After a homestand that saw the Flyers earn 10 of 12 possible points to help bolster their case for the playoffs, they find themselves on a quick trip to Florida to take on a Tampa Bay Lightning team that they beat to cap the homestand on Monday.
A big disadvantage for the Orange and Black, however, is a lack of playing throughout the week. They found themselves to within two points of the second wild card spot, but thanks to Detroit's 3-2 comeback win over Winnipeg on Thursday, they now sit three back.
One benefit to not playing, however, is that the Flyers continue to stockpile games in hand. As the regular season begins to wind down, though, games continue to remain of the utmost urgency for the Flyers. They can not afford any missteps, particularly against a Lightning team that's always quick to capitalize on any and all mistakes.
The Flyers and Lightning face off from Amalie Arena at 7:30 p.m.
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Thanks to a five-assist effort from Tom Kostopoulos and a two-goal night from Carter Rowney, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins were able to complete a three-goal comeback in the third period and top the Phantoms 6-5 in overtime on Wednesday.
Rowney's 19th goal of the season capped the comeback for the Penguins at 3:28 of the extra period, after they trailed 5-2 entering the third period. Kael Mouillierat and Jarrett Burton each scored 44 seconds apart to bring the Penguins to within one, and Jean-Sebastian Dea tied the game on a late push with 4.1 seconds to play.
It's been long-rumored that the Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins would be facing off in an outdoor game, and in an announcement on Wednesday, it finally became official.
The Flyers and Penguins will take the ice at Heinz Field on Feb. 18, as part of the Coors Light NHL Stadium Series. This will be the third outdoor game in franchise history (and first since 2012's Winter Classic), and second outdoor game at the venue that normally plays host to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The game will also be part of the 50th anniversary celebrations for both clubs, and gives them a unique opportunity to reprise their storied rivalry in an outdoor setting. It will be the fourth outdoor game played in the 2016-17 campaign, joining the Edmonton-Winnipeg Heritage Classic on Oct. 23, the Detroit-Toronto Centennial Classic on New Year's Day and the Chicago-St. Louis Winter Classic on Jan. 2.
Last month, the Flyers announced big plans for their 50th anniversary, which feature a new logo, a new jersey and a Flyers-Penguins alumni game (which may coincide with the weekend, though that game will take place at Wells Fargo Center).
For several years now, it had been speculated that the Flyers and Penguins would meet on the neutral ice of Penn State's Beaver Stadium. While Penn State had interest in hosting the game, plans never came to fruition. Evidently, the outdoor game will be taking place in Pittsburgh next season, and it's possible that both teams will meet outdoors again in 2017-18 in a Philadelphia stadium.
The Flyers' dominance on Pittsburgh ice since 2010 has been well-documented. They get the chance now to extend that dominance in an outdoor game, and Flyers fans get the opportunity to take over the Steel City for what promises to be a fun weekend.
Rob Riches is a contributor to Flyerdelphia and Sports Talk Philly. Follow him on Twitter @Riches61