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SteelCityMom 10-05-2010 07:16 PM

Flyers @ Penguins Game Preview
 
Yeah, I know...the games on Thursday, but I'm geeked and ready to go! :tt02:


Penguins open up Consol Energy Center vs. Flyers
Tuesday, 10.05.2010 / 5:52 PM
Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

FLYERS (0-0-0) at PENGUINS (0-0-0)

TV: VERSUS

Season series -- The Penguins won five of six meetings last season. … On Oct. 8, Alex Goligoski and Bill Guerin scored midway through the second period to help the Penguins earn a 5-4 road win. … On Dec. 15, Jordan Staal scored twice and Sidney Crosby's goal and assist lifted the Penguins to a 6-1 home win. … On Dec. 17, Crosby and Kris Letang scored shootout goals in Pittsburgh's 3-2 road win. … On Jan. 7, James van Riemsdyk and Jeff Carter scored two goals each for the Flyers in a 7-4 road win. … On Jan. 24, Matt Cooke scored with 1:47 remaining in the third period to give the Penguins a 2-1 road win. … On March 27, Crosby notched three assists and Marc-Andre Fleury made 26 saves in a 4-1 home triumph.

Big story -- The Flyers and Penguins tied 1-1 in their first game in Pittsburgh on Nov. 4, 1967, when 4,179 showed up at the Igloo. Nearly four times that many, 17,132, were on hand for the final home game there between the teams last March 27. On Thursday, you can expect a capacity crowd of 18,000-plus to fill Pittsburgh's new state of the art Consol Energy Center with its wide concourses and fan-friendly views.

Team Scope:

Penguins -- After 43 years at Mellon Arena (aka the Igloo), the Penguins will move across the street to the Consol Energy Center and play before what is sure to be a pretty boisterous crowd. The loss of defenseman Sergei Gonchar (Ottawa Senators) was quickly filled with the additions of Zbynek Michalek and Paul Martin along the blue line. The absence of Staal (foot) hurts, but the Pens remain top contenders with Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Fleury in the fold. The team seeks a fourth 100-point season in the last five years.

Flyers -- Rather than acquire a goalie in the off-season, General Manager Paul Holmgren went with his gut feeling and decided to stick with Michael Leighton and Brian Boucher as his Nos. 1 and 2. That plan was revisited on Sept. 28, however, when Holmgren learned that Leighton would be sidelined a month with an ailing back, thrusting Boucher into the spotlight. That also opened the door for 22-year-old Russian goalie Sergei Bobrovsky to serve as the team's backup for the foreseeable future. Holmgren did bolster his defense in the offseason with the additions of Andrej Meszaros, Sean O'Donnell and Matt Walker and he's hoping forward Nikolai Zherdev can help offset the loss of fan-favorite Simon Gagne (Tampa Bay).

Who's hot -- It'll be interesting to see if Flyers coach Peter Laviolette opts to reunite Ville Leino with center Danny Briere and Scott Hartnell to open the season. The media-dubbed "Second Chance Line" combined for 11 goals and a plus-12 rating when they were put together for the first time during the Stanley Cup Playoffs last spring. Leino tied a League rookie record with 21 points in the playoffs despite missing four games as a healthy scratch and Briere finished with a League-high 30 postseason points.

Injury report -- The Penguins are without Staal (foot). The Flyers will carry on without the services of Leighton (back) for a month and penalty-killing specialist Ian Laperriere (post-concussion symptoms) for the foreseeable future. Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger (right knee), meanwhile, is questionable.

Stat pack -- The Penguins will take a 58-44-2 home-ice record against Philadelphia into their new building, although the Flyers hold a one-sided 132-85-31 series edge since both franchises entered the NHL in 1967. Pittsburgh's win total at home against the Flyers, counting the playoffs is 66, the same as the great Mario Lemieux's number.

Puck drop -- While the Flyers might boast the best top six on defense in the League, questions abound in goal. Boucher is the likely starter against the Penguins with the rookie Bobrovsky serving as backup. The Crosby-led Penguins will offer a stern first test in front of their hometown faithful. The Penguins and their fans have been waiting for this day for almost three months after suffering a stunning seven-game setback to the Canadiens in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

http://www.nhl.com/ice/preview.htm?i...vid=sb:preview


LET'S GO PENS!!!

