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Penn State Expressed Interest In A Winter Classic Between Penguins, Flyers

Ever since the Winter Classic was introduced in 2008 with the Pittsburgh Penguins beating the Buffalo Sabres in a blizzard, fans in the Tri State area have fantasized about a match-up between the Flyers and Penguins in the most perfect setting.

That fantasy setting is Happy Valley and it may become a reality in the near future.

Penn State officials confirmed with WJACTV that the school is seriously considering an outdoor game to host an NHL team, or at least their own Nittany Lions in Big Ten action.

Ever since Penn State's hockey team became a Division 1 sports, hockey has exploded in Happy Valley. They played Neumann College on January 4, 2012, losing 6-3.

It has become the most recent catalyst in getting a Flyers/Penguins game at Beaver Stadium.

(Photo by Joe Hermitt/The Patriot-News)

Islanders Face Buffalo As Final Tune-Up Before The Playoffs

The New York Islanders travel west to Buffalo to face the Sabres before heading to the playoffs for the first time since the 2006-07 season.

The Isles will start goalie Evgeni Nabokov in an effort to keep him sharp for the start of the playoffs.

Who the Isles face is to be determined, but not because of uncertainty at the top of Eastern Conference standings but rather the fluidity at the bottom where the Isles reside.

Are There Any Playoff Heroes On The Islanders?

Many teams that make the post-season have a player on their roster that elevates his style of play in order to reach a new level of performance during the most meaningful games of the year in the playoffs. These players are instrumental to each team's success in the playoffs and help carry their teams to several victories in their run for the Cup.

Looking back to the recent past, players such as Fernando Pisani and Sean Bergenheim come to mind. Pisani, who was playing for the Edmonton Oilers during their Cup run in 2006, only had 37 points in 80 regular season games but burst onto the playoff scene with 14 goals and 18 points in 24 playoff games.

Enroth Shuts Out Flyers

There is only one way to kill the momentum of a four-game winning streak and that is to follow it up with a four-game losing streak.

The Flyers continued on their skid, dropping their fourth straight game. They lost to Buffalo, 1-0, Saturday afternoon, pushing them closer to mathematical elimination from the post season.

In the last four games, the Flyers were out-scored 12-3. The power play had also fizzled, going 0-for-2 on the night to continue their skid to 0-for-15.

(Pictured: Jhonas Enroth keeps the puck out in the 2nd period. AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)

Flyers Head to Buffalo in Matinee

The Flyers head to Buffalo where they face another team in a similar position. Both teams have some decent ground to make up in the standings with such little time left. Whoever wins this game could give themselves good momentum or a false sense of hope.

Flyers Harness the Right Type of Physicality In Their Win

Heading into Sunday night, the Flyers had allowed seven straight goals, blowing a 4-1 lead to Pittsburgh to lose 5-4 on Thursday and then getting shut-out 3-0 to the Bruins on Saturday.

Speed and an inability to have a physical presence in front of the net cost the Flyers the game on Thursday. Saturday's loss was three minutes of embarrassing hockey in which they were again out-worked.

Compound those two losses with the 4-2 loss to New York on Tuesday in which the Rangers scored three unanswered to win and the Flyers found themselves on a three-game losing streak and three games under .500.

Hosting the last-place Buffalo Sabres on Sunday, the Flyers needed to drastically change something.

(Pictured: Wayne Simmonds fights with Mike Weber in the first period after Simmonds' hit on Tyler Ennis. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Physical Flyers Escape With Tight Win Over the Sabres

Something had to have been said before the game because a different Flyers team was out on the ice.

The Flyers controlled the tempo early, kept Buffalo mentally out of the game, and gave a much better team effort that didn't resemble last week's edition of the Flyers.

They had to battle with Buffalo though, who was throwing the body around and trying to draw the Flyers into making mental mistakes with the physical game. In the end, the Flyers overcame it, winning a nail-biting 3-2 game in which head coach Peter Laviolette saw some positives.

(Pictured: The puck gets passed Ilya Bryzgalov, but was then saved by Brayden Schenn before it crossed the goal line. Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

Flyers Host Buffalo; Hope to End Skid

The Flyers are playing horrible hockey, having failed to earn a single point against three playoff teams. They need to end this skid if they want to have any shot of sneaking into the post season.

Isles End Losing Streak At Home, Defeat Senators 3-2 In The Shootout

It took a dramatic finish, but the New York Islanders finally won a game on home ice during a Sunday matinee game, defeating the Ottawa Senators 3-2 in the shootout.

The Islanders got on the board early in the game when Brad Boyes scored his fifth of the year, beating Robin Lehner glove side under the crossbar. The play started when Matt Moulson received a pass from Mark Streit at the Senators blue line and fed Boyes the puck as he was flying up the slot.

Not long after Boyes' goal, Matt Martin was found banging bodies all over the ice. In fact Martin had 6 hits in just over 3 minutes of play during the first period. Senators enforcer Chris Neil took exception to Martin's physical play and challenged him to a fight, but Martin ignored his request and continued to take out Senators along the wall.

He finished with 11 hits on the night. Coming into the game, Martin was just one shy of tying Buffalo Sabres forward Steve Ott for the league lead of 94 hits.

"Defensively Brain-dead" Bruins Hand Buffalo Two Points

Buffalo Sabres 7 - Boston Bruins 4

Well at least I was right about something in yesterday's preview...anyone looking for a skilled hockey was sorely disappointed in watching last night's beat down of the Bruins by the previously dismal Buffalo Sabres. 

Buffalo strolled into Boston with something to prove and right out of the gate they made sure the Bruins knew that they could be just as tough as the Big Bad Black and Gold.  Shawn Thornton and John Scott dropped the gloves early in the first and that was all of the hockey game "Twos" got to see.  Scott, 6' 8", took down the Bruins heavy weight champ without breaking a sweat. It was brut...