NHL Preview: Philadelphia Flyers Host the Pittsburgh Penguins

By Deanna Vasso
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The Philadelphia Flyers are coming off another loss at a really bad time in their schedule. In what will probably be one of the team’s most anticipated games this season, the Flyers will host their bitter cross state rivals the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday.

Whenever these two teams play each other, fans know that it’s going to be a battle. The Flyers will go at the Pens hard, as these two quite seriously hate each other. Whenever they play each other, there’s always a guarantee of fights, which is entertaining for some fans, but it’s also really bad for the Flyers because that means they will be taking a lot of penalty minutes and playing on the penalty kill a lot. Based on their poor record right now, it is not exactly the route the Flyers want to go in this game.

No matter what, this game will be exciting, but the Flyers need to be on their toes because they are doing really badly and the Penguins are doing really well right now. The Pens actually lead the Metropolitan division with a 5-1-0 record. With the star power coming from NHL poster boy Sidney Crosby, they have a lot of work ahead of them.

A silver lining to the Flyers chances in their game against the Pens is that their rival has a lot of players missing on the lineup due to injuries. The Flyers could take this to their advantage. One Flyer that is likely to stand out on Thursday is rookie Tye McGinn. McGinn was a beacon of shining light for the Flyers and he could really help the Flyers sluggish offense start to pick it up. They need to do this facing the Pens.

Deanna Vasso is a Flyers writer for Rant Sports. You can follow her on Twitter, like her on Facebook or join her Google network.

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