Coming into Saturday’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Philadelphia Flyers needed to win the game.
The reasons are endless really: because it’s their hated rivals from Pittsburgh, because the Flyers are only two points ahead of them in the standings, because it’s a day game, because they’ve only won three of their last ten, because the Flyers play poorly at home, etc.
The list goes on and on.
However, the most basic reason the Flyers needed to win on Saturday is far simplier than all the other seemingly logical conclusions. The team needed to win above all else because the game was against a division opponent.
After a season full of some defensive woes and a couple of weeks’ worth of trade discussions, the Philadelphia Flyers (32-18-7) made a move to improve on the blue line and acquired defenseman Nicklas Grossman from the Dallas Stars.
Grossman will make his Flyers debut on Saturday afternoon when the team faces off against the Pittsburgh Penguins (32-20-5) for the third time this season.
Based on Friday’s practice, Grossman will probably be paired with Andrej Meszaros on defense.
All eyes will be on him and on the Flyers’ defensive core as a whole, as their struggles have been greatly publicized so far this season.
The Pittsburgh Penguins were visiting Montreal on Tuesday night for a match-up with the Montreal Canadiens. While it took a while for the scoring to begin, the game was a tight battle all the way through. With the two teams battling right past overtime into a shootout, it really could have gone either way. However, on this night is was the lowly Canadiens who got the extra point after Tomas Plekanec netted the winner in the shootout.
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The Montreal Canadiens paid a visit to the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for a meeting with the Pittsburgh Penguins. After finding themselves up 4-2 to start the third, the Canadiens had trouble holding the lead, and ended up with a 5-4 shootout loss.
The first period opened up with Lars Eller scoring his ninth of the season just 34 seconds into the first period, giving the Canadiens an early lead. The rough stuff started soon after as Max Paciorett...
Coming off back-to-back losses, the Flyers (21-10-4) will look to bounce back against the Pittsburgh Penguins (21-11-4) on Wednesday night.
It will be no easy task, considering the hot streak that the Penguins are currently riding. They’ve won four games in a row and six of their last ten.
While the Flyers have also won six of their last ten games, they’ve gone 1-3-1 in their last five and have allowed 18 goals while only scoring 9. They were shut out once in those five games, by the Boston Bruins, and were held to two goals or less in three of the five.
Even though goaltending has been shaky as of late and can partially be to blame for the recent losses, the Flyers have got to find an offensive spark if they want to maintain their winning record.
It was the first game back after the Christmas break. The Penguins were eager to play as their three game winning streak was on the line, the only problem was the team they played against. The Carolina Hurricanes had won the night before in convincing manor. With a big win against the Canadiens, the Hurricanes came to Pittsburgh a good note.
In the first period, the Penguins took control. They had a vast majority of the shots, but it was the Hurricanes who would score. Off of a great block and pass down low, Tim Brent scored a fantastic quick goal that left Fleury out of position. The period would end at one to nothing, but the Penguins would have an e...
When you think of the New York Islanders and associate the word "injury" to their name, you automatically think of all the man-games lost by this team over the past few years and immediately think of the infamous Rick DiPietro. But right now, the injury bug is starting to bite in places other than the 15-year man's knees.
Brian Rolston was placed on the Injured Reserve retroactive to Dec 15th due to a concussion he sustained during the team's 3-2 loss to the Dallas Stars this passed Thursday. He left the game and did not return and has not played since.This has allowed Nino Niederreiter to return to the line-up without their having to be any major changes to the roster.
Other players, like Tim Wallace, have been getting extra playing time as well. Although Wallace has previous NHL experience with the Pittsburgh Penguins, he really hasn't been all that impressive.