The Battle Of PA: Pens vs Flyers

Penguins vs. Flyers in Stadium Series game Photograph by Gene J. Puskar

 

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.

Important Notes:

-Yesterday the Penguins called up defenseman David Warsofsky from WBS. A fact that reflected in the morning skate defensive pairings.

Dumoulin-Schultz

Cole-Gaunce

Streit-Ruhwedel

Wasofsky-(Archibald)

 

-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.

Sheary-Crosby-Rust

Cullen-Rowney-Kessel

Kunitz-Bonino-Hornqvist

Kuhnhackl-Sundqvist-Wilson

Hot Takes:

 

Photograph by: Getty images Bruce Bennet

 

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

BoricuaMountie

I'm a Hockey enthusiast that started on hockey late in life. Coming from Puerto Rico I only discovered hockey after following my heart to Canada. Visiting my (then) soon-to-be wife in 2011 her and her brother introduced me to the Pittsburgh Penguins and the sport I grew to love. Watching some of the best hockey from the Burgh past and present I report for the team that I feel passionate about.

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