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Thursday, October 17th (All times Eastern)

Pittsburgh Penguins (5-1-0) at Philadelphia Flyers (1-6-0), 7 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The basement-dwelling Philadelphia Flyers will host the first-place Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday, as the Pennsylvania rivals meet for the first time in 2013-14.

While the Penguins have jumped out to a 5-1-0 start and are sitting atop the Metropolitan Division with 10 points, the 1-6-0 Flyers are eight points behind in last place.

Although the Flyers upset Pittsburgh in the opening round of the 2012 playoffs, the Pens have claimed two straight and four of the past five regular-season meetings between the clubs. Philadelphia also has dropped two in a row and three of its past four home tilts against the Penguins, not including the postseason.

Philadelphia fired head coach Peter Laviolette after an 0-3-0 start, but the coaching switch has done little to spark the Flyers. The team responded with a win in the first game with Craig Berube behind the bench, but the Flyers have since lost three straight in regulation.

The Flyers held a 2-1 lead heading into the third period of Tuesday's home game against Vancouver, but the Canucks wound up winning the contest 3-2 in regulation. Ryan Kesler scored a pair of goals for the visitors, including the deciding tally with 2:25 left in regulation.

Tye McGinn registered his first career two-goal effort for the Flyers, while Steve Mason made 22 stops in the loss.

Despite playing in only two games for Philadelphia this season, McGinn is leading the club with three goals. The Flyers have a total of 10 goals in seven games this season and are a pitiful 2-for-29 on the power play this season.

Of course, the powerful Penguins have had little trouble scoring goals this season. The club is averaging 3.83 goals per contest, potting 23 scores in only six games.

Evgeni Malkin scored the game-winner in Pittsburgh's most recent game, a 3-2 regulation victory over Edmonton on Tuesday. Malkin scored on the power play 7:20 into the third period to lift the Pens to the home win over the Oilers.

Pascal Dupuis and Chris Kunitz each registered a goal and an assist, while Sidney Crosby collected a trio of helpers for the Penguins, who are off to their best home start (4-0) since opening the 1994-95 season 7-0 at Civic Arena.

"Our guys capitalized on some chances and found ways to put it in the back of the net," Crosby said. "We generated some good chances tonight and it was nice to get it going."

Crosby is leading all NHLers this season with 12 points on five goals and seven assists. He has been a thorn in Philadelphia's side over the years, recording 71 points (28 G, 43A) in 43 regular-season games against the Flyers.

Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 20-of-22 shots in Tuesday's triumph and is expected to get the start again tonight.

Pittsburgh is playing just one game on the road before returning to the Steel City for a three-game homestand. The residency begins with Saturday's tilt against Vancouver.

10/17 10:42:17 ET

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Local
Final
NCCU 65
EILL 40
 
1st
NCSU 21
BSU 18
 
1st
PIT 1
CAR 1
 
2nd
CHA 24
GSW 28
 
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UF
UNC
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TULSA
ECU
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BOS 102
CHI 109
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CHA 24
GSW 28
 
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TOR
DAL
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MIL
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ATL
NOP
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LAC
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NYK
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ORL
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PHO
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WMICH 21
NILL 31
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SMU 9
HOU 35
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IOWA 34
NEB 37
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SFLA 0
UCF 16
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MARS 66
WKENT 67
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KSU 27
AKR 24
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BGU 24
BST 41
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UMASS 21
BUF 41
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EMICH 16
TOL 52
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MIZZ 21
ARK 14
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SALABAMA 40
NAVY 42
 
Final
ARZ 42
ARST 35
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AFA 27
COLST 24
 
Final
UCLA 10
STAN 31
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VT
UVA
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TULSA
ECU
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NCCU 65
EILL 40
 
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KU 82
TENN 67
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TEXAM 87
NO 65
 
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NCAT 57
RAD 65
 
Final
GEOR 58
BUT 64
Final
BRO 81
PVU 71
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RIU 66
SCU 44
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NARZ 70
SOUTH 63
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DART 68
MAST 67
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WRST 59
FIU 61
Final
XAV 73
UTEP 77
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OSU 73
JMU 56
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TXSOU 71
LAM 59
 
Final
TAMCC 75
MVSU 66
 
Final
AKAN 51
MIZST 55
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BUCK 80
PSU 88
 
Final
PROV 72
YALE 66
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UGA 62
MINN 66
 
Final
WISC 69
OKLA 56
Final
Terriers 70
NORST 72
 
Final
PEAY 62
STEPH 83
 
2nd
FSU 39
CSOU 31
 
2nd
VALPO 55
DRAK 33
 
2nd
CIN 59
MTST 40
 
2nd
SDU 60
PRIN 52
 
2nd
WASU 53
RICE 44
 
2nd
CSFU 38
USCU 47
 
Half
GT 30
RIDE 30
 
1st
TXPA 29
ALAST 43
 
1st
NCSU 21
BSU 18
 
1st
TCU 16
BRAD 11
 
1st
WAKE 36
DELST 31
 
1st
HART 27
EMERSON 21
 
1st
STJ 20
GONZ 21
 
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CLEM 24
HIGH 13
 
1st
SYR 24
HC 13
 
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MD 28
MON 14
 
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JVST 26
SAV 25
 
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MIAMI 34
SALA 11
 
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RUTG 29
VANDY 22
 
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TENST
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MARS
CLST
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HOF
 
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MEM
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UNC
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MURST
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UNCG
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WMICH
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LAS
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BAY
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UCLA
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WASH
LBSU
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PHI 0
NYR 3
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ANA 1
CHI 4
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WAS 5
NYI 2
 
1st
PIT 1
CAR 1
 
1st
NJD 2
DET 1
 
1st
BUF 1
MON 0
 
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CLB 0
VAN 0
 
1st
BOS 0
WIN 1
 
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FLA
OTT
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STL
EDM
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DAL
MIN