Saturday, November 19, 2005

Game #21 - vs Flyers

Philadelphia Flyers at Pittsburgh Penguins

Philadelpha - 11-4-3 - 25 pts - First (tied) in Atlantic
Pittsburgh - 6-8-6 - 18 pts - Last in Atlantic

The Flyers have played just 6 of 18 games on the road this year so far, and they've not been a good road team, going 2-3-1, compared to their 9-1-2 at home.

One thing to note is that their power play on the road has been excellent, getting 43 chances in only six games and converting on 12 of them (just about 28%). They've also scored two PP goals in each of their last three games.

Conversely, their penalty kill on the road has been somewhat poor, giving up 10 goals in 42 short-handed situations. Last night against the Thrashers, they gave up four power play goals, including two in the last two minutes of the game.

Speaking of last night, the Flyers lost an overtime game at home to the Thrashers. The Thrashers scored twice in the last two minutes to tie the game and then scored in OT to give the Flyers the OTL. Hopefully when the Flyers get here tonight, they'll be a little bit tired. Pitkanen especially played THIRTY minutes last night.

I'm not usually one to gripe (okay, unless Philly or the Rangers are involved), but in their game last night, they still had the #2 and #3 stars, depite losing the game. In fact, the guy with the #2 star (Radivojevic) took the penalty that led to the game tying goal in the third period. Sounds like some biased folks in Philly (those are voted on by the media, right?)

Still no word on who will be sent down to make room for Endicott.

Let's go Pens!

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