FINALLY!!!!! WAKE UP PHILADELPHIA AND LET ME HEAR YA SAY, THE ORANGE AND THE BLACK!!!!! That’s right baby, its gameday for the first time in 129 days we have Flyers hockey tonight! I am ready to run through a brick wall right now, I am so pumped up I can’t even describe it. If you haven’t figured it out by now or if you don’t know me, I am a die hard Flyers fan I love this team more than I love my own family….sorry if you’re a family member reading this but it’s the truth. After a disappointing end to a great run last year the boys are back looking to state their claim as a true Stanley Cup contender. While this off-season wan’t full of big moves the Flyers have a great core of talent and with the now confirmed return of Nolan Patrick this team is poised to become a top team in the NHL.
Game 1 of 56 starts tonight and it’s against a team that we all love to hate and who we will for sure end up hating even more by the time this season is over. That’s right the Pittsburgh Penguins come into town tonight for the first of eight meetings. Yes, you read that correct EIGHT meetings in the battle of Pennsylvania this year and the bad blood is going to be flowing. In the famous words of Travis Konecny..”Eat up bud!” we all get to eat up all of these Flyers and Penguins matchups and it will be glorious. The game tonight is game 1 of a two game series between the teams as with the new schedule the teams will four two game series during the season.
The Penguins season came to an end in shocking fashion as they were eliminated in the Qualifying round of the Playoffs by the Montreal Canadiens.
Start Time: 5:30pm on NBCSN/NBC Sports Philadelphia
Location: Wells Fargo Center
Last Season Series: Last season we only got to see three matchups between these two teams with the Penguins winning 2 of the 3. This isn’t counting the exhibition game the two teams played back in July before the start of the Playoffs where the Flyers beat the Penguins thanks to a Scott Laughton overtime winner. The Penguins won the first matchup of last season 7-1 and the teams wouldn’t meet again until January where the Flyers would shutout the Penguins 3-0. The final meeting of last season came ten days after the 2nd meeting and the Penguins would pick up the 4-3 overtime win.
Head To Head Record: The Flyers lead the all time regular season series against the Penguins 157-94-30-11.
Projected Flyers Lines:
Now these lines are based off of the lines at practice the last couple of days and what I think they will look like. I’m sure they will change come game time…
Projected Starting Goalies:
Carter Hart-(24-13-3) 2.42 GAA, .914 SV%
Carter Hart was everything Flyers fans had hoped for and more last season. He delivered in key moments and it is safe to say at this point the Philadelphia Flyers FINALLY have their franchise goaltender. Hart is 1-1 in his young career against the Penguins and only appeared in relief last season during the 7-1 loss where he allowed one goal on nine shots. Again, as I stated previously none of this is counting the exhibition game these teams played back in July. I fully expect for this season to be a true breakout year for Hart and what better way to get that started then by shutting down the franchises biggest rival in game one of the season.
Tristan Jarry-(31-20-12) 2.43 GAA, .921 SV%
This year is a very important year for Jarry as he has taken over the role of the number one goalie in Pittsburgh. After trading away two-time Stanley Cup winner Matt Murray Jarry is now the guy for the Penguins and will look to improve on his success from last season. Jarry is an impressive 4-1 against the Flyers in his career so far allowing 10 goals combined in the five games. There is a lot of pressure on Jarry this year as with Murray gone the Penguins don’t have that safety net to go to if he struggles.
Flyers: Shayne Ghostisbehere(Unfit to play), Nic Aube-Kubel(Healthy), Mark Friedman(Healthy), Nate Prosser(Healthy)
Jarry Image-NBC Sports