CONSOL Energy Center
No one needs to tell you why tonight's game is important.
Sure it's going to be an incredibly tough fight to get to first place, but that's not all that matters tonight. Tonight is about beating the Flyers, plain and simple. Philadelphia walked into the brand new CONSOL Energy Center in the first game of the year and defeated the Pens. Now, in Philadelphia's final regular season game in Pittsburgh this year, it's time to beat them right back.
Know your enemy: Flyers Goal Scored By
What they're saying about the Flyers:
Flyers versus Penguins. In Pittsburgh. The last meeting between the teams of the regular season. Holy. Tits. Tonight's game is the most must win of the season. A season where the "must-wins" were very few and far between. Tonight, the rest of the East can catch us. Tonight, a loss means fourth place, not first. The hodgepodge talent known as the Penguins have hung around for the entire year, scraping for every point imaginable. In some ways, they are the Rocky Balboa, to our Apollo Creed. I give them credit for being in playoff mode since January. Credit, because I'm jealous that the Flyers aren't there yet.
Season series: Flyers Lead 3-2
Last meeting: March 24, 2011 - Penguins Won 2-1 [SO]
What we said in our recap:
And what did this game teach everyone? Pretty much that the Pens ain't messing around. Sure, it was a shootout, and there are no shootouts in the playoffs. But the simple fact that this game went to overtime means these teams are even. Adding Chris Pronger to the Flyers lineup really doesn't affect much, since this isn't 2006. All the national analysts like Barry Melrose are saying Philly is the team to beat in the East. Yikes. No clue how the Flyers are leading the East. All you'll hear from the Philly side and national media side is "What About Bob?" Bob is the nickname that Flyers fans bestowed upon Sergei Bobrovsky because. let's face it. they usually struggle with words over a syllable. Yes, Bobrossky kept the Flyers in the game. But if Malkin and Crosby are in the lineup, this would've been a 6-1 win. This perception of Philadelphia could all change next week when the Flyers come to Pittsburgh and finish what they started on opening night. But that's not gonna happen.
So is Brent Johnson.
Dustin Jeffrey had an MRI. There's damage, but he'll need further evaluation.
Tonight's Twitter contest.
Ed Snider says the Flyers can win it all.
The Flyers will have Bobrovsky in net. Hilarious poll on that site by the way.
Favorite Flyers-related Photoshop or gif:
Chris Kunitz - Jordan Staal - Tyler Kennedy
James Neal - Mark Letestu - Alexei Kovalev
Pascal Dupuis - Max Talbot - Chris Conner
Mike Rupp - Craig Adams - Arron Asham
Brooks Orpik - Kris Letang
Paul Martin - Zbynek Michalek
Ben Lovejoy - Matt Niskanen
Flyers Lines from Empty Netters:
Andreas Nodl - Claude Giroux - Jeff Carter
Scott Hartnell - Daniel Briere - Ville Leino
James van Riemsdyk - Mike Richards - Kris Versteeg
Daniel Carcillo - Blair Betts - Darroll Powe
Kimmo Timonen - Braydon Coburn
Matt Carle - Andrej Meszaros
Sean O'Donnell - Nick Boynton
"No good thing ever dies."