Pittsburgh Penguins Gameday 17 – Philadelphia Flyers

Philadelphia Flyers (7-9-1) @ Pittsburgh Penguins (11-5-0)

NBCSN, TSN2, RDS, 7:30 pm/et

Consol Energy Center – Pittsburgh, PA

All day you've probably heard joke after joke about how "the Flyers aren't even in the playoff picture right now!" You may have even heard someone talk about how "Jagr was the key to the Flyers' success last year." Perhaps some incredibly witty fan has mentioned the year "1975." 

None of that matters. The Philadelphia Flyers almost always find a way to give the Pittsburgh Penguins troubles. If you're looking at league standings right now, laughing to yourself and expecting a huge Penguins blow out tonight, you may be in for a big surprise tonight.

Or maybe not. It's a sport. We don't know what's going to happen.

Either way, buckle up.
This isn't us saying that "OMG THE FLYERS ARE AWESOME" either, so put your pitchforks down. All we're saying is that Pens/Flyers games the the tendency to be tough nights. You know that already. Get your mind right.

Season Series: 1-0-0

Last meeting that counted: January 19, 2013. Penguins won 3-1.

What we said in our recap:

Before today, the best 60 minutes of Paul Martin's Penguin career was his introductory press conference. Today, Martin and the rest of the defense set the tone with a complete 60-minute effort.

We can tell ourselves that this game doesn't avenge being beat in the playoffs by the Flyers, but guess what: it does a little bit, especially when you think about the fact that the Flyers didn't even last that long in the playoffs after they beat the Pens.

If anything, this first game proved how the Penguins beat themselves more than anything last spring. The Flyers' powerplay was unstoppable in that series. Today they didn't score.

Know Your Enemy: Broad Street Hockey

What they're saying:

After a tough loss on opening day a month ago, the Flyers are in Pittsburgh today for the second of four meetings with the Penguins during this shortened 48-game season. You could just feel the hate when you woke up this morning, couldn't you?

Pittsburgh Penguins Lines:

Kunitz – Crosby – Dupuis
Cooke – Malkin – Neal
Bennett – Sutter – Kennedy
Glass – Vitale – Adams

Orpik – Martin
Niskanen – Letang
Bortuzzo – Engelland


Philadelphia Flyers Lines:

Read – Giroux – Voracek
Schenn – Briere – Simmonds
Talbot – Couturier – Knuble
Rinaldo – Zolnierczyk – Fedotenko

Timonen – Schenn
Grossmann – Coburn
Gustafsson – Gervais


Almost guaranteed that Knuble scores a goal tonight.

Penguins lines via Penguins.NHL.com.
Flyers lines via Broad Street Hockey.

Left Philadelphia. Found success and happiness.

Do It.

Go Pens.