Oh, what a difference a couple of weeks can make. The Pittsburgh Penguins were a team in search of their identity, just 18-days ago; giving up their fair share of goals in the process. After a horrible first period that night against the Philadelphia Flyers, one that saw them give up four goals, the Penguins rallied back to win the game by scoring the next four goals.
That single game changed the trajectory for the Penguins season and the come-from-behind win seemingly instilled a newfound confidence in the Pens system – one they hadn’t found in nearly two plus seasons when playing the Flyers.
Today’s game is a chance keep rolling and an opportunity to prove the last game against the Flyers wasn’t a fluke. It’s a chance to prove this Penguins team can in fact play a “Penguins” brand of hockey against a team that for the past couple seasons firmly implanted themselves into the heads of the Penguins; knocking them off of their game.
The question is though, do the Penguins believe that they’ve found their identity, or will they revert back to a team that finds themselves frustrated by playing a different brand of hockey?
NEWS AND NOTES
It was announced earlier today that the Penguins and Dallas Stars have a deal in place for Brandon Morrow, pending Morrow approving to waive his No Trade clause.
During their 11-game winning streak, the Penguins have come from behind to win eight times.
The Penguins have won 21 of their last 28 games they’ve played without Evgeni Malkin.
The Flyers are just five points out of the eighth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Sidney Crosby has recorded 21 points during the Penguins 11-game win streak.
Pittsburgh’s fourth line has been pitching in timely goals lately, scoring goals in three of their last five games.
Philadelphia hasn’t played a game in six days. Their last game was a 4-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning, who earlier today fired their head coach, Guy Boucher.
Per @PensNation_Ken: When the Penguins traded for Marian Hossa, they were 36-21-7 (.617%). Going into tonight’s game, they are 24-8-0 (.750%).
Philadelphia ended two of the Penguins most recent long win streaks. They ended the Pens 12-game win streak in 2010 and 11-game streak in 2012. Scott Hartnell had the game winning goal in both games.
MISSING IN ACTION
Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang have both been ruled out for tonight’s game by Head Coach Dan Bylsma. Both Malkin and Letang are still considered Day To Day with their injuries. Philadelphia forward, Danny Briere has also been ruled out of tonight’s game. Briere has an upper-body injury and will not play tonight for the Flyers.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Penguins: Chris Kunitz
Kunitz has three goals and an assist against the Flyers this season. Seven of Kunitz’s 19 goals have come against Atlantic Division teams.
Flyers: Jakub Voracek
Voracek has five of his 13 goals this season in his last two games against the Penguins. Including the game winning goal in the Flyers 6-5 win on February 20th.
PROBABLE FLYERS LINES
PROBABLE PENGUINS LINES
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