Philadelphia Flyers

Video: Flyers, Pens engage in fight-filled second period on Rivalry Night


It’s fight night in Philadelphia.

The Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins have renewed hostilities, and that’s putting it lightly, in a scrap-filled second period. It’s still a close game, by the way.

So, there’s a lot to get through:

Zach Sill vs. Michael Raffl threw down to kick things off…

Shortly after that, Ray Emery took a minor roughing penalty for punching David Perron in the face:

The rough stuff continued when Jakub Voracek and Rob Scuderi threw down:

Followed by a scrap between Luke Schenn and Steve Downie…

And finished with a tilt featuring Pierre-Edouard Bellemare and the recently recalled Bobby Farnham:

All told, the two teams combined for 64 penalty minutes in the middle frame, and are now at 83 total for the game. And there’s still the third period to go!

Video: Rinaldo tossed for boarding Letang


It didn’t take long for Rivalry Night to boil over in Philly.

Flyers forward Zac Rinaldo was given a five-minute major and game misconduct for boarding Pens d-man Kris Letang with about five minutes to go in the opening frame:

The hit will almost certainly garner a review from the NHL’s Department of Player Safety. Rinaldo has a history as a repeat offender, which includes a four-game suspension for a hit to the head of Buffalo’s Chad Ruhwedel last April.

Letang left the game following the hit and didn’t return. No word yet if he’s done for the night.

Get your game notes: Penguins at Flyers

Tonight on NBCSN, it’s the Philadelphia Flyers hosting the Pittsburgh Penguins at 7:30 p.m. ET. Following are some game notes, as compiled by the NHL on NBC research team:

The City of Brotherly Love Hosts Steel City

• Trouble in Philly: The Flyers are coming off a 7-4 loss to the Islanders yesterday afternoon – the most goals allowed for the Flyers since last February.

• Potentially worse than the defeat though, defensemen Nick Schultz (out for tonight) and Carlo Colaiacovo (questionable) suffered upper-body injuries in the loss.

• The Flyers now have four injured defensemen (also Braydon Coburn and Nicklas Grossmann), and GM Ron Hextall made two call ups from Lehigh Valley yesterday as a result.

• Brandon Manning, 24, played 2 games for PHI earlier in the season, recording 1 assist. He was selected to the 2015 AHL All-Star Classic.

• Oliver Lauridsen (LAW-rihd-suhn), a 2009 7th-round pick from Denmark, played in 15 games for the Flyers in 2012-13 and had 2 goals & 1 assist.

• The Flyers have allowed 14 goals in the last 3 games, and now sit 11 points back of BOS for the final Wild Card spot having lost 9 of the last 13 games (4-8-1 record).

• Penguins losing ground: PIT is coming off a 5-2 loss vs. the Rangers on Sunday, continuing their winter slump. Since Dec. 22, the Penguins have lost 8 of 12 games (4-6-2 record), and have seen a 2-point Metropolitan Division lead turn into a 2nd place standing, 5-points back of 1st.

• The Penguins won the Metro last season and the Atlantic Division in the 2012-13 season, but the Penguins have never won their division in 3 consecutive seasons.

• The Penguins are coming off consecutive losses (to NYI and NYR) in which they allowed a combined 11 goals, which is their most goals allowed in a 2-game span since they gave up 14 in Feb. 2011 (also against NYI and NYR).

• Voracek and Giroux are the only 2 Flyers on the All-Star roster, while Crosby and Malkin are 2 of the 3 Pens headed to Columbus (Marc-Andre Fleury).

• The last time two teammates finished 1-2 in the scoring race in a full season was in 1995-96, when Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr (PIT) accomplished the feat (Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis were 1-2 in the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season for TB).

• PHI has never had a player lead the NHL in scoring by himself in the 46+ seasons of the franchise (in lockout-shortened 1994-95 season, Eric Lindros shared for the NHL lead in pts…70 – w/ Jaromir Jagr).

• On the other hand, Crosby (2014) & Malkin (2012) have won the Art Ross trophy for PIT in the last 3 years. Those two have also combined to win 4 of the last 8 scoring titles.


• All David Perron and Crosby: These two linemates have scored all 5 of PIT’s goals in the past 2 games.

• Perron enters on a 3-game point streak (4G-2A), and has 7 points in 6 GP since being traded from EDM.

• Crosby scored a goal against NYR, and is riding a 4-game point streak (4G-4A).

• Crosby career vs. PHI: 75 points (30G-45A) in 49 GP. The only team Crosby has more points against in his career is the Islanders (88 pts).

• Evgeni Malkin has 9 points (3G-6A) in last 7 games.

• Malkin is one of just 3 Pens to have played in all 44 games this season (Nick Spaling, Rob Scuderi).

• Malkin career vs. PHI: 59 points (22G-37A) in 44 GP.

• Marc Andre-Fleury was pulled from the Penguins last game vs. NYR early in the 2nd period after allowing 4 goals on 17 shots.

