Penguins-Flyers Preview

The Philadelphia Flyers recorded only one win against the

Pittsburgh Penguins last season, but have an early advantage in the

rivalry less than two weeks into the 2010-11 campaign.

In their second meeting, the Flyers will look to snap a

five-game home losing streak to the Penguins on Saturday night.

Philadelphia (2-1-1), which is 1-1-0 on its season-high

five-game homestand, is coming off a 3-2 loss to Tampa Bay on

Thursday. Nikolay Zherdev scored his 100th career goal and Danny

Briere added his third in four contests.

Philadelphia, which was third in the NHL in power-play

percentage last season at 21.5 percent, was 0 for 4 with the man

advantage, and 1 for 17 in 2010-11.

“Not enough support on the puck, not enough movement with the

puck, not enough urgency in our step and not enough attack at the

net,” coach Peter Laviolette told the team’s official website. “The

bottom line is that it has to be better.”

While the Flyers are looking to pick up some more wins during

the early homestand, they’ve dropped five straight at Wells Fargo

Center against the Penguins, including three last season.

This will be the second of three meetings between the Atlantic

Division rivals this month. Philadelphia opened the season with a

3-2 win on Oct. 7 in Pittsburgh at the new Consol Energy Center,

where the teams will meet again Oct. 29.

“Those games … it’s a lot easier to get up for,” Briere said.

“(You) don’t need a lot of self motivation when you play the

Penguins. The rivalry there, the hatred between the two teams,

they’re always fun and intense to play.”

The atmosphere in Philadelphia figures to be particularly

intense with Game 1 of the NL championship series between the

Phillies and San Francisco Giants being played later that night at

nearby Citizens Bank Ballpark.

The Penguins (2-3-0) are looking to put back-to-back wins

together after a 3-2 overtime victory over the New York Islanders

on Friday for their first home victory in four tries.

“I was sick of answering questions about the first win here, so

that will be a relief,” said Alex Goligoski, who scored the game

winner on the power play. “It’s nice. It’s just relief to finally

win one.”

Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin assisted on Goligoski’s tally.

Both came in with a goal and an assist as they continue to

struggle.

Visiting Philadelphia might help. It’s there where Malkin has a

six-game point streak, which includes three goals, and Crosby has

eight assists and 11 points in his last eight games.

“When you have guys like Crosby and Malkin, they can open up a

game in a hurry,” Briere said. “They’re never out of a game, you

always have to be careful. They’re a tough team.”