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Penguins-Flyers Preview (The Associated Press)

The Pittsburgh Penguins figured to be a shoo-in for their ninth consecutive postseason appearance, but they’ve made their fate increasingly precarious as the season winds down. They hope Evgeni Malkin’s likely return can provide a spark in Sunday’s visit to the Philadelphia Flyers, who can sweep the series for the first time in 31 years. The Penguins (42-25-11) are 3-7-1 in their last 11, slipping from a top-three spot in the Metropolitan Division to wild-card contention, and still haven’t clinched a playoff berth. Sidney Crosby has 15 points over his last 12 games, but Pittsburgh has totaled just 18 goals in the past 11.