Saturday evening pucks and a pair of teams from the Metro Division will square off as the Pittsburgh Penguins invade Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA to rumble with the Philadelphia Flyers. This is part of the stadium series which is played outside. The Penguins enter this game off a 4-0 home loss to the Sharks, while the Flyers are off a 5-1 road loss to the Canadiens.
Pens Get Blanked By The Sharks
The inconsistent season for the Pittsburgh Penguins continues as they come in off a 4-0 home loss to the San Jose Sharks and while they are 4-2 in their last six games, they are also 4-6 over their last 10 games. The Penguins are tied with the Blue Jackets for 3rd place in the Metro Division and they are in the 8th spot in the Eastern Conference standings, but we also note that the Hurricanes are just one point behind them. Pitt needs to find consistency or they will miss the playoffs this year. The loss to the Sharks was just the 3rd time they have been blanked this year and oddly enough, all three times have come at home.
Absorbing the loss to the Sharks was Casey DeSmith, who allowed four goals on 33 shot attempts to fall to 14-16 with a 2.86 GAA on the year. Matt Murray will patrol the crease in this one and he has gone 18-11 with a 2.94 GAA on the year, including 11-3 with a 2.22 GAA on the road. In his career, he has gone 4-2 with a 2.73 GAA against the Flyers. The Penguins have gone 15-15 on the road and they have averaged 3.40 gpg and have allowed 2.90 gpg in those games. Pittsburgh enters this game ranked 6th in the league in power play conversions at 24.6% and 13th in penalty kill at 80.7%.
Flyers Lose Big To The Habs
The Philadelphia Flyers had been rolling right along,/ but they have struggled some of late as they come in having lost their last two games in a row and they have been outscored 10-3 in those games. The Flyers were beaten at home by the Bolts by a score of 5-2 and they followed that up with a 5-1 loss to the Canadiens on the road. Philadelphia is in 11th pace in the Eastern Conference playoff standings and eight points out of the 8th slot, so they have a lot of work to do if they hope to steal a spot in the postseason this year. scoring their lone goal against the Habs was Michael Raffl, which was his 5th of the year and it came midway through the 3rd to help the Flyers avoid being shutout.
Absorbing the loss to the Canadiens was Carter Hart, who allowed three goals in the first 10:33 of the game before being replaced by Brian Elliott. Hart is now 13-9 with a 2.79 GAA on the year. Elliott will get the nod in this one and he has gone 6-7 with a 2.51 GAA on the year, including 3-5 with a 2.57 GAA here at home. In his career, he has gone 7-5 with a 2.88 GAA against the Penguins. The Flyers have gone 15-16 here at home for the year and they have averaged 2.97 gpg and have allowed 3.19 gpg in those games. The Flyers check in ranked 23rd in power play conversions at 17.0% and 28th in penalty kill at 76.9%.
- 5-13 in their last 18 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game
- 1-5 in their last 6 vs. the Metropolitan
- 12-4 in their last 16 games playing on 1 days rest
- 12-5 in their last 17 vs. the Eastern Conference