Philadelphia Flyers (8-5-0, 16 pts) at Pittsburgh Penguins (7-6-1, 15 pts)
The Flyers are going to be hopping tonight. They'll certainly want to change the tenor of these games from the 8 losses last year. I'd expect that to involve lots of hitting and aggressive play. Fortunately, one of the main aggressors, Derian Hatcher, is hurt right now. Supposedly, he has cartilage damage in his knee, but I think he may be taking some time off to do some acting in this new show.
There's no doubt, the Flyers are much improved this year. They've added some good talent in Briere, Hartnell, Lupul and Timonen. They still have Simon Gagne and Martin Biron is playing really well.
The Pens, for their part, just laid a convincing beating on the Devils. The Flyers won't be quite so easy.
Flyers blog - check out flyers.femme for the keys to the game from the Flyers perspective. Nice blog.
Let's Go Pens!