A Flyers fan’s beam to a playoff array opposite a Pittsburgh Penguins

For a initial time in 6 years, a dual Pennsylvania teams will accommodate in a postseason. Sean Couturier was a rookie and a Flyers won in 6 games over a Penguins. Marc-Andre Fleury and Ilya Bryzgalov authorised both nets to fill adult as there was an normal of 9.3 goals per diversion in a series.

This total to be opposite with a Penguins going for their third championship in 3 years and extremely reduction extra-curricular activity between a dual teams after whistles.

“It would be a good match,” Jordan Weal pronounced after a Penguins kick a Flyers 5-4 in overtime late final month. “Playing a group in a multiplication is always a tough conflict since we play them so many times during a year. You know everybody’s details and outs. That’s what creates it fun. You only go out there and battle. Whoever wants it some-more customarily comes out on top. They’re a good squad. We’re a good group as well. It would be fun.”

“I consider any group in playoffs it’s tough,” Couturier pronounced after a Flyers clinched a playoff mark Saturday. “To win it all, we consider you’ve got to kick a best teams. Whoever we play, we’ll be prepared and go out there and try to win.”


Wednesday a Flyers non-stop a doors of a renovated gym and nourishment areas of a team’s use trickery to a media.

Tale of a tape

Head-to-head record: Flyers 0-2-2 ; Penguins 4-0-0
Power play: Flyers 20.7 percent (16th); Penguins 26.2 (1st)
Penalty kill: Flyers 75.8 percent (28th); Penguins 80.0 (17th)
Goaltending: Flyers 2.88 goals-against normal (14th), .907 save percentage;  Penguins 3.02 goals-against normal (20th), .906 save percentage

The matchups  

Most of a eyes will be on how a Flyers try to tackle a three-headed beast down a center for Pittsburgh. Centers Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Derick Brassard will be tough to defend. Brassard has missed time with what a group calls a “lower-body injury,” though has resumed skating and could be privileged for Game 1.

Couturier has historically finished good opposite Malkin, though final diversion in Pittsburgh manager Mike Sullivan opted to have Crosby go adult opposite Couturier instead and pitted Malkin opposite rookie Nolan Patrick. In a final assembly in Philadelphia, Dave Hakstol elite to have Patrick go adult opposite Brassard, Couturier on Malkin and Valtteri Filppula on Crosby. That final one was quite ugly, both in modernized stats and to a exposed eye. Crosby had 3 assists and Filppula was a minus-3.

Dave Isaac; @davegisaac; 856-486-2479; disaac@gannett.com

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