Flyers-Penguins: Game 2 Preview
The Flyers opened the 2020-21 season on a high note, pulling away in the third period with three goals in a 6-3 win. Now comes the unique part of this season's structure.
After defeating the Penguins on Wednesday, they return to the ice at Wells Fargo Center on Friday night for the second meeting of the season. With Wednesday's result still fresh in their minds, expect a more determined effort from the Penguins, as the Flyers look to get off to a 2-0 start.
The Flyers and Penguins face off at 7 p.m.
|Philadelphia Flyers||GP||G||A||P||Pittsburgh Penguins||GP||G||A||P|
|Joel Farabee||1||1||3||4||Brandon Tanev||1||1||1||2|
|Kevin Hayes||1||1||1||2||Mark Jankowski||1||1||1||2|
|Erik Gustafsson||1||0||2||2||Sidney Crosby||1||1||0||1|
|Michael Raffl||1||1||0||1||Jared McCann||1||0||1||1|
|Oskar Lindblom||1||1||0||1||Jake Guentzel||1||0||0||0|
The turnover to Crosby aside, Carter Hart was solid in his season debut. He allowed a goal in the first period that he partially stopped before it rose to the top of the net. The other goal he allowed in the third was one that was placed high over the glove and caught iron on the way in. Not much you can do about shots like that. Hart otherwise looked sharp, especially once the Flyers gained the lead back for good. He's back in goal for the second time on the young season.After allowing six goals in the opener, Tristan Jarry will likely get the call for the Penguins with a chance to bounce back. Jarry has shown the ability to make the key saves and lead the Penguins to victory, but in a lot of cases was left helpless in the opener. The Flyers were very opportunistic and seemingly jumped on every chance. Jarry will be looking for revenge as much as anybody, so expect a sharper performance in goal from Pittsburgh.Projected Lineups
Flyers Scratches: Morgan Frost, Shayne Gostisbehere, Mark Friedman
Penguins Scratches: Cody Ceci, Juuso Riikola
- Flyers: No changes are expected to the lineup for the Flyers. After Wednesday night's win, the line combinations remained the same. Mark Friedman and Morgan Frost sit as healthy scratches. Shayne Gostisbehere remains on the NHL's COVID-19 unavailable players list.
- Penguins: The Penguins still don't have the services of Kasperi Kapanen due to his presence on the NHL's COVID-19 unavailable players list. They will make one change to the lineup, bringing in Chad Ruhwedel for Cody Ceci.
- Power Play: Flyers (T-1st), Penguins (T-7th)
- Penalty Kill: Flyers (T-18th), Penguins (T-27th)
- Recent History vs. Penguins
- Jan. 13, 2021 - Flyers 6, Penguins 3 (at PHI)
- Flyers Leaders vs. Penguins
- Claude Giroux - 52 GP, 16 G, 36 A, 52 P
- Jake Voracek - 44 GP, 23 G, 20 A, 43 P
- Joel Farabee - 4 GP, 1 G, 5 A, 6 P
- Sean Couturier - 38 GP, 6 G, 18 A, 24 P
- Carter Hart - 4 GP, 2-1-0, 2.41 GAA, .929 SV%
- Milestone Watch
- Jake Voracek needs two assists to pass Mark Recchi for fifth all-time in Flyers history.
Where to Watch
TV: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Radio: 97.3 ESPN
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