Philadelphia Flyers (13-16-1) @ Pittsburgh Penguins (24-8-0)
ROOT, NBCSN, RDS, 7:30 pm/et
Consol Energy Center – Pittsburgh, PA
The Pittsburgh Penguins have won 11 games in a row. The Philadelphia Flyers have won 13 games period. The Flyers haven't had much success this season, so breaking the Penguins' winning streak would be huge for them. Expect them to bring everything they have today. Hopefully the Penguins don't underestimate them or get into a "toughness" battle. Hopefully they just play hockey and win the game.
Blue jerseys today. Don't start getting upset yet.
Season Series: 2-1-0
Last meeting that counted: March 7, 2013. Penguins won 5-4.
What we said in our recap:
There are wins. Then there are big wins. This game: fucking huge win. Maybe Dan Bylsma flipped out after the first period; maybe he didn't say anything. Whatever he did, it was the right move. The Pens now leave Philly knowing they can beat this Flyers team, and the importance of that can't be put into words.
It took the Penguins about 14 games over two seasons, give or take, to realize that the Flyers are as ordinary as it gets. It wasn't until they reached complete rock bottom that this clicked in. After a first period that saw the Penguins show less composure than Lieutenant Dan, it finally clicked in. And when it did, we saw this Pens team in a whole different light. They put their heads down and just worked. They didn't get annoyed. They just worked. It was eerily similar to Game 6 in '09, minus a fight.
Know Your Enemy: Broad Street Hockey
What they're saying:
We have fond memories of Jaromir Jagr's time in Philadelphia, and when he signed with the Dallas Stars as a free agent last summer, we were sad. Sure, the contract was probably a bit too expensive and all things considered it was probably a smart move to let him walk instead of matching Dallas' $4.5 million offer. But Jagr's year in orange and black was a fun one, and none of us would have minded him in town for another season.
What about half a shortened season, though? Pierre LeBrun lit that fire on Wednesday, and then Frank Seravalli at the Daily News threw fuel on it, raising the question of whether or not the Flyers could reacquire Jagr in a trade. There's no doubt that Jagr made Claude Giroux a better player last year — and some have chalked G's downturn this year to the fact that he's no longer playing with Jagr, a debatable assertion in my view — and you could make the argument that picking Jagr up again could help the Flyers in their playoff chase.
That has nothing to do with today's game. We just think it's funny that they're now on #JagrWatch.
Pittsburgh Penguins Lines:
Kunitz – Crosby – Dupuis
Orpik – Martin
Philadelphia Flyers Lines:
Read – Giroux – Voracek
Timonen – Schenn
Lines from Daily Faceoff.
If you're going to get upset about a team wearing blue jerseys, get upset about this one: