After an impressive showing in game one, the Flyers host the Penguins again tonight looking to start out the season 2-0 for the second straight year. The depth of the Flyers was on full display on Wednesday with all six goals coming from different scorers. Joel Farabee posted a four point night, and offseason signee Erik Gustafsson began his Flyers career with a two point night.
Carter Hart will be in net again, looking to improve his career record vs. Pittsburgh to 3-1. Despite a less than ideal turnover that directly lead to a Sidney Crosby goal, Hart performed well in game one facing a ton of shots early on. While they kept most of the Penguins’ pressure to the outside, it would be good to see the Flyers limit the amount of shots Hart sees as well.
The Penguins will be hoping they get a better effort from their defense, but seeing as they’re still employing Cody Ceci and Mike Matheson for this game, quite unlikely. Our boys took full advantage of a weak Penguins defense, and for the most part kept Crosby and Malkin quiet. That will be the key to this game as well with the Penguins’ depth not exactly being what it used to be.
Shayne Gostisbehere will once again remain out of the lineup as he continues to be in COVID-19 protocol, so the lines remain the same for tonight’s matchup as they were in game one.
Two Big Questions
1. Will the depth continue to come through?
Depth was a huge reason the Flyers won on Wednesday, with all four lines fully capable of scoring and generating offensive pressure. If they can put up the same kind of pressure tonight they’ll have a damn good chance of starting the season 2-0.
2. Will the Farabee line dominate again?
Without a doubt from the onset of training camp the Flyers best line has been the Giroux, Hayes, Farabee line. They showed it in the scrimmage, and especially on Wednesday. After seeing what this line has to offer, will the Penguins be able to adjust?
Flyers Projected Lines
Lindblom — Couturier — Konecny
Giroux — Hayes — Farabee
JVR — Patrick — Voracek
Raffl — Laughton — NAK
Provorov — Braun
Sanheim — Myers
Hagg — Gustafsson