Penguins vs. Flyers preview: Battle of Pa. resumes Thursday in Philadelphia

Bruce Bennett

The Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins don't like each other very much. They are scheduled to play on Thursday night.

The Philadelphia Flyers (11-12-1) will host the Pittsburgh Penguins (15-8-0) at Wells Fargo Center on Thursday night.

It will mark the third of four meetings between the clubs this season and will be the final game between the two in Philadelphia this regular season.

With this matchup already considered one of the fiercest rivalries in the NHL, the Flyers and Penguins managed to add more fuel to the fire in their last encounter. Playing in NBC's nationally televised "Rivalry Wednesday," the teams traded goals in a contest reminiscent of their playoff series from last year. Despite a late goal from the Penguins, Flyers forward Jakub Voracek responded seconds later with the eventual game-winning goal to cement the win for Philadelphia, 6-5.

The goal was Voracek's third of the game and it was the second consecutive contest in which he recorded three or more points. Dating back to Feb. 16, the 23-year-old Kladno native has compiled 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) in nine games.

In addition to Voracek, captain Claude Giroux (13 points) and forward Wayne Simmonds (11 points) have been key contributors over that nine-game span. However, secondary scoring is beginning to become an issue for the club.

Pittsburgh will enter the night on a two-game winning streak, which has seen a considerable amount of scoring. The Penguins outscored opponents 11-9 over those two games. The team is currently ranked second in the NHL in average goals per game (3.48), trailing only the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Penguins captain Sidney Crosby will enter Thursday night as the league's top scorer, registering 36 points (11 goals, 25 assists) in 23 games this season. He has produced 19 points over his last 10 games. He will carry a five-game point streak (11 points) into Thursday's contest.

Thursday night's game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., ET and will be televised on NHLN-US, ROOT and CSN-PH.

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