Flyers defenseman Marc-Andre Bourdon was injured in Wednesday night’s 4-3 overtime victory and looks like he will be out for tonight’s game. Veteran Pavel Kubina will replace Bourdon on the blue line. However, don’t look for Kubina to play on the penalty kill as he is slower than the coaches like for their PK team. The Flyers slow start has been well documented. They are18-8-5 over their last 33 games but have only scored first in eight of their previous 33 games.
Counting the Flyers out of a game before it is completely over has not worked this year. The Flyers lead the NHL with 20 wins when the opposing team scored first. It also helps that they have playoff stud Briere. Briere, through 98 playoff games, is a point-per-game player in the playoffs with 44 goals and 54 assists for 98 points. Pretty impressive and he has been the key for the Flyers during their playoff runs in previous years.
For the Penguins, they were lead by Sidney Crosby and his line on Wednesday. Both Crosby and line mate Pascal Dupuis had a goal and an assist. Evgeni Malkin and James Neal were both held off the score sheet but those two are lethal at all times on the ice. Historically in Game 2’s, the Penguins are 22-7 at home.
The Penguins pointed out, trying to convince the public and (probably) themselves, that losing Game 1 was not a big deal because the winner of Game 1 in each of the Penguins last four series has lost the series in the end.
Puck drop is slated for 7:30 pm at the CONSOL Energy Center. The game can be seen on Comcast Sportsnet and heard on 610 am WIP.
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