Pittsburgh Penguins Gameday 18: Philadelphia Flyers

Philadelphia Flyers (6-10-1) @ Pittsburgh Penguins (11-6-0)
NBCSN, TSN2, RDS – 8:00 pm/et 
Consol Energy Center – Pittsburgh, PA

The Flyers meet the Pens in a bizarrely-timed 8:00 pm hockey game. The Flyers are having a bad year, but they're 5-4-1 in their last ten. The Pens are 5-5-0. So, this could actually be a good game. Or it could be a goon festival. You never know with the Flyers.

Is this the game where Crosby and Malkin break out of their slumps?


Leading Scorers:

Penguins: Sidney Crosby (8G, 15A: 23P)
Flyers: Vincent Lecavalier (7G, 3A: 10P)

Starting Goaltenders:

Penguins: Marc-Andre Fleury (10-4-0, 2.07 GAA, .921 Sv% )
Flyers: Ray Emery (1-3-0, 3.24 GAA, .879 Sv%)

Last Games:

Penguins: Lost to St. Louis Blues 2-1.
Flyers: Defeated Ottawa Senators 5-0.

Previews from Team Websites:  [Penguins] [Flyers]

Lines and Notes: [Flyers in the House]

Opposition Blog: [Broad Street Hockey]
What They're Saying: "This time, a legitimate chance to win!"

The Flyers will employ the same lineup this evening as they did last night in Ottawa, with the only change coming in goal. Steve Mason doesn't have very good career numbers in back-to-back games, as the Daily News pointed out this morning, so despite his shutout last night, Ray Emery will get the nod in Pittsburgh tonight. (At the same time, all of Mason's career numbers are weak, so perhaps they aren't the best indicator of who should start … nevertheless.)

What Happened Last Time: October 17, 2013 – Pens won 4-1 [Our Recap]

So, the Philadelphia Daily News called Crosby "Sid the Squid"?

The years and years of trolling with nothing to show for it, save for a Phillies’ steroid-aided championship, has finally gotten to the city of Philadelphia, we think. Sid the Squid and Tony Romo. Is that it? What was it like turning in that headline for press? They are all out of options at this point.

Squids are elite cephalopods, too. What a mistake.

Penguins Player(s) to Watch: Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.

Flyers Player(s) to Watch: Ray Emery. No, seriously, watch out for him. Especially you, Marc-Andre Fleury.

Gif that Seems Appropriate for Today's Game: