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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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NYK 82
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CHI 118
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CHAT 72
 
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CCST 55
 
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DAY 64
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ODU 71
FIU 56
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RMU 87
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FATL 61
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LIB 53
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KNST 67
 
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LIP 62
 
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MD 56
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Terriers 73
MNTER 67
 
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NKENTUCKY 75
 
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SHU 64
 
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GMAS 68
STLU 60
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JVU 65
USCU 78
 
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WCU 85
 
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LATU 69
WKENT 56
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UNCG 42
WOFF 58
 
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DET 93
YOUNG 87
 
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APP 46
 
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EILL 51
 
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HC 54
 
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UCONN 58
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NDST 61
DEN 54
 
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MAST 66
 
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ILLCH 65
 
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JVST 82
 
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MARS 69
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TXSA 69
MTST 58
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RIDE 58
 
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SIUE 75
 
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TENST 64
TENT 56
 
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NDAK 60
WEBER 67
 
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LALAF 85
 
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ARKST 65
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TROY 55
LAMON 58
 
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UGST 88
 
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EKENT 78
 
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NCOL 79
IDST 76
 
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MIZZ 53
KENT 69
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PORT 46
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UAB 69
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CHIST 62
 
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USC 94
COL 98
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UCI 67
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HAW 84
 
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PAC 43
PEPP 50
 
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SDU 69
SCU 64
 
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UCD 70
UCSB 64
 
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UCLA 69
UTAH 59
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PORST 54
MONT 73
 
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SACST 75
MNTST 59
 
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CSFU 85
LBSU 91
 
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GAELS 68
LMU 54
 
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WASU 67
CAL 76
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BYU 78
USF 74
 
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PHI 5
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ARI 3
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FLA 3
CLB 2
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TAM 5
DET 1
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STL 5
NAS 4
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MIN 1
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BUF 2
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