Philadelphia Flyers (8-18-4, 20 pts) at Pittsburgh Penguins (13-11-5, 31 pts)
The Penguins were waiting in Pittsburgh as the Flyers lost to the Rangers last night. Let's hope the lovely friends from Philly are nice and tired when they get here, especially those big, slow D guys like Hatcher. Speaking of Hatcher, did you see the hit he delivered to Jagr last night? Looked like the elbows were up a little bit...
The Pens are coming off of a thrilling comeback win over the Caps in Washington on Monday night. They showed great tenacity in coming back from a 4-0 deficit over an improved Capital team.
The Pens have faced the Flyers 4 times already this year, going 4-0 against them. They beat Esche once and Nittymaki three times.
The Flyers haven't been especially hot on either the power play or the penalty kill. They have three PP goals in the last two games, but have also allowed several PK goals recently. Their PK was really good earlier this year, but has come back down to earth a little bit (though not nearly as much as the Penguins, who are back to levels that are near last season).
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It seems to be a nice thing to play Philly this season, and I'll take it while I can get it. I'm looking for a convincing home victory for the Pens to continue the momentum they gathered on their road trip. Malone scores and the Pens win.
Let's Go Pens!