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Gameday: Battle of Pennsylvania, Part VI

#10 Pittsburgh Penguins (28-25-6, 66 pts) at # 4 Philadelphia Flyers (31-16-9, 71 pts)
Wachovia Center - 1:00 PM EST - Philadelphia, PA
TV: CSN HD, FSN Pittsburgh
Radio: 610 WIP, XM 205
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Behind Enemy Lines: Pensburgh

The Flyers are red hot entering today's matinee with the Pittsburgh Penguins. They've scored 16 goals in their last three games, and they'll need to keep up the same kind of offensive ferocity if they want to beat the rival Penguins today.

Pittsburgh has not been red hot. They fired head coach Michel Therrien after a blowout loss in Toronto a week ago, and they've gone 1-1 under interim bench boss Dan Bylsma. They are atrocious on the road, with just one win in 2009. Given that record, they begin a crucial stretch today where they will play seven of their next eight away from the Igloo.

That one road victory came in Philadelphia on January 13th, however, so the Flyers cannot overlook the flightless birds from Western PA. They are a desperate team and they're always fired up when they play at the Wachovia Center, so they should have a little extra jump in their step this afternoon.

The Flyers will need to match that extra jump. They need to play the kind of spread out, four line hockey they did on Thursday night against Buffalo. If that happens, then this should by a win for the good guys.

Between the Pipes: Martin Biron is in for the Flyers for the fourth straight game. He's 1-1-1 this season with a 3.59 GAA in three games against the Penguins.

Marc-Andre Fleury goes for the Penguins.

Pittsburgh Penguins Injuries

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Philippe Boucher foot 02/13/2009
Mike Zigomanis shoulder 12/04/2008

Questions To Answer

  1. The Flyers have done a great job of shutting Sidney Crosby down this season. Can they do it this afternoon?
  2. Can Marty keep up his good play but avoid giving up the weak games?
  3. Back on January 13th, the Flyers looked lifeless against the Pens. Can they match Pittsburgh's intensity today?
  4. Godard-Cote rematch?

Go Flyers.