The Battle Of PA: Pens vs Flyers
The battle of Pennsylvania is always a good show to tune into. Whether it’s a position in the division or in a round in the playoffs, these two teams always play with a fire fueled by the rivalry with each other. Today the Philadelphia Flyers walk into PPG Paints Arena where the Penguins begin a 3 game homestand.
Pittsburgh defends home ice with a 3-0-2 record in their last 5 whereas the Philadelphia Flyers are barely holding on to the mathematical hopes of the postseason. The Flyers are 8 points out of the race so every game remaining of their season (8) is a must-win.
-Yesterday the Penguins called up defenseman David Warsofsky from WBS. A fact that reflected in the morning skate defensive pairings.
-The injury woes seem to be letting up at the right time since there were more than a few missed faces in the morning skate.
Trevor Daley, Jake Guentzel, Ron Hainsey, Kris Letang and Olli Maatta were all present for the Penguins morning skate. Even though Guentzel’s participation was marred by a green no-contact jersey he seemed in good spirits ready to join the club once healthy.
A notable absence was that of Evgeni Malkin who is still battling an upper body injury. The other pieces of the roster missing are Scott Wilson and Carl Hagelin who have lower-body injuries.
The lines looked like this at the morning skate and Matt Murray was the first goalie off indicating he is the possible starter for tonight.
Coach Sullivan on injuries:
“Guentzel skated today. Daley was out there for some time.
They are all making progress.”
Crosby when asked about Sen’s owner Melnyk’s comments:
“I’m just going to leave it. He likes to hear himself talk, so let’s just leave it. It was four days ago”
Feature Image Credit: AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar