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Flyers vs. Penguins: Which team would you rather see lose?


Harry Zolnierczyk (left) and Joe Vitale provided a series preview on Saturday in Pittsburgh. (Gene J. Puskar/AP)

Yes, the Pens and Flyers do not like one another, and it’s not hard to see why. They’ve faced off 258 times over 44 years, and while the Flyers own a 140-81-30 lead in the all-time series, it was the Penguins who eliminated them from the postseason in 2008 and 2009.

The Penguins finally have their full arsenal of offensive weapons with Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby and Jordan Staal all healthy. And along with the usual suspects — Claude Giroux, Scott Hartnell and Danny Briere — Philadelphia now has that Jaromir Jagr guy, who helped the Pens to the Cup in 1991 and 1992.

Yes, all the pieces are in place for a fun, physical series.

But who should Washington Capitals fans want to emerge from this 4-5 “bloodbath?” Or, perhaps more appropriately, which team would you rather see lose?

Wednesday’s lineup:

Flyers at Penguins, 7:30 (NBCSN)

Red Wings at Predators, 8 (CNBC)

Kings at Canucks, 10:30 (NBCSN)

Consider this your open thread for all of tonight’s action.

Caps-Bruins links

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Post Sports Live: Can Holtby handle the pressure?

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Schedule: First-round matchups

Matt Brooks is the high school sports editor for The Washington Post. He's an Arlington native and longtime District resident and was previously a high school sports reporter, editor for several blogs and Early Lead contributor with The Post.

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