TONIGHT’S FLYERS MAKE OR BREAK GAME 2: HERE’S THE SCENE SET!

By Julie Glass

Here’s the scene set for tonight’s Flyers-Pens game 2:

FLYERS (0-1) at Pittsburgh Penguins (1-0)

ROUND 1 – GAME 2: Pittsburgh leads series, 1-0

at PPG Paints Arena | Pittsburgh, PA

TIME: 7:00 p.m. | TV: NBCSP | RADIO: 93.3 WMMR

1. ROAD REBOUND

The Flyers look to tie the series after suffering a shut out loss to the Penguins in Game 1… In the playoffs, the Flyers have a record of 20-18 in Game 2 after dropping Game 1, including a 5-2 record in Game 2 after suffering a shutout loss in Game 1… During the regular season, the Flyers were shut out six times and rebounded to win the next game on four of those occasions, posting a 4-1-1 record.

2. TWO GAMES UP

The Penguins look to go up 2-0 in a series for the 21st time in their history, owning a 20-12 mark in Game 2 when winning Game 1… In the six previous playoff series against each other, the two clubs have split Games 1 & 2 just once (1989) with their last five series the team winning Game 1 has won Game 2… The Pens own a 41-25 all-time record in Game 2’s including a 29-12 on home ice… Dating back to last year, the Penguins own a seven-game home winning streak in the playoffs and in the last two years, own a 20-7 mark on home ice in the postseason.

3. IN GAME 2

Historically, Claude Giroux has bounced back in Game 2’s, recording 14 points (5g-9a) in 11 Game 2’s, after posting just five points (2g-3a) in 11 Game 1’s… Valtteri Filppula has 22 points in 26 Game 2’s in his career… For the Penguins, Jake Guentzel had five goals and seven points and a +6 rating in Game 2’s in last year’s playoffs… Pens goaltender Matt Murray is 4-0 in Game 2’s in his career, posting a 1.24 goals-against average and a .952 save percentage… Sidney Crosby has 17 goals and 17 assists for 34 points in 26 career Game 2’s.

4. OT ANYONE?

The Flyers have gone 16 straight playoff games without going to overtime – their last playoff OT game came on May 3, 2012 in the ECSF vs. NJD… It is the longest playoff stretch since a 28-game span from May 7, 1985 to May 2, 1987… The Flyers led the NHL with 25 games going past regulation this season and did not go more than eight games this season without playing past regulation… The Penguins had 20 games go past regulation during the regular season, and in the last two playoff seasons, have had 11 games go into overtime.

5. PLAYERS TO WATCH:

FLYERS (D: #53 – Shayne Gostisbehere)

Gostisbehere led all players on both teams in shots on goal in Game 1 with five, while logging over 20 minutes of ice time (20:32), nearly five minutes of which were on the power-play (4:58)… He has not gone two straight games without a point in over a month span (since Mar. 10) recording 15 points (3g-12a) since Mar. 12… Gostisbehere also averages a point per-game in the regular season against the Pens with 12 points (3g-9a) in 12 games.

PENGUINS (C: #59 – Jake Guentzel)

As a rookie last year, Guentzel led all players in the playoffs with 13 goals, including five game-winning goals en route to the Stanley Cup, while his 21 points ranked fourth in the playoffs… He had a four-point night with a goal and three assists to go along with a +4 rating in Game 1, and during the regular season series, he had six points (2g-4a) and was a +5 in four games against the Flyers.

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