Flyers visit Penguins for final round of “Battle of Pennsylvania”

Posted: March 27, 2010 in Flyers

The Philadelphia Flyers are heading into Pittsburgh to take on the Penguins in the final installment of the “Battle of Pennsylvania.”

The Penguins have been jockeying back and forth with the New Jersey Devils for first place in the Atlantic Division.

As for the Flyers, it’s been a completely different story. Their “March to the Playoffs” has become more of a limp into the playoffs.

Ravaged by injuries (most notably Goaltenders Ray Emery and Michael Leighton and Center Jeff Carter), the Flyers have dropped four straight games and have found themselves spiraling out of the playoff race and are desperately trying to right the ship before it’s too late.

Starting in goal for the Flyers against the Penguins will be Phantoms goalie Johan Backlund. This won’t be Backlund’s first time facing NHL action, but it’s been quite a long time since he has been with the Flyers.

This gives Brian Boucher some rest after four not-so-great starts (although the blown two goal lead against Minnesota on Thursday was not necessarily Boucher’s fault (even though he should have made the save on Martin Havlat’s goal that made it 3-2. (Even CSN Philly Flyers insider Tim Panaccio noted that Boucher looked uncomfortable in goal at some points.)

The games don’t get a lot easier for the Flyers (their next game is in New Jersey against the Devils). This stretch run will make or break their season. We’ll have to see how it goes.

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