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Game 32, Preview and Open Thread: Battle of PA II, Philadelphia Flyers at Pittsburgh Penguins

#10 Philadelphia Flyers (15-15-1, 31 pts) at #4 Pittsburgh Penguins (22-10-1, 45 pts)
Wachovia Center - 7:00 PM ET - Philadelphia, PA
TV: Versus HD, TSN 2 HD, RDS HD
Radio: 610 WIP (internet stream), XM 204
This is the open game thread.
Behind Enemy Lines: Pensburgh

After getting somewhat of a monkey off of their backs last night, the Flyers have no time to rest as they head to Pittsburgh to take on the hated Penguins. While last night was just one game, the orange and black put together a strong performance, and you could tell that they were relieved and happy with their effort. It's baby steps to be sure, but now they need to take another one.

If there is any team to test their new-found mettle, it's their kryptonite from across the state.

The effort from the Flyers last night was great, but it would be a psychological coup if they could beat the Pens in their building tonight, and a huge boost to everybody in the Philadelphia locker room. Peter Laviolette even seemed happy for the first time in his Flyer tenure after the game.

"I was really glad to see us respond the way we did in the third period. I thought we really played a terrific period from start to finish. I thought we skated, I thought we possessed the puck, I thought we shot and looked for offense, we didn't sit back when we got the goal. It's what we needed."

They'll have to do the exact same thing tonight in order to get a win.

For the first time seemingly all season, the Penguins are completely healthy. Resident Flyer killer Sidney Crosby is red hot coming into this one, and the top pairing of Chris Pronger and Matt Carle will have to have an excellent game to keep him from doing damage.

Pittsburgh is also well rested, as tonight is just their third game in the last eight days. The Flyers, on the other hand, have been extremely busy lately. Tonight is their seventh game in 13 days.

Braydon Coburn will be back in the Flyers lineup tonight after sitting for a game with an ankle injury. After the jump, line combinations, starting goaltenders, questions to answer, and our in-game open thread.

Flyers Line Combinations
Carcillo - Richards - Carter
Hartnell - Giroux - Briere
JVR - Pyorala - Asham
Nodl or Cote - Kalinski - Laperriere

Carle - Pronger
Timonen - Parent
Coburn - Bartulis

Starting Goaltenders

Brian Boucher 12 652 4 7 26 2.39 286 260 .909 0

Marc-Andre Fleury 27 1577 18 8 64 2.44 674 610 .905 0

Questions To Answer

  1. Is there any carry over from the Scott Hartnell biting/Kris Letang whining incident that happened when these two teams met back in October?
  2. Can the Flyers keep the intensity up from last night in Boston?
  3. Is Braydon Coburn still injured, and are the Flyers rushing him back so Danny Syvret doesn't see the ice?
  4. Power play... yay or nay?
  5. The Pens PP has been struggling, but they've revamped it. How's the Flyers PK respond?

Tonight's game will be broadcast on Versus in the United States and on TSN 2 in Canada. RDS for the Francophones. Listen with the hometown guys at 610 WIP, and as always, join us here for the discussion. Crosby sucks. LET'S GO FLYERS!