The Philadelphia Flyers (45-24-9) will face off against the Pittsburgh Penguins (48-24-6) this afternoon at 12:30 PM.
The Philadelphia Flyers and the Pittsburgh Penguins will face off for the 5th time this season. There are only 4 games left in the regular season, and the Flyers and Penguins will meet twice in those 4 games. The Flyers currently lead the season series 3-1, winning games 1, 2, and 4. Their most recent win against Pittsburgh was on March 12th, when they won 3-2 in dramatic fashion. They came back from 2 goals down in the 3rd period to force overtime, then won it with under 1 second left.
The Flyers will be playing on back to back nights, while Pittsburgh had Saturday off. The Flyers are coming off a tough shootout loss against Ottawa, in which they made a great 3 goal comeback in the 2nd period, only to fall in the shootout. They lost that all important second point which would have kept them on pace with the Penguins. However, they are now 3 points back of the 4th place Penguins, who have 102 points and 8 behind the division leading NY Rangers.
Philadelphia has won 4 straight against the Penguins in Pittsburgh. But that trend will be tough to continue, as the Penguins are a stellar 10-1 in their last 11 home games. Both teams have lost 2 of their last 3 and will try to turn that trend around this afternoon. But the Flyers have struggled in afternoon games. They are 4-9-4 in games starting on or before 3 PM, and have been outscored in the 1st period of those games 24-6.
Who to look out for:
Evgeni Malkin is without doubt the best player in the NHL this season. Malkin leads the NHL in points with 102, and is second in goals with 48 (a new career high). Both Malkin and Sidney Crosby, who has scored 17 points in 10 games since returning from his injury, have excelled against the Flyers throughout their illustrious careers. Crosby has 26 goals and 62 points in 37 games versus the Flyers, while Malkin has 19 goals and 48 points in 34 games.
Danny Briere has arguably been the best Flyers player over the last 4 games. During that span, Briere has 2 goals and 9 points. He has also played well against the Penguins this season and throughout his career. Briere has 3 points in 4 games versus the Penguins this season and 37 points in 44 career games.
Who's in goal:
Sergei Bobrovsky (13-9-2, 2.94 GAA) will make his third straight start in net against Marc Andre Fleury (41-16-4, 2.32 GAA) this afernoon.
Drop the Puck:
The Pittsburgh Penguins will host the Philadelphia Flyers this afternoon at 12:30 PM.