Philadelphia Flyers (47-25-9) @Pittsburgh Penguins (50-25-6)
Consol Energy Center - Pittsburgh, PA
This is the Pittsburgh Penguins' record against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Consol Energy Center:
"This is a much different building than the Igloo... You were almost scared coming into the Igloo, people were right on you. And how dumpy the place was, it was tough. I think it's good we have the confidence to play here. We know in our hearts and our heads we can beat these guys."
-- Scott Hartnell
Maybe it will throw the Flyers off if the fans make the building seem nothing like the Consol Energy Center by actually cheering...
Season Series: 1-3-1.
Last meeting that counted: April 1st, 2012. Penguins lost 6-4
What we said in our recap:
As for the ending to this game, it was beautiful. We would be singing a different tune if the Pens had sent out guys that were slashing people and trying to deliver headshots. Instead, the Pens had sent out Arron Asham, Craig Adams, and Joe Vitale: not exactly a group of guys you would call "thugs." Danny Briere forgot there was still time on the clock and didn't keep his head up. Vitale delivered probably the cleanest check we've ever seen of all time, but the Flyers didn't appreciate it. Really curious behavior by Laviolette and the Flyers. Speaking of Vitale, what a game. He's exactly what the fourth line needs.
What was the catalyst for everything, though? Brayden Schenn's crosscheck on Crosby behind the play. Really foolish. But Schenn knew the game was out of reach. He probably also knew the penalty would be nullified because he had seen Sullivan's shot go in. He may be a marked man next Sunday if the 4/5 seeds are settled heading into that game.
Know Your Enemy: Broad Street Hockey
What they're saying:
That video above is just about a month old. He completely "lost his marbles" as the broadcast so aptly put it, and now he's in the NHL. Man, I can't wait til some Pens fan mentions how "the Flyers always goon it up!" during this upcoming playoff series. Laughing at that person is going to be so satisfying.
A minor-league-level goon, MacIntyre has been in pro hockey since 2001 but has only played 89 NHL games. He's never played more than 34 games in a single season ... and that season was played with the atrocious Edmonton Oilers. For the record, he's never suited up for a playoff game in the NHL.
Let's repeat: It might be smart to rest some guys on Saturday afternoon.
He's right. MacIntyre adds no value to this team. Hopefully he doesn't play.
Pittsburgh Penguins Notes:
Steve MacIntyre has been called up. Plan the parade.
Will someone look for "revenge" on Joe Vitale?
James Neal, Steve Sullivan, Arron Asham and Matt Niskanen all missed practice and it's unknown if they'll play today.
Philadelphia Flyers Notes:
The Flyers will be playing to win.
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Pittsburgh Penguins Lines from Empty Netters:
Chris Kunitz - Evgeni Malkin - Richard Park
Eric Tangradi - Sidney Crosby - Pascal Dupuis
Matt Cooke - Jordan Staal - Tyler Kennedy
Craig Adams - Joe Vitale - Dustin Jeffrey
Kris Letang - Paul Martin
Zbynek Michalek - Brooks Orpik
Brian Strait - Deryk Engelland
Marc-Andre Fleury/Brent Johnson
Philadelphia Flyers Lines from Empty Netters:
Scott Hartnell - Claude Giroux - Jaromir Jagr
Brayden Schenn - Matt Read - Wayne Simmonds
Maxime Talbot - Sean Couturier - Jakub Voracek
Jody Shelley - Eric Wellwood - Zac Rinaldo
Matt Carle - Kimmo Timonen
Pavel Kubina - Braydon Coburn
Andreas Lilja - Marc-Andre Bourdon
Sergei Bobrovsky/Ilya Bryzgalov
No idea if these will actually be the lines. Both teams were playing their line-ups pretty close to their chests. You'll have to assume that at least some regulars will be siting out. Malkin is playing for #50, so he'll be in for sure.
This could be a total joke of a hockey game. There will be plenty of "message sending" and "retribution" for the last game, which likely means a lot of staged fights and ridiculousness. Or it could be a bunch of guys playing really cautious hockey. We have no idea.
The Pens just need to stay healthy and try to gain some confidence at home. The playoffs are almost here. Get ready.