• Power play back on track: PIT has broken out of its recent power-play slump…

• Last game vs. NYR: 1-3 on PP

• Last 4 games: 5-11 on PP (at least 1 PP goal in each)…….7 previous games: 1-19 (5.3%) on PP

• The Pens are 17-3-1 when scoring on the power play this season, but have lost the last 2 such games.

• Overall this season: 23.4% on PP (5th in NHL).


• Giroux has 7 points (2G-5A) in his last 8 games after a goal yesterday on Long Island.

• Since the start of the 2011-12 season, Giroux has the most points in the NHL (277 in 253 GP), followed closely by Crosby and Malkin.

• Simmonds slumping: Though 2nd on the team in goals (16), top forward Wayne Simmonds has 0 goals in his last 7 games, and just 1 goal in his last 13.

• Inconsistent goaltending lately: 33-year-old first-year goaltender Rob Zepp became the oldest goalie to win his NHL debut since 1926-27 when he beat WPG on Dec. 21, but his numbers have not been great overall this season.

• Zepp was pulled in the 2nd period on Monday vs. NYI, after allowing 4 goals on 20 shots. He was not credited with the loss (did not surrender the GWG), but in 6 GP Zepp now has a 2.92 GAA and .889 SV% (3-1-0 record).

• Ray Emery took the loss in relief yesterday, and he has now lost 5 straight decisions in regulation (0-5-0 record), with a 4.71 GAA in that span. Emery has not won in nearly a month (Dec. 23: 5-2 win at MIN).

Goalie nods: Price returns from injury to face Preds

All the latest from the blue paint…

Carey’s back for Habs

After missing Saturday’s win over the Islanders with an upper-body injury, Carey Price will return to the Montreal net tonight when the Habs host the Preds at the Bell Centre.

Price, who’s having a Vezina- and Hart Trophy-caliber season, is 23-10-2 on the year with a .927 save percentage and 2.19 GAA. He’s headed to his fourth All-Star Game in Columbus on the weekend and is easily the biggest reason why Montreal comes into tonight’s game sitting third in the Atlantic Division, just three points back of Tampa Bay for top spot.

For the Preds, Carter Hutton will be in goal.


Sens at Rangers: Craig Anderson vs. Henrik Lundqvist

Oilers at Caps: Viktor Fasth vs. Braden Holtby

Pens at Flyers: Thomas Greiss vs. Ray Emery

Wild at Wings: Devan Dubnyk vs. Petr Mrazek

Canucks at Bolts: Ben Bishop for Tampa Bay, Ryan Miller likely for Vancouver.

Coyotes at Blackhawks: Mike Smith vs. Antti Raanta

Bruins at Stars: Tuukka Rask likely for Boston, Kari Lehtonen likely for Dallas.

NHL on NBCSN: Pens look to avoid a sixth-straight loss to the Flyers


NBCSN will continue its coverage of the 2014-15 campaign when the Phildelphia Flyers host the Pittsburgh Penguins at Wells Fargo Center tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET tonight. In addition to NBCSN, you can also watch the game and pre-show online.

The Pittsburgh Penguins will look to avoid a third straight loss and keep pace with the Metropolitan Division-leading New York Islanders tonight when they visit the Philadelphia Flyers.

The Flyers, losers of three of their last five, are coming off a 7-4 defeat at the hands of the Islanders, who hold a five point lead on the Penguins.

The Penguins have lost five straight against the Flyers. Philadelphia won the only other meeting this season between the to clubs 5-3 on Oct. 22.

Philadelphia is 3-2-0 at Wells Fargo Center in 2015.

The Flyers suffered further blows to its’ blue line losing Nick Schultz and Carlo Colaiacovo to upper body injuries on Monday. Brandon Manning and Oliver Lauridsen were recalled from the American Hockey League and could play tonight.

Pittsburgh enters tonight’s action following a loss 6-3 at the Islanders last Friday and 5-2 defeat to the New York Rangers on Sunday.

Captain Sidney Crosby has four goals and four assists in his past four games and defenseman Kris Letang has a goal and six assists during a four-game point streak. In 23 career games at Wells Fargo Center Evgeni Malkin has 13 goals and 30 points.

Flyers winger Jakub Voracek had two assists against the Islanders increasing his NHL lead in points (55) to three over the Dallas Stars’ Tyler Seguin. Voracek’s 38 assists are two more than Crosby for the league lead.

The Penguins recalled forward Bobby Farnham from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League on Tuesday. Farnham made his NHL debut on Dec. 13 and has appeared in 10 games this season with Pittsburgh averaging 7:22 in ice time to go along with 19 penalty minutes.

It’s uncertain at this point who will start in goal tonight. Both Marc-Andre Fleury and Rob Zepp were pulled from their last starts. Fleury allowed four goals on 17 shots before being pulled Sunday against the Rangers. Zepp allowed four goals on 20 shots before being pulled Monday.

Tuesday’s game marks the first of two games in hand the Penguins have on the Islanders.

The two clubs meet twice more this season with the next game coming April 1 in Pittsburgh.

Tonight marks the Flyers’ final game prior to the all star break while the Penguins play host to the Blackhawks Wednesday prior to the break.