Pittsburgh Penguins (27-17-9, 63 pts) at Philadelphia Flyers (13-33-7, 33 pts)
The Flyers are trying to avoid having more losses than points on the season. The Penguins are trying to continue their hot streak. It's not quite irresistible force means immovable object.... but it's Pens and Flyers, and that should be enough.
The Flyers, before their setback last night to the Isles, had managed to put together a four game point streak, going 2-0-2 last week. The won both games on the road and lost in OT in both home games. On the season, the Flyers have won just three games at home.
Robert Esche will likely be the goaltender tonight, since Nittymaki played last night. The Pens haven't seen Esche since the season opener, when they won 4-0.
The Pens, as I'm sure I don't need to remind you, are 6-0 against the Flyers this season. I think these last two games (tonight and at home on March 4th) will be tough. It's not easy to beat a team 8 times in one year. Hopefully the Pens can stay on their roll and take care of business. I might worry about complacency, but these are the Flyers, and you just know they'll try something stupid to get the Pens fired up.
Flyers blog - FlyersFanCentral - they're the only ones still blogging on a regular basis, it seems. Kind of like last year with the Pens... there weren't many of us still covering things regularly after the Olympic break.
I'm looking for a hard fought road win tonight from the Pens. Doesn't matter if they have to go to OT to get it - the Flyers getting another point won't hurt them (though I hope they finish it off in regulation, just to keep the Flyers from deriving any kind of satisfaction).
Let's Go Pens!