Pittsburgh Penguins (15-8-0) @ Philadelphia Flyers (11-12-1)
ROOT, CSN-PH, NHLN-US, 7:00 pm/et
Wells Fargo Center – Philadelphia, PA
We're at the halfway point of this shortened season. Will the Pittsburgh Penguins fall apart and make idiots of themselves against the Flyers once more or will they decide to actually play hockey?
Season Series: 1-1-0
Last meeting that counted: February 20, 2013. Penguins lost 6-5.
What we said in our recap:
The Pens have this habit of making the Flyers look really good. And if it looks like we are taking credit away from the Flyers, good, because we are. Rewind to last year's playoff series. The Pens made Giroux look like the best player in the world while making Sean Couturier look like some elite shutdown center. The Devils dispatched the Flyers in the next round after they realized that the Flyers aren't that good. Then came last night. The Pens made Zach Rinaldo look like a modern-day Claude Lemiuex. They let the Flyers get inside their heads. Again.
Know Your Enemy: Broad Street Hockey
What they're saying:
The Flyers lineup could get an unexpected boost tonight when they host the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight for the third game of this year's four-game season series. Wait, there's no chance Matt Read's actually going to play tonight, is there?!
Everybody's been quiet about the lineup so we truly won't know for sure until warmups, but on-ice indications at this morning's skate say that Read and Nicklas Grossmann could be in tonight against the Pens. Grossmann's listed at day-to-day after suffering a minor leg injury on Tuesday against the Rangers, so it's not all that surprising that he could play.
But Read's return would be an utter shock. On February 21, he was declared out for six weeks with muscle tears in his rib cage. He wasn't expected back until early April — and uh, it's early March right now. When he exited the lineup, Read was the Flyers leading scorer. He says he still has pain when he shoots, so we probably shouldn't expect him to shoot much if he does get back, and that'll obviously impact his production. But if he can't injure himself further by playing, he's still likely better than some of the alternatives and it'd be nice to see him back on the ice.
Pittsburgh Penguins Lines:
Kunitz – Crosby – Dupuis
Orpik – Martin
Philadelphia Flyers Lines:
Hartnell – Giroux – Voracek
Timonen – Schenn
Everyone will get really excited for the inevitable Deryk Engelland fight followed by five minutes of the Pens playing with only five defensemen.
The fact that their jerseys are blue here has always bothered us.