Shea 10-05-2010 10:49 PM

Re: Flyers @ Penguins Game Preview
 
I'm geeked too.
Just two more days and hockey season will finally be here. :banana:

SteelCityMom 10-06-2010 03:45 PM

Re: Flyers @ Penguins Game Preview
 
Facing Arch-Rival Flyers Adds To Opening Night Excitement

Wednesday, 10.06.2010 / 2:45 PM / Features
By Jason Seidling
Finally, after years of hype and buildup, CONSOL Energy Center will officially make its regular-season debut on Thursday night when the Penguins begin the 2010-11 campaign by hosting the Philadelphia Flyers at 7 p.m. in a nationally-televised contest on Versus.

The anticipation of opening a new arena would have been immense no matter who the National Hockey League chose to schedule as the Penguins’ opponent. But the fact that the Penguins drew their fiercest rival only adds to what should be a memorable night at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Washington Place.

“I think it is always exciting to start up again, particularly at home,” captain Sidney Crosby said. “With the new building and with it being against Philly, there is no shortage in motivation.”

“I think playing the Flyers definitely adds to the game,” Craig Adams added. “I think it’s fitting and good for the fans to open up against Philly. I think it will be good for both teams.”

Penguins fans never have trouble getting up for a game when the Flyers make a cross-state visit, and that will be particularly true on Thursday night as the Flyers enter the contest as the defending Eastern Conference champions.

That title – conference champion – was of course held by the Penguins in 2008 and ‘09, which means the Flyers now holding that distinction is not something that sits well with Penguins fans.

“If you are a fan and there is a team you really don’t like, you don’t like to see them have success,” Adams said. “Certainly our fans would have rather seen in us in the Final.”

But sometimes that constant shift in the balance of power is what helps to make a rivalry … well … a rivalry.

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To keep the spice within a rivalry, it doesn’t hurt to loath a bit for the other team’s success. Which means one of the goals for the Penguins this season before they can reach their ultimate goal – the Stanley Cup – is to get by the defending conference champions.

“They are the team that went the furthest (in the conference) last year,” Chris Kunitz said. “We didn’t get that far, so that means our season wasn’t as successful. They got to the point where they were within two games of winning the Stanley Cup. We want to get back to that. Whoever stands in our way is going to be our competition.”

Heading into Thursday night’s opener the Penguins should feel good about their chances of taking down the Flyers and beginning what they hope is a journey which will allow them to dethrone the ‘Broad Street Bullies’ of their lofty positioning.

Including the postseason, the Penguins have posted an impressive 28-10 record against the Flyers since the beginning of the ’06-07 season, including an 11-3 mark in Pittsburgh and a 5-1 overall record last season.

Adams, however, cautioned against reading too much into those numbers. He said the Flyers have brought their ‘A’ game almost every night throughout the Penguins’ recent run of success against them, and the Penguins are expecting more of the same when the puck is dropped on Thursday night.

“You know it’s always going to be a hard-fought game,” Adams said. “Both teams are always going to be ready to play those type of games. A lot of those games have been close games that could have gone both ways. We have been fortunate to win a few.”

Thanks to a red carpet pre-game intro into the arena, the outdoor screen, a thrilling pre-game ceremony – and most importantly, the Penguins and Flyers doing battle – Thursday night should be another great chapter to add to one of the NHL’s best rivalries.

http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=539743

Shea 10-06-2010 10:27 PM

Re: Flyers @ Penguins Game Preview
 
Sweet jesus I think I might weep tomorrow night.

It's finally here .....

Shea 10-06-2010 10:32 PM

Re: Flyers @ Penguins Game Preview
 
[YOUTUBE]6D0BlEDLuL0[/YOUTUBE]

Bring it, Philly.

This is gonna be our year!

SteelCityMom 10-06-2010 10:34 PM

Re: Flyers @ Penguins Game Preview
 
I KNOW! I watched two older Pens/Flyers games last night on Hulu cause I couldn't contain myself.

I also decided not to go down tomorrow night. It's been raining here all week long, and has only been in the low to mid 50's (during the day, colder at night of course)...and my daughter just got over a cold last week. It's much easier to get down there during the playoffs when the weather is a bit nicer.

So you definitely gotta hop on here tomorrow and watch with me!

SteelCityMom 10-06-2010 10:44 PM

Re: Flyers @ Penguins Game Preview
 
I am pumped!!! I LOVE that Crosby video too!

Is it wrong for me to be more psyched up about the start of the hockey season? :nervous:

[YOUTUBE]gIyIrpgjmqI[/YOUTUBE]

[YOUTUBE]V4JfftRzh1A[/YOUTUBE]

[YOUTUBE]bIybCqLe5LY[/YOUTUBE]

:tt03: :tt03: :tt03:

SteelMember 10-07-2010 07:17 AM

Re: Flyers @ Penguins Game Preview
 
Let the lovin' begin...

