The stage is set for the Flyers to take on the Penguins in tomorrow’s 2017 Coors Light Stadium Series game at Heinz Field. Another chapter will be written in a decades-old rivalry between the two franchises.
— Sons of Penn (@SonsofPenn) February 24, 2017
Ever since the NHL’s expansion back in 1967, the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins have developed a bitter rivalry. With over 275 regular season meetings, the Flyers hold the edge with 151 wins as opposed to Pittsburgh’s 97. Despite those numbers, the Penguins have been on the rise as of late. As the defending Stanley Cup Champions, Pittsburgh currently sits in second place in the Metropolitan Division while Philadelphia has sank near the bottom at sixth place.
Tomorrow’s game has a big impact on the Flyers as it’s two points towards clawing their way back to a playoff spot. Five points stand between them and the second wildcard spot in the Metro. With only 22 games left, the Flyers are in desperate need of each and every point at stake. Things have gone downhill for Philadelphia ever since their 10-game win streak and time is running out for them to salvage their season.
On the other hand, Pittsburgh has little to nothing to worry about. They’ll most likely make the postseason unless they have a monumental collapse in the next month and a half. Sidney Crosby is healthy, leads the NHL in goals, and is second place in points behind Edmonton’s Connor McDavid. Crosby, along with the rest of the Penguins, won’t mind seeing the Flyers’ playoff hopes dwindle a tiny bit more.
Two teams. One on the rise and one desperate for hope. Will the Flyers snag two points on the outdoor stage or will the Penguins give their hometown fans another reason to cheer? Tune in tomorrow night at 8:00 p.m. on NBC.