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Wednesday, November 13th (All times Eastern)

Philadelphia Flyers (6-10-1) at Pittsburgh Penguins (11-6-0), 8 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Pittsburgh Penguins will try to avoid their second three-game slide of the season when they welcome the rival Philadelphia Flyers for Wednesday's Metropolitan Division battle at CONSOL Energy Center.

Pittsburgh has lost two straight in regulation, marking just the second time this season the club has dropped consecutive games. The Penguins only three- game slide came during an 0-3-0 stretch from Oct. 21-26.

Philadelphia, meanwhile, enters Wednesday's clash on a two-game winning streak, marking just the second time this season the club has earned consecutive wins. The Flyers also picked up their most impressive victory of the season on Tuesday, posting a 5-0 decision at Ottawa.

The Flyers hope to keep the offense headed in the right direction in Pittsburgh. The club has only scored more than two goals on three occasions this season, but two of those instances came during this two-game win streak.

Philadelphia dominated the Senators on Tuesday, outshooting Ottawa by a 31-24 margin and recording two power-play goals on three chances.

Steve Mason stopped all 24 shots to record his first shutout in a Flyers sweater and the 20th of his career. Mason distinguished himself as the second Flyers goaltender to record a shutout in Ottawa. John Vanbiesbrouck was the only other one to accomplish the feat with 36 saves in a 5-0 decision on Jan. 18, 1999.

Jakub Voracek tallied twice, with Brayden Schenn, Matt Read and Vincent Lecavalier scoring once each for the Flyers.

"I think we kind of got back to the basics," Read said. "We're just winning puck battles along the boards and those little things turn into victories."

Philadelphia improved to 3-3-1 on the road with Tuesday's win. The club is playing the middle test of a three-game road trip tonight and will complete the swing Friday in Winnipeg.

Mason could get the start on back-to-back nights in Wednesday's game. He is 2-2-1 with a 3.18 goals against average in five career games against Pittsburgh. Ray Emery is 1-2-0 with a 2.70 GAA versus the Pens.

The Penguins lead the Metro with 22 points, but have been outscored by a combined 7-2 margin during their current two-game slide. Dan Bylsma's team was handed a 5-1 road defeat last Wednesday by the New York Rangers and then fell 2-1 in regulation in Saturday's test at St. Louis.

Pittsburgh hopes to get back on track tonight against a Flyers team that has lost three straight in this series. The Penguins earned a 4-1 win in Philadelphia back on Oct. 17, giving them five victories in the past seven meetings during the regular season. The Flyers also have dropped two of their last three in the Steel City.

A return home could also benefit the Penguins on Wednesday, as the club is 7-2-0 as the host this season compared to a 4-4-0 mark on the road. Beginning with tonight's contest, Pittsburgh will play two straight and three of four at CONSOL Energy Center.

The Pens were held to just one goal for the second straight game on Saturday, dropping a defensive battle against the Blues. Kevin Shattenkirk netted the deciding goal in the middle stages of the third period for St. Louis in the 2-1 decision at Scottrade Center.

Jussi Jokinen registered the lone score for the Penguins, who received 30 stops from Marc-Andre Fleury in the loss.

"It's not the outcome we wanted...but it's a step in the right direction," Penguins defenseman Deryk Engelland said.

Pittsburgh defenseman Paul Martin sat out the last game with an unspecified injury and is questionable for Wednesday's tilt.

11/13 14:12:33 ET

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Standings

2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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Final
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Final
MIA 101
CHA 97
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Final
ATL 3
MIA 1
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CHC 5
ARI 7
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COL 10
SFG 12
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OAK 0
TEX 3
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SEA 5
HOU 3
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PIT 2
CIN 5
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CLE 5
KAN 3
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WAS 5
ANA 4
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TOR 8
BAL 10
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DET 4
CWS 6
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TAM 4
MIN 6
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NYY 1
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STL 2
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SDP 2
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PHI 2
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12:35pm Today
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1:10pm Today
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1:10pm Today
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2:20pm Today
CHC
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7:07pm Tonight
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MIA 101
CHA 97
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SAN 92
DAL 113
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POR 112
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MEM
OKC
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PIT 3
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DAL 4
ANA 2
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STL 3
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DET
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MIN
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DUR 1
 
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