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I love this last one... :chuckle:

SteelCityMom 10-07-2010 12:42 PM

Re: Flyers @ Penguins Game Preview
 
Penguins Report: Grand Opening


Thursday, 10.07.2010 / 9:30 AM / Penguins Report
By Sam Kasan

Asham and Letang updates at 11:35 AM entry...

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12:39 PM:
According the Flyers official website 22-year-old Rusian sensation Sergei Bobrovsky will get the start in goal for Philadelphia tonight.

"Bobrovsky led the team in preseason action, appearing in five games and posting a 3-0-1 mark to go along with a 1.76 goals-against average and .939 save percentage in 205 minutes of play, allowing six goals on 98 shots."
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12:34 PM:
Coahspeak with Dan Bylsma...

Arron Asham, after further evaluation, wanted to play. We were hoping to play him, but he is going to be placed on IR. As a result, we have called up Eric Tangradi. For those of you who were concerned about Eric, we hoped Arron would be able to play, but possibly knowing he wouldnít be able to play, we sent Eric to Wheeling in case this was a possibility he had to come back here, with the round trip being two hours instead of 10 hours to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

On Tangradi being nervous growing up a Flyers fan:
I think the things we bounced around this end, regardless of the situation, this is the start of the season, the home opener against Philadelphia. Iím pretty confident that regardless of any situation he would have been experiencing some jitters and some things other than hockey in his head tonight.

On Letangís status:
Kris is under the weather. He is a game-time decision.

On why Patrick Killeen was recalled:
It was just because Patrick has been sent down to the East Coast Hockey League. Gilles Meloche works with all of our goalies. Patrick is considered a prospect, so this was a chance for Gilles to work with him today.


On Tangradi staying with the Penguins when Asham returns:
Thatís a great question. I think that will play itself out a little bit considering how everyone plays and how our team plays where he fits in when Arron Asham gets healthy.

On why Despres was sent down:
He was not going to be in our starting lineup. The situation he would have been in if he would have stayed with our team was one where he would have been in and out of the lineup and not getting a great chance. Thatís not something we thought was good for his development. Simon did a great job in this camp. He showed he is going to play in this league. He could probably play right now. But for our team and our situation, itís probably not the best thing for his development.

On paring Goligoski and Engelland:
I couldnít tell you the exact number of games they have played together, but itís probably in the 80-100 range. Just that comfort I think is something that we looked at this morning when we were entertaining possibilities with Kris being under the weather. I think if the game would play out, you would see 3 (Goligoski) and 7 (Paul Martin) playing together and 44 (Brooks Orpik) and 4 (Zbynek Michalek) playing together.

On who will fill the net-front role on the power play:
We had a meeting with about five players regarding the net-front guy. The one who does it the best will be the one who stands there. The purpose and what we would like to see from that position has been explained very specifically.

On opening the new arena:
I think we wanted to win some games in here (during the preseason) to break it in. Itís beautiful, itís nice, itís an awesome place in a lot of different aspects, but we want this to be a tough place to play. We want this to be a place that visiting teams donít want to be in and donít want to come play in. Winning exhibition games is nice and took some polish off the seats, but the real thing will be something different. Tonight is the real life. Itís opening night and itís Philly. There are a lot of things that make this game special.

Goal: Jason Seidling
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12:31 PM:
Sounds heard around the locker room:

Sidney Crosby

On the motivation playing Philadelphia:

I donít think we need any extra motivation at this point. If anything it adds to it, but I really donít think you can add to it at this point. Itís a great way to start the year especially in this new building.

On how much different this game feels than the preseason home games:

Itís more exciting. This is why we all play. I think weíre all looking forward to getting a routine and playing for something here.

On all the little details of CONSOL Energy Center:

I think the biggest thing is that they made it feel comfortable with all the tradition around here. I think anyone will tell you in any organization or any player that the history of their team is so important, so it just adds to everything.

On the Mario Mosaic:

Itís pretty incredible that they were able to do that.

On managing the excitement level of the first game:

We just have to use it to motivate us. I donít think we have to change anything. Thereís a lot of excitement that comes with this anyway. Itís all part of a first game and itís something weíll have to deal with, and weíll be able to deal with our emotions. If anything, I hope it makes it better.


Mike Comrie

On playing on a top line and the top power-play unit:

I think that there are a lot of capable players in here. Whoever is on the ice has to do their best and fulfill their role. Thereís obviously some talented players that can get you the puck. We are all excited about this year. We know itís a long year and there are going to be ups and downs. On paper we have a great team. If we stay healthy we can really give ourselves a chance to compete.

