Philadelphia Flyers at Pittsburgh Penguins
The Flyers come to the Igloo Thursday night looking to get their season off on the right foot. The Penguins are trying to make sure they start off better than last season, when they started 0-4-5. It will be a tall order, to say the least.
Last year, both teams were terrible on the penalty kill, near the bottom of the league. Both were better on the power play, with the Pens being quite good (the Flyers were about average). Special teams should be the key to the game - with Orpik out (broken hand), the Pens will need to convert on their power play opportunities, while improving their much maligned PK unit from last year. Both tasks are feasible with the carryover offensive talent and the new additions (Moore, Eaton, etc) on the PK.
I'm looking for a narrow Pens victory with Fleury standing up and making some big saves down the stretch. Of course, I'm also looking for an early retirement with about $4 million in the bank... I'm not sure which is more likely at this point.
I'll be at the game, sitting in section C16, so I should have some good pictures to put up on Friday.
It's opening night at the Igloo!
Let's Go Pens!