The win is significant for the Pens for several reasons. Sunday marks only the second time the Penguins have beat the Flyers on home ice during the regular season in the three years they have played in Consol Energy Center. Typically the visiting team is successful in their match-ups.
The Penguins are also battling injuries, an issue with which they are all too familiar. Center Evgeni Malkin is battling an upper body injury; defenseman Kris Letang has been out with a lower body injury. Both players are not only top performers for the Penguins, but across the league.
This means the Pens have continued their win streak for eight games without Malkin, the league’s leading scorer last season. The success the Pens are having speaks to the depth of skill on the team.
For their potential 13th consecutive win, the Pens face the Montreal Canadiens, ranked right below them in the Eastern Conference. This should make for a great game as both teams have been doing well, the Canadiens going 7-2-1 in their last 10 games.
Good news for the Pens is that Letang has been cleared to play, but he probably won’t see his usual amount of ice time. Brenden Morrow, recently acquired from the Dallas Stars, will also play his first game as a Penguin.
If the Penguins win, and the Flyers lose against the New York Rangers, the Pens current streak will have more wins than the Flyers have over the entire season.