On being a free agent steal:
I think that we have a lot of work ahead of ourselves. We all want to contribute. The preseason is over and now it is time to start playing for real. We are all excited about that.

Assists: Tony Jovenitti, Jason Seidling
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12:20 PM:

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Scott Hartnell and Mike Richards (left)

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Sergei Bobrovsky (left)
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12:10 PM:
The Flyers are finishing up their morning skate. Defenseman Chris Pronger, who has a knee injury, wasn't looking to limber in the early going. He is still on th ice while the majority of his teammates have departed. Though it's not a definite sign, but is an indication that he will not play tonight.

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12:05 PM:
Eric Tangradi
had an interesting 24 hours. He was assigned to Wheeling of the ECHL Wednesday evening, only to be recalled Thursday morning. Head coach Dan Bylsma said the reasoning behind the move was due to the upper-body injury Arron Asham has been dealing with.

"We knew there was a possibility Asham couldnít play," Bylsma said. "So we sent Eric (Tangradi) to Wheeling so that he could be here roundtrip in two hours versus 10 hours to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton."

"I got a call this morning to come back," said Tangradi, who will be wearing No. 26 in the lineup tonight. "I feel fortunate to be here. I planned on practicing in Wheeling today and the plan changed."

Tangradi, who has 12 family and friends attending Thursday's home opener, has enjoyed the social media melee over his interesting journey.

"It was a confusing 24 hours, but Iím back in Pittsburgh," he said. "It was fun looking at Twitter last night. There were a lot of interesting rumors being spread, very, very interesting rumors. I canít say any to you guys, but I had a couple good laughs yesterday."

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11:35 AM:
Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma gave a couple of injury updates at his media conference:

Arron Asham - Placed on IR.

"
Arron Asham after further examination, he wanted him to play and we were hoping he'd play, he was placed on IR."

Kris Letang - Under the weather and is a game-time decision.

"Kris is under the weather. He is a game-time decision."

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10:58 AM:

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Maxime Talbot (left) was the first player on the ice for the morning skate as usual.

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Eric Tangradi (right) was recalled earlier today.

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Evgeni Malkin (left) shoots while stretching

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Marc-Andre Fleury makes a save with Mike Rupp providing a screen (left)

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10:49 AM:
Defenseman Kris Letang is not on the ice. We'll get an update as soon as we hear anything.
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10:38 AM:
Student rushers lined up as early 8:30 Wednesday night to get a ticket to the grand opening of CONSOL Energy Center. The line was full this morning. Penguins CEO David Morehouse, GM Ray Shero and head coach Dan Bylsma passed out donuts and coffee to the rushers. View the full photo gallery here.



Jason Seidling will be filing a report shortly...

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CEO David Morehouse (left); GM Ray Shero (right)
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10:34 AM:
The Penguins' lines at the morning skate were:

Kunitz-Crosby-Dupuis
Tangradi-Comrie-Malkin
Cooke-Letestu-Kennedy
Rupp-Adams-Talbot-Godard (the four rotated)

Orpik-Michalek
Lovejoy-Martin
Goligoski-Engelland

Fleury and Johnson were in the net.

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9:48 AM:
Goaltender Patrick Killeen, who was recalled from Wheeling of the ECHL Wednesday, did some work on the ice with goaltender coach Gilles Meloche and strength coach Mike Kadar before the team's morning skate.
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9:41 AM:
Jason Seidling has tonight's scouting report on the Flyers.
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9:37 AM:
Some early news to report. The Penguins have recalled left wing Eric Tangradi from Wheeling of the ECHL. He will be in the lineup tonight, and will likely play with Evgeni Malkin and Mike Comrie.
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9:30 AM:
Welcome to CONSOL Energy Center - the new home of the Pittsburgh Penguins! The day has finally come. There will be a lot of festivities taking place for Thursday's opener - with a red carpet, big screen and the hated Flyers - but everyone should take a minute to reflect on what this new arena has really meant for the Penguins and the city of Pittsburgh. I did that yesterday and this was the result.

So take some time to enjoy the great accomplishments ...

OK. Now let's play some hockey. The 2010-11 season has arrived. Game on!

http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=539839

Fire Haley 10-07-2010 01:08 PM

Re: Flyers @ Penguins Game Preview
 
Yay! The game will be on Versus.

and...

NHL Center Ice to be free for first 18 days

http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=539736


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