That wasn’t how the Philadelphia Flyers wanted to start the Stanley Cup Playoffs. They didn’t get off the plane at the airport, as they had to swallow an ugly 7-0 loss against the Penguins. The bad news is that they were embarrassed and didn’t show up to play. The good news is that there are no carryovers like a two-leg soccer/football aggregate. Despite getting blown out, they are only one game away from knotting this series up. Nevertheless, the Flyers are going to have a heck of a time winning this series against the defending Stanley Cup Champions. Even before that blowout in Game 1, the Flyers knew they were going to be short-handed against the Pens.
If Game 1 was any indication, the Penguins are not fooling around. They look hungry to repeat as Stanley Cup Champions. The Penguins buried 7 goals, including a hat trick from captain Sidney Crosby. Matt Murray didn’t have to come up big, his team gave him 7 goals to work with, so he didn’t need to play an outstanding game. Murray did hold up, though, as he didn’t allow a goal in the 7-0 win.
So, everything that could have went right for the Penguins did, and everything that could have went wrong for the Flyers ended up going wrong. The Flyers did a good job getting in the playoffs, but Game 1 it looked like they were just gassed from fighting for that spot for a month. They’ll need to find a way to win in Pittsburgh to win this series. The way they played in the last outing, there isn’t much confidence they can win one game. Head below for our free Flyers vs. Penguins Game 2 pick.
Philadelphia Flyers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins Game 2 Pick
While the Penguins hammered the Flyers in Game 1, their rivals, the Washington Capitals, lost their opener against the Columbus Blue Jackets. It’s only two games, but that pretty well sums up the difference between the Penguins and the Capitals in the playoffs in the Crosby-Ovechkin era. For the Penguins, there isn’t much they could do better from Game 1, it even included a Sidney Crosby hat trick.
Their offence was on fire, as has been the case recently for the Penguins. They’ve averaged 4.1 goals per game in their last ten outings. Putting up goals on the Flyers isn’t anything new for the Pens, either. Before Game 1, the Pens scored 5 goals in each of their last four meetings. Combined with last night, they’ve averaged 5.4 goals per game in the last five tilts against the Flyers.
I think the Flyers can start forgetting about trying to contain this offence. No one has shown the ability to do it lately, and historically of late, the Flyers have had no answers for this roster. In other words, it’s probably time Philadelphia goes all-in on the offensive side. They’re not going to slow the Penguin offence down, so their best chance of extending this series long is to put all of their eggs in one basket and embrace the track meets. I wouldn’t have been surprised if we saw the total had a hook added to it from last game. However, it’s still 6 for Game 2, at least at the moment. Pittsburgh should be able to find more offensive output tonight, while the Flyers get something going after a dormant showing in Game 1. 5-3 or 5-2 looks about right.