The first installment of the 2018-2019 'Battle of PA' gets underway when the struggling god awful Flyers (10-12-2) faceoff against the somewhat mediocre Penguins (10-9-5) . Puck drop is set for just after 7pm from PPG Paints Arena.
Folks, 99.97% of the time, we do not take anything we do on here, Facebook, or Twitter seriously. When the Penguins play the Flyers, it's a different story. Words cannot express how much we hate the Flyers and mainly the people of Philadelphia. In this game day, we hope to share with you our disdain for Philly sports, cheesesteaks, Wawa, and most importantly the cesspool that is better known as Philadelphia.
The Penguins are coming off a 6-3 loss to the Avalanche on Wednesday night. The game was actually very good until the last three minutes when the refs completely blew it and Tristan Jarry forgot he actually had to play goalie. The Penguins battled back from a 3-0 deficient thanks to Sidney Crosby's natural hat trick. Sid scored all three goals in just a span of just 5:35, making it the third fastest natural hat trick in franchise history.
On the other side of the state (the bad side), the god awful Flyers will play 10 of their next 14 games on the road. Generally we do not care about the Flyers as we're superior in every way shape and form, however, it is fun to follow their shortcomings and failures. This week, they canned their General Manager and former goaltender who tried to fight everyone, Ron Hextall. Hextall had been the GM since 2014. In addition to Hextall, the Flyers also fired assistant GM Chris Pryor and assistant coach Gord Murphy. I don't know much about their Head Coach Dave Hakstol, he's probably next and that makes me happy.
The Flyers currently do not have any form of goaltending whatsoever. Their usual starter Brian Elliott pretty much sucks and has faked an injury most of the year just so he doesn't have to play. Their backups have been Calvin Pickard, who has since been waived, Alex Lyon, Michal Neuvirth, and rookie Anthony Stolarz, who will get the start tonight.
While the Penguins like to make bad goaltenders look like Vezina candidates, I like their chances tonight. Speaking of their chances, there's a good chance Patric Hornqvist will return to the lineup. He's missed the last three games with a concussion. He's listed as a 'game-time' decision.
The Penguins claimed former Penguin J-S Dea off waivers from the Devils on Thursday. Dea kinda sucks but he's better than Matt Cullen and he's not a Devil anymore so good for him. He's been assigned to Wilkes-Barre.
Rocky is fake.
Gritty is the greatest mascot to ever walk the face of the earth.
Tanner Pearson was given a maintenance day yesterday but is expected to play tonight.
Casey DeSmith will start in goal for the Penguins.
If you're going to the game tonight, don't let Flyers forward Jori Lehtera try to sell you 'white powder.' It's coke, just walk away.
The Penguins have had 69 power play opportunities this season. #Nice.
I would rather get food at a Speedway than at Wawa.
To be honest, cheesesteaks are overrated.
Remember when Claude Giroux got arrested for grabbing a cop's ass?
Apparently there is a timetable for Matt Murray and Matt Cullen's return. Hopefully not anytime soon.
Sidney Crosby has 11 hat tricks over his career (Deeeeer God). His last prior to Wednesday's game was against the Flyers last year in Game One of First Round.
Jake Guentzel could score in his sleep against the Flyers.
The Eagles suck again and I'm happy.
Tom Wilson makes Radko Gudas look like Pope Benedict.
I do not like the Flyers.
At least they got rid of that scumbag Brandon Manning. He, like most of the team, was a trash bag on skates.
Speaking of scumbags, Tom Wilson killed some innocent guy on the Devils yesterday. It was totally late and unnecessary but the league isn't going to do anything about it. It's going to be unreal when someone dies on the rink because of him.