The Penguins and Flyers are ready to play the third and final game of the series and the first two games being split between the rubber game will help put one of these two teams into a key position in the competitive East Division. The Penguins have finally allowed fans back into their arena and they have been treated to a good series thus far and the expectation is for a great finale in this Pennsylvania series.
Flyers offense is leading the wayThe Flyers were trailing 3-0 in their recent game against the Pittsburgh Penguins but scored 4 unanswered goals to win the game. The game was only a reminder of how the Flyers can find scoring throughout their lineup with an offense that is scoring 3.3 goals per game. Joel Farabee and James van Riemsdyk have scored 10 goals each and Kevin Hayes is adding 7 goals to the top line.
While the offense has played well, the defense has struggled on the backend. Ivan Provorov and Justin Braun have played well this season, combining for 2.2 defensive point shares and 60 blocked shots but the rest of the unit has struggled in the later pairings. In addition, Carter Hart has struggled in goal this season but Brain Elliott has played well as a backup allowing only 2.1 goals per game.
Penguins defensive woes continueThe Penguins have been a team that is carried by their offense but the struggles on defense have been what has cost them this season. While Kris Letang and Codi Ceci have played well this season, combining for 2.1 defensive point shares and 53 blocked shots, the rest of the unit has struggled and the issues have only been amplified by the struggles in the net. The duo of Tristan Jarry and Casey DeSmith have a save percentage below .900 and are allowing 3 goals a game, forcing the offense to run up the score to win games.
The offense has likewise been top-heavy this season with Sidney Crosby and Bryan Rust leading the top line, combining for 14 goals while Jake Geuntzel leads the second line with 7 goals. In addition, the Penguins have gotten goal scoring from defenseman Kris Letang, who has 5 on the season as well as 11 assists.