Pittsburgh Penguins (5-1-0) @ Philadelphia Flyers (1-6-0)
Root Sports, NHLN-US, CSN-PH – 7:00 pm/et
Wells Fargo Center – Philadelphia, PA
The Penguinsand Flyers meet in a game that will definitely be interesting. The fact that the Flyers' have a 1-6-0 record doesn't take away from this rivalry. Emotions always run high when the Penguins play the Flyers.
"CROSBY SUCKS!" "CROSBY SUCKS!" "CROSBY SUCKS!"
Harry Zolnierczyk, Tanner Glass, Deryk Engelland (as a forward), Zac Rinaldo, Kris Newbury, etc. etc. means at least 27 pointless fights tonight. After all, we have to give the Flyers and their fans what they want, right? If they can dress a team that has only a little skill and then fill it out with face punchers, why can't the Pens?
Or maybe the Pens' forward depth isn't especially strong.
Maybe an actual hockey game will develop out of tonight's fight. We'll see.
STATS, INFO & NOTES:
Penguins: Sidney Crosby (5G, 7A: 12P)
Flyers: Brayden Schenn (2G, 2A: 4P)
Penguins: Marc-Andre Fleury (5-0-0, 1.80 GAA, .926 Sv% )
Flyers: Steve Mason (1-4-0, 2.23 GAA, .926 Sv%)
Penguins: Defeated Edmonton Oilers 3-2.
Flyers: Lost to Vancouver Canucks 3-2.
Lines and Notes: [The Battle of Pennsylvania Resumes]
It's interesting, then, that the Penguins will insert noted face puncher
DerekDeryk Engelland on their fourth line this evening. Engelland is typically a defenseman but has played forward from time to time in situations where they decide face punching is more important than skill, like tonight. Dustin Jeffery will sit in Engelland's place.
It's a dumb move when the Flyers do this stuff and it's equally as dumb when the Penguins do it, especially considering Rosehill is out tonight and Engelland will serve literally zero purpose. On the flip side, the Penguins are a much weaker team at forward than they have been in recent years — not to say they're a weak team, just weaker — and some have suggested that Engelland's insertion in the lineup is more an indication of Pittsburgh's ugly forward depth.
What Happened Last Time: March 24, 2013 – Pens won 2-1 (OT) [Our Recap]
Even with both Malkin and Letang creeping from the press box, the Pens have managed to get teams sucked into playing their game. The complete 180 on the blue line has been the main catalyst for a bulk of this winning streak. They've given up only 9 goals over the past 8 games, while the offense is scoring at roughly the same pace they've been scoring all year. Honestly, when was the last time the Pens gave up an odd-man rush? Can't even remember.
Penguins Player(s) to Watch: Sidney Crosby, because he sucks so badly.
Flyers Player(s) to Watch: Claude Giroux. No one has seen him in a long while, so keep your eyes open. Someone has to be able to find him, right?
Gif that Seems Appropriate for Today's Game: