PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins (10-9-5) split their two-game road trip as they rallied to beat Winnipeg but their rally fizzled against Colorado. The Penguins host the Philadelphia Flyers (10-12-2), who have not won a Stanley Cup in 42 years, Saturday at PPG Paints Arena.
Penguins captain Sidney Crosby had a natural hat trick in Colorado, Wednesday (11, 12, 13), but the Penguins could not sustain their rally and lost 6-3. Crosby was the Penguins only goal scorer.
Backup goalie Tristan Jarry made only 20 saves on 25 shots.
Casey DeSmith will start against the Flyers, Saturday. Tuesday, DeSmith made 24 saves on 27 shots as the Penguins fourth line scored two goals in the third period for a 4-3 win in Winnipeg.
Penguins winger Patric Hornqvist appears ready to return to the lineup, Saturday.
The Flyers lost Tuesday at home to Ottawa, 4-3. Ottawa scored three third-period goals.
News & Notes
*Last season the Penguins swept the Flyers 4-0, and beat them in the Round One of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
*The Penguins are 12 for 12 on the PK since Nov. 15 when they gave up four power-play goals to Tampa Bay.
*The Flyers have gone two straight games without a power play for the first time since the NHL began keeping track in 1977.
*The Flyers are the best faceoff team in the NHL (55.6%)
Matt Murray (Lower Body. IR. 4 games missed)
Matt Cullen (Lower Body. IR. 6 games missed)
Justin Schultz (Leg Fracture. IR. 20 games missed)
Corban Knight (Broken Collarbone. IR. 13 games missed)
Brian Elliott (Lower Body. 5 games missed).
Penguins Power Play: 24.6% (8th NHL)
Penguins Penalty Kill: 82.6% (6th NHL)
Flyers Power Play: 15.7% (25th NHL)
Flyers Penalty Kill: 70.9% (30th NHL).
Expected Penguins Lines
|Jason Zucker||Sidney Crosby||Conor Sheary|
|Patrick Marleau||Evgeni Malkin||Bryan Rust|
|Evan Rodrigues||Jared McCann||Patric Hornqvist|
|Brandon Tanev||Teddy Blueger||Sam Lafferty|
|Brian Dumoulin||Kris Letang|
|Marcus Pettersson||John Marino|
|Jack Johnson||Justin Schultz|