This afternoon’s game is enormous. The Flyers have not played well in afternoon games this year and Pittsburgh is coming in as a desperate. A Flyers loss would give the Penguins confidence in the series as they would only trail 2-1 while a Flyers win would push the Penguins to the brink of elimination with a 3-0 series lead. The Flyers are 17-0 in series where they lead 2-0 and are 10-7 in Game 3 of those 17 series. As a team the Flyers are 33-33 in Game 3 overall.
The Penguins are looking to bounce back and are hoping that allowing the Flyers to come back in each of the first two games has not hurt them. Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma said, “You can say that losing 4-3 is a 4-3 loss no matter how it goes down, and an overtime game is painful for anybody who's losing 4-3. But I think we understand we had leads, 3-0 leads and two-goals leads, and they were able to come back. I think it's difficult to deal with those loses, and at the same time, we have to put it behind us.” Those are not exactly words of confidence as the Penguins seem like they do not know what kind of product they are putting on the ice for Game 3.
The Penguins all time series record when trailing 2-0 is a decent 5-6. They are 5-2 in the last seven series in which they have fallen behind 0-2. One of those two losses came in 1997 to the Philadelphia Flyers. The Penguins have historically faired well at the Wells Fargo Center as they are 12-7-1 since 2006-07 in the regular season and 3-2 in the postseason over that time.
Puck drops at 3:00 pm. The game can be seen on NBC and heard on 610 am WIP.
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