TURN DOWN FOR WHAT?!
The Philadelphia Flyers have played their best hockey of the season over the past two games.
Getting things going against the lowly Oilers on Saturday by a 4-2 score was a big confidence booster for the club. Captain Claude Giroux finally got the monkey off his back with his first goal of the season. A 5-0 win over the Senators in dominating fashion Tuesday night kept the ball rolling. Jakub Voracek scored twice, showing once again why he was the Flyers best player last season.
Steve Mason has looked fantastic the last two games as well, stopping all 22 shots he faced against Ottawa, and only allowing the two goals against Edmonton.
But with coach Craig Berube opting for Ray Emery to start in goal tonight, the question asks: will the Flyers be able to keep their momentum going against the high scoring, star studded Pittsburgh Penguins?
As much as Flyers fans hate the Penguins, Pittsburgh is a damn good hockey team. They are currently leading the Metropolitan Division with 22 points. Sidney Crosby‘s team defeated the Flyers in their first match up in Philadelphia by a 4-1 score. The Penguins also aren’t too bad at home, posting a 7-2 record on the campaign.
What bodes well for the Flyers though is that Pittsburgh is in a bit of a slump, so to speak. They have lost their last two games, and are 5-5-0 in their last 10 games.
The Flyers have to keep up their strong defensive play, along with their stellar goal tending in order to take down the Penguins and earn the two points tonight. Keeping the likes of Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Pascal Dupuis is no easy task and it will be up to the Flyers defense to once again keep them at bay. Ray Emery, coming off the meltdown against the Capitals, will need to emulate Steve Mason (weird…) in order to give the Flyers a chance.
And of course, the Flyers have to keep up their offense on full power. Scoring nine goals in the last two games has done wonders for this teams confidence in the offensive end. They just need to now be able to keep it going against one of the NHL’s premier teams.
So will the Flyers be able to keep their momentum going? Or will Pittsburgh stifle Philadelphia’s attack and earn their second victory over the Flyers? With the Flyers playing so well, why not keep it going?
As Lil John would say, TURN DOWN, FOR WHAT?!
(Link to what song I’m referring to below)