Pittsburgh Penguins (48-25-8)
The Pittsburgh Penguins are coming off of a magnificent win against the Metropolitan Division winners, Washington Capitals. Sidney Crosby struck for a goal in overtime to give Pittsburgh its 48th win of the season.
The Penguins are looking to finish the season off strongly against the rivaled Flyers. If Pittsburgh is able to win today, they will sweep all four games against Philadelphia. Marc-Andre Fleury has not been ruled out of today’s game. Coach Mike Sullivan said he would evaluate the team’s health and will go from there.
Anxiousness is setting in for the playoffs to begin. If the Penguins are able to continue this momentum, the return of Evgeni Malkin could propel this team further. Today’s game will be a test for players who may need to step up their game in Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Philadelphia Flyers (39-27-14)
The Philadelphia Flyers are in a very tough position. Today’s game against the Penguins is crucial in determining their fate. Philadelphia is one point behind the Boston Bruins for the last wildcard spot.
If the Flyers manage to win their last two games, they are guaranteed to qualify to play for the Stanley Cup.
“If you told us two months ago we’d be in this position, we’d take it,” captain Claude Giroux following their last game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Should Philadelphia win today, it must win against the New York Islanders tomorrow night. Its season hangs in the balance and expect a high-tempo Flyers team determined to prevent a season sweep.
The Penguins may rest some players, which could very likely lead to the Penguins being defeated in the final game of the season. With the Flyers on the outside looking in, they will be battling for a chance to get in the playoffs.
Pittsburgh will not be able to match a desperate Philadelphia team in a 4-2 loss.
Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
When: April 9 @ 3 p.m.