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Playoff Schedule Announced: Flyers, Pens kick off Schedule on Wednesday

With 82 games out of the way, the most exciting time of the NHL season is finally here.

On Sunday afternoon, the league officially announced the schedule for the first round of the playoffs.

The Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins will kick off the postseason on Wednesday night on the NBC Sports Group at 7:30.

Here is how the schedule will play out for the matchup between the Flyers and Penguins:

Game 1: 7:30 PM on Wednesday, April 11 (NBC Sports Group) @Pittsburgh

Game 2: 7:30 PM on Friday, April 13 (NBC Sports Group) @Pittsburgh

Game 3: 3 PM on Sunday, April 15 (NBC) @Philadelphia

Game 4:  7:30 PM on Wednesday, April 18 (NBC Sports Group) @Philadelphia

Game 5 (if necessary): 7:30 PM on Friday, April 20 (NBC Sports Group) @Pittsburgh

Game 6 (if necessary): TBD @Philadelphia

Game 7 (if necessary): TBD @Pittsburgh

This is the sixth meeting between these two teams in the playoffs. The Flyers currently hold the edge in the rivalry, winning three of the five series. However, Pittsburgh has won the two most recent meetings (2008, 2009), going on to play in the Stanley Cup Final in both years. They won the cup in 2009.

The Flyers won the season series this year, 4-2. They outscored the Penguins 22-20 in that span.

The Flyers are currently 5-1-0 in Pittsburgh’s new arena, the Consol Energy Center.

Scott Hartnell scored the game-winning goal in two games against the Penguins this season.

Claude Giroux led all Philadelphia scorers with eight points (one goal, seven assists), where as Jaromir Jagr led all Flyers players in goals scored with four.

Jakub Voracek, Kimmo Timonen, Max Talbot, Hartnell and Wayne Simmonds all scored two goals or more against the Pens this year.

Ilya Bryzgalov and Sergei Bobrovsky both registered two wins against Pittsburgh this season. Bryzgalov is 2-0-0 with a 2.60 GAA and a .912 save percentage.

Evgeni Malkin led all Penguins in points against the Flyers this season, finishing with nine (three goals, six assists). He was tied with James Neal for most goals with three.

Sidney Crosby had four points in three games against the Flyers this season (one goal, three assists).

Chris Kunitz, Jordan Staal, Malkin, Matt Cooke, Neal, Pascal Dupuis and Steve Sullivan all scored two goals or more against the Flyers.

Marc-Andre Fleury went 1-3-1 in six games against the Flyers this season; he had a 3.41 GAA and a .872 save percentage.



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