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Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Philadelphia Flyers [Preview/Open Thread]

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IN PHILLY @ 1:00

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Leading scorers: Jeff Carter (34G, 25A), Mike Richards (22G, 35A)

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It's not often that Penguins fans find themselves cheering for the Flyers, but If you're pulling for the best interest of Pittsburgh (regardless of grudges) then Philly's 6-3 win over Buffalo Thursday night was a welcome sight.

Combined with Pitt's win over Montreal, the Flyers helped the Penguins move within four points of the eighth place Sabres. Now if they'd kindly allow the Penguins to pick up two more points, that would be swell.

The Penguins hold a 3-1 series lead over the Flyers this season, but remain 1-1 on Philly ice. Obviously that will change after today's game, preferably for the better.

Philly is 5-2 for the month of February, but both losses have come at the Wachovia Center.

Perhaps there's also the time factor to consider. The Penguins are 1-3 in games starting on or before 1:00, or in the case of Florida, 1:05 (why?). This may be one of those stats that implies the Penguins are simply horrible during afternoon games, or it can be one of those things that eludes even the most analytical of experts. Either way, the 6-3 loss to the Flyers back on December 13 was a 1 pm start.

Expect Martin Biron in net for the Flyers.

Marc-Andre Fleury likely in net for Pitt despite his shaky outing against the Canadiens.