A rivalry that is one of the best in the NHL will have even more intensity added on Sunday, as the Philadelphia Flyers have a chance to end the Pittsburgh Penguins’ 11-game winning streak. The Flyers have underachieved for most of the season, but have a tendency to show up in a big way for each of their games against the Penguins. The Flyers have managed just two wins in their past seven games, and face a huge challenge against a Penguins team that expects to have Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang back in the lineup on Sunday. The Flyers have been off since Monday, when they dropped a 4-2 decision to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek have been steady for the Flyers offense, but the lack of goals from Wayne Simmonds, Brayden Schenn and Danny Briere over the past two weeks has been a big problem. A power play that was one of the bright spots for the Flyers this season has failed to convert on eight chances in the past two games. The Pittsburgh penalty kill hasn’t been stellar this season, and provides a great chance for the Flyers to get their power play back on track.
The Flyers’ penalty kill has only allowed one goal in the past four games, which is good news heading into a meeting with a Penguins team that has the second-best power play in the entire league. While sitting five points away from a playoff spot isn’t the best spot, it doesn’t mean their season is over either. The lack of consistency they have shown this season will make it hard for them to contend down the stretch, but they can at least keep their pride intact and get some bragging rights if they bring their best effort on Sunday night.