#7 (37-31, 80 pts) at #4
Mellon Arena (for the last time?) - 1:00 PM ET - Pittsburgh, PA
TV: CSN Philly HD, FSN Pittsburgh (oh god) HD
Radio: 610 WIP, XM 206
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Back in January, I stumbled upon a few photos of Johan Backlund's goalie mask. Adorned in Flyers colors and Flyers logos, the angle I took for the story I wrote about his mask was that he had 'high hopes' for making the Flyers roster. Those hopes were evident in the probably-expensive piece of artwork he put on his head each night with the Phantoms.
I also mentioned how Backlund playing with the Flyers this season was pretty unlikely, given the fact that the goalie wasn't even trusted to be a backup behind Brian Boucher once Ray Emery went down. Paul Holmgren made that clear when he picked Michael Leighton off of waivers.
So it's a nice way to sum up this season, perhaps, in that there are eight games left in the season, Backlund is getting his first NHL start today against our cross-state rivals, and most of us are actually pretty happy with this occurrence. We haven't been winning with Boosh in goal, whether that's his fault or not, and the team really doesn't have much else to lose at this point.
It's Backlund's net today. He's kept a weak Phantoms team alive in the AHL all season long. Let's see if he can keep this Flyers team above the playoff bubble.
Pittsburgh clinches a playoff spot with a point today. Don't let it happen. This could be the Flyers last ever game at
Civic Mellon Arena. Let's win it.
After the jump, lines, goalies, and questions to answer.
Flyers Line Combinations
Hartnell – Richards – Carcillo
Gagne – Briere – Leino
van Riemsdyk – Giroux – Powe
Laperriere – Betts – Asham
Pronger - Coburn
Timonen - Krajicek
Parent - Bartulis
Late word: Carle is out.
Pittsburgh Line Combinations
Can't find 'em. The website I usually go to is broken. Who cares though?
|2009 w/ ADK - Johan Backlund||41||1318||21||17||114||2.79||1216||1102||.906||2|
Questions to Answer
- Martin Havlat, after the Wild game: "Once they got the lead, they gave up." Does the motivation of playing the Penguins translate into [enter Flyers' marketing slogan here] hockey?
- How's Backlund look?
- How much does missing Malkin hurt the Pens today? Same goes for Gonchar, if he is indeed out.
- Can the Flyers win their last regular season game at Mellon Arena?
CSN, WIP, BSH. LET'S GO FLYERS!