The Penguins didn’t get off on the best foot they were hoping for Wednesday night in Game 1 vs the Flyers.
They punched out three immediate goals in the first 20 minutes and then sat back and watched the rest of the game, and after proceeding into overtime, Jakub Voracek notched the game winner.
Tonight, the Penguins look to even the score against the Flyers on home ice. Keeping the momentum, the power play, and creating more scoring chances should all be on the team’s checklist–as the last game was devoid of all those aspects following the first period.
According to Dan Bylsma in a report for the Penguins official website: “We went with a couple different looks and people in different spots on our power play for that type of situation,” Bylsma said. “We’ll continue to look for that as we go forward.”
Hopefully shaking up the power play will garner a positive outcome instead of going 0-3 [only 4 penalties were given out in game 1, three of which were served by the Flyers.]
This morning the Penguins held an optional skate with: Jeffrey; Engelland; Strait; Park; Tangradi; Vitale; Kennedy; Johnson; Lovejoy; Fleury; and Adams all on the ice.
Lines for tonight have yet to be announced.
On the opposing side, the Flyers have been empowered and energized by the Game 1 win.
Flyers have won the series 22 times following a Game 1 win and are 22-8 going in the playoffs and boast 36-30 record all-time in Game Two’s according to the Flyers official website. And those stats are in the forefront of the Flyer’s mind.
Briere will be pushing to notch his 100th playoff point, Schenn had three points in the last game, and Giroux has yet to make any real big moves. It’s only a matter of time before he strikes.
Flyers have yet to announce their lines.
Puck drops at 7:30 at the CONSOL Energy Center.