Flyers vs Penguins-Part Two From The Wachovia Center

The Philadelphia Flyers are on the verge of quite a few happenings. They faceoff against division rival Pittsburgh Penguins tonight from the Wachovia Center. The Flyers were demolished in all facets of a hockey game on Tuesday when the Pens beat them 6-1 at Mellon Arena. Furthermore, if the Flyers once again put on a performance similar to Tuesday, then the Flyers locker room could look very different come the weekend.

Rumors are running rabid around the halls of the Flyers. Trades that have Jeff Carter going to L.A. for Kings captain Dustin Brown are floating around the NHL web.

The only antidote to these rumors? A decisive and compelling win tonight over the Pens could heal some holiday wounds for Philadelphia.

Game Preview

Last 10 games:  Pittsburgh 7-2-1    Philadelphia 2-8-0

“We’re not playing with enough heart right now to win,” team captain Mike Richards said after their 6-1 loss to Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

“You take a small step forward and a big step backwards,” he said of the effort in Monday’s win against Boston and Tuesday’s loss to Pittsburgh.. “We didn’t compete. Their top players came to play. They came to skate, they came to work. … We were out-jumped. They had more pop to pucks, more pop to the net. They were more physical on hits. You’re not going to win (playing that way).” says head coach Peter Laviolette.

“Those guys did a great job in those fights and got us going,” Staal said. “It’s real easy to get up for these games, it’s an exciting match every time we play. It’s a battle and I think it’s something everyone enjoys.”

Evgeni Malkin is hot scoring a goal and an assist in his last 2 games and 8 points in his last 6 games. Last season Philadelphia didn’t allow a shorthanded goal until Game No. 82. This season they’ve already allowed six, the most in the League. Philadelphia is tied for the third-most regulation losses in the league this season with 16.

Pittsburgh has won nine of its last 12 games and its 23 wins overall on the season are tied for the most in the NHL.

Sidney Crosby has 16 points (9g, 7a) in his last seven games. Crosby had a goal and two assists against the Flyers on Tuesday but has just two goals in his last eight regular season games at Philadelphia.

Brian Boucher is 2-6-0 with a 2.66 GAA in his last eight starts, however, he has allowed just one goal in two of his last four starts. Philadelphia has allowed 31 power-play goals this season which is tied for the third-most in the league. The Penguins are tied for the second-fewest goals in the NHL with the man advantage, scoring just 20.

Fights broke out between Arron Asham and Mike Rupp, Riley Cote and Eric Godard, and Dan Carcillo and Craig Adams in a 16-second span less than six minutes into the game.

“In juniors I’ve seen that – back to back to back (fights) like that – but not up here,” said Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby

Pittsburgh’s Marc-Andre Fleury made 26 saves to give him an 8-1-1 mark and 1.89 GAA in his last 10 games. He went 16-3-0 with a 2.43 GAA and two shutouts in his last 20 starts against the Flyers.

The Flyers need points now or their going to continue to put themselves in graveyard when it comes to playoff contention.

Quotes: Philadelphia Flyers.

Brian Biddle contributed to this article.

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