Pittsburgh Penguins (0-0-0) @ Philadelphia Flyers (0-0-0)
NBC, 3:00 pm/et
Wells Fargo Center – Philadelphia, PA
It's the first game of the season and the Pittsburgh Penguins are playing in Philadelphia. It's been a long, long, long (long) offseason. The Penguins last game of the 2011-2012 regular season was against the Flyers. Then they played six largely disasterous games against them in the playoffs. And now today. If you stretch back to last season, this will technically be the Penguins' eighth-straight game against the Flyers.
Season Series: 0-0-0
Last meeting that counted: April 22nd, 2012. Penguins lost 5-1.
What we said in our recap:
That will stay with us for awhile. Most playoff loses hurt. This one will resonate for awhile. This series will be in your head the next few years when the playoffs start and you are pumped about the Pens chances. But that is how it goes.
Know Your Enemy: Broad Street Hockey
What they're saying:
Nevertheless, these four Flyers vs. Penguins games this season are going to be vital (obvious statement) and Pittsburgh can, you know, go to hell and stuff. They might have a totally healthy Sidney Crosby on their hands and they clearly still have Evgeni Malkin, but the Flyers have proven that they can shut those two down. Our team defense is definitely a concern heading into this short season, however, and it'll be interesting to see how Peter Laviolette aligns his lineup against the two Pittsburgh stars.
On the other hand, they're a little easier to matchup against now with the departure of Jordan Staal as their No. 3 center. Brandon Sutter came back to Pittsburgh in the trade and he's a fine young player, but at least for the immediate future, he's not even close to the level of player as Jordan Staal. A nice reprieve.
Pittsburgh Penguins Notes:
The cliché word of the day is "grit."
Also in the "finally" file, Sidney Crosby might kill some penalties this season.
Brandon Sutter has big shoes to fill.
Philadelphia Flyers Notes:
Danny Briere is out with a hairline wrist fracture.
Claude Giroux is now the Flyers' captain.
Ruslan Fedotenko is a Flyer now, in case you forgot.
Pittsburgh Penguins Lines:
Kunitz – Crosby – Dupuis
Niskanen – Letang
Philadelphia Flyers Lines:
Hartnell – Giroux – B. Schenn
Coburn – Grossman
Lines via NBC Pro Hockey Talk.