April has in a sense become the time for the Battle of Pennsylvania to take center stage.
The Philadelphia Flyers (39-25-13) will meet their cross-state rivals twice in the final week of the season, and each holds incredibly high stakes.
The Pittsburgh Penguins (45-25-8) locked in their spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Saturday with a dominant 5-0 win over the Islanders. They come in riding a similar hot streak to when the Flyers last saw them, with wins in their last five games and 10 of their last 11 games.
Faceoff between the Flyers and Penguins is set for 5 p.m.
Steve Mason has been in a zone of late. He made 33 saves in another win on Saturday and has been rock solid between the pipes in making eight straight starts. The only time he's allowed three goals or more in that stretch was in the first game, which came against the Penguins on March 19.
Matt Murray has been the Penguins backup, but with the news that Marc-Andre Fleury is out indefinitely with a concussion, the Penguins may be riding their rookie goalie into the playoffs. Murray picked up his first career shutout on Saturday, and despite not being used on both ends of a back-to-back at the NHL level, the Penguins may just ride the momentum into Sunday's game.
Flyers Projected Lineup
Scratches: Scott Laughton, Evgeny Medvedev, R.J. Umberger, Jordan Weal, Michael Del Zotto
There are no lineup changes again for the Flyers, who will use the same lineup as in the last two games.
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