Game Day Report: Game 17 Flyers @ Pittsburgh

Published on February 20th, 2013


The Philadelphia Flyers are looking to get revenge for a season-opening 3-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins when they invade the CONSOL Energy Center tonight. The Penguins, however, are still looking to put the disappointment of last season’s opening round playoff debacle behind them.

The Flyers come into tonight’s matchup with a 7-9-1 record and losers in three of their last four games.

Pittsburgh comes into tonights contest winning their previous three games, outscoring their opponents 11-6

The Penguins are have only played 6 of their first 16 games on home ice and are 3-3. The Flyers are just 3-8 on the road and are currently on their longest road stretch of the season.

“We know they’re (Flyers) coming off a good game. We’re coming back home wanting to make sure we play well here.”
-Sidney Crosby

 

NOTABLE STATS
The Penguins come into tonights game ranked 2nd on the Power Play (27.4%).

The Flyers currently rank 2nd in the NHL with 261 blocked shots and are tied for the league lead with 447 hits.

Tonight’s game will mark the first time that Scott Hartnell hasn’t dressed for a game against the Penguins as a member of the Flyers.

Philadelphia has at times shown glimpses of brilliance on the road. Scoring seven goals against the New York Islanders and the Florida Panthers. However, the Flyers only scored 15 goals in their other nine road games all season.

PLAYERS TO WATCH
Penguins:  James Neal.
Neal is on pace for over 30 goals in this shortened season and has been absolutely lethal on the Power Play. In fact, Neal leads the Penguins in goal scoring and has as many Power Play Goals as the next closest Penguin, Sidney Crosby, has total goals. In the opening game of the season against the Flyers, Neal scored a goal on the man-advantage.

Flyers: Claude Giroux
Regardless of his start to the season, this is kind of a no-brainer… If anybody needed to tell you that you need to keep an eye out for Giroux, you’ve been living in a cave. Giroux had a break out game, scoring two goals in Philadelphia’s 7-0 win in their last game. He’ll likely be skating with a lot of confidence tonight as it feels like a weight had been lifted from his wrists… I mean shoulders.

PROBABLE FLYERS LINES
Read-Giroux-Voracek
Briere-Schenn-Simmonds
Talbot-Couturier-Knuble
Zolnierczyk-Fedotenko-Rinaldo

Timonen-Schenn
Coburn-Gervais
Grossman-Gustafsson

Bryzgalov

PROBABLE PENGUINS LINES
Kunitz-Crosby-Dupuis
Cooke-Malkin-Neal
Bennett-Sutter-Kennedy
Glass-Vitale-Adams

Orpik-Martin
Letang-Niskanen
Despres-Engelland

Vokoun


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