Pittsburgh Penguins Gameday 81: Philadelphia Flyers

Philadelphia Flyers (41-30-9) @ Pittsburgh Penguins (51-24-5)
NBC – 3:00 pm/et
Consol Energy Center – Pittsburgh, PA

Consol Energy Center

Yes, there’s a chance these two could meet in the first round. It’s not a good chance, but it’s a chance. But, again, as long as no one gets hurt in this game, it’s tempting to consider it a success no matter what happens.

Don’t play like idiots, Penguins.


Leading Scorers:
Penguins: Sidney Crosby (36G, 67A: 103P)
Flyers: Claude Giroux (27G, 55A: 82P)

Starting Goaltenders:
Penguins: Marc-Andre Fleury (39-18-4, 2.35 GAA, .917 Sv% )
Flyers: Steve Mason (33-18-7, 2.51 GAA, .917 Sv%)

Last Games:
Penguins: Defeated Detroit Red Wings 4-3 [SO].
Flyers: Lost to Tampa Bay Lightning 4-0.

Last Ten:
Penguins: 5-5-0.
Flyers: 3-5-2.

Season Series:
Flyers lead 3-1

Previous Games:
10-17-2013: Pens win 4 – 1
11-13-2013: Flyers win 2-1
03-15-2014-: Flyers win 4-0
03-16-2014: Flyers win 4-3

Notes & Line Combinations:
Notes & Lines: Flyers @ Pens

Opposition Blog: [Broad Street Hockey]

What They’re Saying:Flyers at Lightning recap: One of those games

“There are some nights where you lose games, and just look like complete garbage in the process, not being able to get anything going or moving in any sort of rhythm and playing like crap in all three zones. There are also some nights where you lose games, but play pretty well, get chances, and maybe just don’t see them hit the back of the net, and the other team ends up cashing in one or two more times than you.

The Flyers didn’t play a perfect game tonight. They started out really sluggishly, they had a number of breakdowns in their own end, and they generally looked shoddy on special teams (not a great sign, given that special teams has arguably been the catalyst of the Flyers’ success this season). But tonight’s 4-2 loss was also just one of those nights where you kind of had the feeling things weren’t going to go their way from pretty early on — y’know, the way that basically every game this team has played against the Lightning has gone in the last four seasons.”

What Happened Last Time: March 16, 2014 – Pens lost 4-3 [Our Recap]

“All in all, it is tough to get really, really jammed up over this weekend. The Pens’ injuries are almost surreal at this point. The Pens have said Letang has been cleared to practice, but who even knows what that means in terms of a timetable on a return. Got a feeling we should all settle in for a “will he or won’t he” drama similar to Crosby’s concussion issues. Speaking of which, has anyone found the cause of James Neal’s current concussion?”

Penguins Player(s) to Watch: Sidney Crosby. This game is on NBC, meaning it will be literally impossible to not see Sidney Crosby constantly.

Flyers Player(s) to Watch: Claude Giroux, because the Crosby/Giroux “rivalry” will have NBC freaking out all game.

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