The 11-8-1 Pittsburgh Penguins are one of four teams in the eight-team MassMutual East Division to have a negative goal differential. Not coincidentally, the four teams in the red are currently the four teams that are out of the playoff seedings.
And, guess who the Pittsburgh Penguins immediately trail for a playoff spot? Yes, the Philadelphia Flyers, who will enjoy the lovely accommodations in Pittsburgh all week for a three-game set. There will even be 2800 (hopefully) screaming, stark raving, enthusiastic fans in attendance.
Oh, and during writing, the Penguins announced Sidney Crosby landed in the NHL COVD protocol; he could be on the list for a few days while a false-positive test is refuted, have come into brief contact with a positive person, or he could have COVID-19. The NHL does not specify the circumstances. PHN hopes for the best for all players.
The Penguins challenge just became even tougher.
But the Flyers served it to the Penguins in the first two games of the season. The fifth-place Penguins trail Philadelphia by two points in the East Division and Philadelphia has two games in hand and FIVE more wins in regulation.
The Flyers’ style of play and the matchups will be important as they meet six more times. The drums are beating in the background. The flags should go up.