Gameday 1: Penguins @ Flyers

Gameday 1: Penguins @ Flyers

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Gameday 1: Penguins @ Flyers

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Penguins @ Flyers

Wells Fargo Center | Philadelphia, PA

Wednesday, January 13 | 5:30 PM Eastern

NBCSN

In a 12-month where certitude and stability are more scarce than real-life singles in your area looking for fun, we get some form of a return to normalcy* with the return of the NHL.

And what better way to do it than a rivalry filled with more chaos than the malware running on your computer after having clicked on that link to find real-life singles in your area looking for fun.

The Penguins travel to Philadelphia to ring in 2021’s version of hockey. An abbreviated 56-game docket that will see these teams meet 8 times over the next 111 days.

And precisely no one knows what to expect.

Here’s what we do know: Both of these teams made an adjusted playoff last year. The results were sub-optimal for each. The Flyers earned a “bye” into the round robin, eventually rising to win the #1 seed in the East. They fought past the Canadiens in Round 1 before sputtering and falling to the Islanders in 7 games.

Those same Canadiens stifled the Penguins in the play-in, which has set in motion a number of changes for a team who has gone from 2 straight Stanley Cup Championships to the brink of mediocrity.

Faces have changed. Gone are Patric Hornqvist, Nick Bjugstad, Conor Sheary (again), Jack Johnson, Justin Schultz, and Matt Murray. Here are Kasperi Kapanen, Colton Sceviour, Mark Jankowski, Mike Matheson, and Cody Ceci.

As they say in hockey – let’s do that hockey.

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Forwards

Guentzel – Crosby – Rodrigues

Zucker – Malkin – Rust

McCann – Jankowski – Tanev

Lafferty – Blueger – Sceviour

Defensemen

Dumoulin – Letang

Matheson – Marino

Pettersson – Ceci

In Net

Jarry

The Flyers are one of the sexy picks this year to go even further in the tournament. Probably largely attributable to their strength at the blue line with Ivan Provorov as the orchestrator there, and with the organization finally settling on what looks like a franchise goaltender in Carter Hart.

Pair that with veterans like Giroux, Hayes, and Voracek – even as Sean Couturier has emerged as a top two-way center in the league, and a few young guys full of piss and vinegar, namely Travis Konecny, and you’ve got the most complete Flyers roster in quite a while. Large credit to Chuck Fletcher, who, turns out, does better with a roster when he doesn’t pay Ryan Suter and Zach Parise eleventy bajillion dollars.

Forwards

Lindblom – Couturier – Konecny

Giroux – Hayes – Farabee

van Riemsdyk – Patrick – Voracek

Raffl – Laughton – Aube-Kubel

Defensemen

Provorov – Braun

Sanheim – Myers

Hagg – Gustafsson

In Net

Hart

Keep it ballin’ and fly.

Go Pens.

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