MORNING SKATE BUZZ
FLYERS (13-16-1, 27 pts) @ PENGUINS (24-8-0, 48 pts)
The Penguins look to extend their winning streak to 12 games tonight against their cross-state rivals the Philadelphia Flyers and hit the 50 point plateau.
The Flyers fighting for their playoff lives, are five points out of the last playoff spot in the East and they are reaching the point in the season where they have to start putting together some long winning streaks to salvage the season. That appears to be a difficult task for the Flyers who have only won two games in a row once since February 7th and have not had a winning streak this season of more than two games.
The Flyers come in a fresh team last playing Monday night vs the Tampa Bay Lightning, a 4-2 loss. Philadelphia the past two seasons have snapped Penguin winning streaks of 12 and 11 games.
All signs point to Evgeni Malkin not playing tonight. Malkin has missed the Penguins last seven games due to a shoulder injury but has been skating with the team since early this week.