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Flyers @ Pens Pre-Game Buzz: Letang not ruled out
FLYERS (45-24-9, 99 pts) @ Penguins (48-24-6, 102 pts)
The Penguins might get a big boost on the blueline this afternoon.
Head coach Dan Bylsma being quiet on his lineup, would not rule out Kris Letang returning to the lineup today during his pregame media session. Bylsma calling his lineup a game time decision, would only confirm that Marc Andre Fleury would be back in goal.
Letang has missed the past three games due to what is believed to be a sore ankle/mild sprain.
If Letang plays, Brian Strait is expected to come out of the lineup. The Penguins yesterday re-assigned Simon Despres to Wilkes Barre/Scranton. Letang will take the pre-game skate, increasing chances of him playing.
The Flyers come into today’s game trailing the Penguins by three points, after losing to Ottawa in a shootout yesterday afternoon. A win by Pittsburgh in regulation will pull them five points ahead of Philadelphia with three games to play, pretty much locking up the No. 4 seed. A Flyers win in regulation moves them one point behind the Penguins and clinches them the season series. They are 3-1 against Pittsburgh this season.
The Flyers 6-1-1 in their last eight games against Pittsburgh, are 4-0 all-time at Consol Energy Center. Goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov, who was 10-2-1 with a 1.43 goals-against average in March, is doubtful to play after sitting out the past two games with a chip fracture in his right foot.
Sergei Bobrovsky is 4-0 all-time at Consol, posting a .929 save percentage.