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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.

Flyers recall Brandon Manning and Oliver Lauridsen


The Philadelphia Flyers have recalled defensemen Brandon Manning and Oliver Lauridsen from the American Hockey League’s Lehigh Valley Phantoms the club announced.

The transaction is a result of upper body injuries to Nick Schultz and Carlo Colaiacovo suffered in Monday’s 7-4 loss to the New York Islanders.

The Flyers play host to the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight in their final game prior to the all star break. Philadelphia won the only other meeting in the battle of Pennsylvania 5-3 on Oct. 22.

Schultz will not play Tuesday while Colaiacovo is questionable.

Flyers’ GM Ron Hextall, who has been looking for defensive help since Andrew MacDonald and Braydon Coburn were injured in October, will have to rely on patchwork blue line once again.

Manning, 24, has appeared in two games for the Flyers this season recording an assist while averaging 11:45 in ice time.

This is Lauridsen’s first call up since the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season. The 25-year-old recorded two goals and an assist in 15 games that season with the Flyers.

The Penguins will look to avoid a third straight loss tonight when they visit Philadelphia.

Flyers retain Lauridsen for two years, $1.2M


The Philadelphia Flyers handed defenseman Oliver Lauridsen a two-year, $1.2 million contract on Wednesday.

Team Web site reporter Anthony SanFilippo reports that it’s structured in an interesting way: the first year is two-way while the second is one-way.

Perhaps that provides a window into how the team feels the 24-year-old’s development is coming along. (It could also be a matter of salary cap management, too.)

At 6-foot-6, Lauridsen at least boasts the size to justify the team’s curiosity, and could be quite the nice find as a seventh-round pick (196th overall) in the 2009 NHL Draft.

The Denmark native played in 15 games at the NHL level with Philly toward the end of last season, collecting three points and 34 PIM while averaging a little more than 15 minutes per game.