Will Flyers 'show up as a team,' spoil some things for division leaders? originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia
Coming off three straight losses to the seventh-place Devils, the Flyers (22-22-7) welcome the first-place Penguins (34-15-3) to Philadelphia for a back-to-back set starting Monday.
Let's get into the essentials for the game:
When: 7 p.m. ET with The Warm Up at 6 p.m. ET and Flyers Pregame Live at 6:15 p.m. ET
Where: Wells Fargo Center
Broadcast: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Live stream: NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com and the NBC Sports MyTeams app
• The Flyers haven't played the Penguins at the Wells Fargo Center since the season's first two games. The Flyers won both matchups by a combined score of 11-5, fueling the high expectations around the team.
By simply looking at the records, everyone can see the clubs have gone in different directions since that season-opening two-game set.
The Flyers have gone 20-22-7 after those pair of victories, while Pittsburgh has gone 34-13-3 and sits atop the East Division.
The Penguins come to Philadelphia having won 10 of their last 13 games. They are two points ahead of the second-place Capitals, who have a game in hand on Pittsburgh.
The Flyers are playing for jobs and pride at this point as management ponders how to rework a group that fell well short of expectations. Perhaps the Flyers will jump on the challenge of making things difficult for the Penguins and Capitals. The Flyers have these two games against Pittsburgh, two more with Washington and then their regular-season finale versus New Jersey.
"At this point, we’ve got to worry about ourselves and how we play and try to play as a team," Claude Giroux said after the Flyers' 4-1 loss Saturday. "Just battle out there. Obviously, it doesn’t matter who we play, we need to show up as a team here."
• The Penguins have a losing record against only two East Division teams.
They've gone 2-3-1 against the Flyers and 3-4-1 against the Bruins. Against the other five teams in the division, they've gone a combined 29-8-1.
Claude Giroux-Sean Couturier-Travis Konecny
Joel Farabee-Kevin Hayes-Jakub Voracek
James van Riemsdyk-Nolan Patrick-Nicolas Aube-Kubel
Oskar Lindblom-Scott Laughton-Wade Allison
Ivan Provorov-Justin Braun
Shayne Gostisbehere-Robert Hagg
Travis Sanheim-Philippe Myers
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