Penguins expect emotions to be high vs. Flyers

Penguins expect emotions to be high vs. Flyers

February 20, 2013, 3:15 pm
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PITTSBURGH – Penguins defenseman Kris Letang always looks forward to games against the Flyers.
 
The game always provides him with a little something extra.
 
“Every time you play against them, it is a rivalry where you know there will be a lot of emotion in the stands and around the team. It’s always fun to play against them.
 
“I don’t they are different [from earlier]. They are a really good team. You have to be aware of them. They have a lot of talent and they are getting great goaltending right now, too.”
 
These two teams began the season on NBC with a very competitive effort. The Flyers lost 3-1, but couldn’t feel bad for having played very well.
 
“Game 1, coming out of the lockout, everyone was trying to get a feel for the game,” recalled James Neal, who leads the Penguins with 11 goals.
 
“Everyone was looking to get their timing back. It’s definitely a lot different now. Both teams have had a lot of games to get going. I think you will see two different teams face off tonight [than from the last game].
 
“They are struggling a bit, but they had a big game the other night against the Islanders and they are coming into our building pretty confident. In the past, they have had some pretty good success here. We need to make this a tough building for them to come into.”
 
The Flyers are 5-1 at Consol Energy Center.
 
Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said his players have to be wary of not letting down against the Flyers just because they’ve been inconsistent.
 
“Obviously, they have not been on the winning side of things as much as they would anticipate,” he said. “They’ve had some injuries. But I know they are coming off a 7-0 win. They’re looking at this game to get back on the better side of things and to do it in Pittsburgh.
 
“We know the past history – it’s a rivalry game ... I’m not looking so much at their record but as this is the Philadelphia Flyers we’re facing.”