Showdown in Philadelphia
The Pittsburgh Penguins enter Tuesday’s action with the best record in the NHL at 21-8-2 for 44 points. Right behind them is their most hated rival in the Philadelphia Flyers at 19-7-5 for 43 points.
Tonight’s game figures to have a playoff atmosphere in the team’s 4th meeting of the season. There is plenty riding tonight’s game as Pittsburgh looks to extend their winning streak to 13 but most importantly a loss by Pittsburgh would put them at 1-3 this season against Philadelphia.
Both teams figure to be neck-and-neck in the race for first place and Pittsburgh looks to even up the season series tonight.
The Penguins are hopeful to get a boost from the likely return of Evgeni Malkin who has missed the past four games due to a sore knee.
In goal for Philadelphia will be Brian Boucher not Sergei Bobrovsky. Boucher is 5-3-2 on the season with a 2.23 GAA. Meanwhile, rookie Bobrovsky is 14-4-3 on the season with a 2.29 GAA and 9.40 save percentage and not to mention has two wins against Pittsburgh this season, but Boucher is the hot hand of late.
He is 3-0-1 in his last 4 starts, winning two straight for the Flyers.
Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger did not participate in the morning skate but will play.
Inside The Numbers
31GP – 21W – 8L – 2 – 44Pts
Goals For Per Game | 3.19 – 5th in the NHL
Goals Against Per Game | 2.29 – 3rd in the NHL
PP % | 16.2% – 18th in the NHL
PK % | 88.2% – 2nd in the NHL