Philadelphia Flyers (21-10-4) @Pittsburgh Penguins (21-11-4)
TV: ROOT, CSN-PH
Consol Energy Center – Pittsburgh, PA
What else is there to say? Even if this wasn't Talbot and Jagr's first game back in Pittsburgh as members of the Flyers, it would be a huge game. Whenever the Penguins and Flyers play it's a huge game. The two teams have almost identical records. They're tied in points, but the Pens have played one more game. The Flyers are fourth in the Eastern Conference. The Penguins and fifth. Both teams are two points behind the New York Rangers for the division lead. Evgeni Malkin trails Claude Giroux by two points for the NHL scoring lead. This is as big as a game in December gets.
Season Series: 0-1-0.
Last meeting that counted: December 8, 2011. Flyers won 3-2.
What we said in our recap:
Let's see. Without their captain, and two top defenseman the Pens lost 3-2 while playing like piss in the first 30 minutes of the game.
Know Your Enemy: Broad Street Hockey
What they're saying:
I've never been intimidated in Pittsburgh and I'm willing to put my life savings (it's not much, but whatever) on the line and say I never will be intimidated there. Pretty funny that you guys think you can be all big and bad, though.
Pittsburgh Penguins Notes:
Sidney Crosby will be out for a while.
Evgeni Malkin has six goals and 12 assists in his last eight games.
There are no major injury updates.
Philadelphia Flyers Notes:
Sean Leahy of Puck Daddy with a great post on Jagr.
A transcript of Jagr's talk with the media today.
It looks like there will be a Max Talbot tribute video tonight. Classy.
Favorite Philadelphia Flyers Image, Photoshop, Gif or Video:
"Evgeni Malkin says 'Take that!'"
Cheer for whoever you want. Boo whoever you want. Just make some noise. Not because Jagr is back, not because Talbot is back, but because this is a huge game between two bitter rivals. This is going to be a tough game, emotionally and physically. The Flyers are a talented hockey team. The Penguins are a talented hockey team. It's the second-last Penguins game of 2011 and it'll be a great one.
The Penguins have won four games in-a-row. The Flyers have lost four of their last five.