Flyers Set To Open Playoffs In Pittsburgh

Matt Leon
April 11, 2018 - 1:11 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- The Philadelphia Flyers are back in the playoffs.

After missing the postseason in 2017, the Orange and Black finished third in the Metropolitan Division to earn a first-round playoff match-up with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Flyers did not fare well against the Penguins during the regular season, going 0-2-2 against the two-time defending Stanley Cup champs.

This will be the first time these two rivals have met in the postseason since 2012 when the Flyers eliminated the Pens in six games in the first round. That also happens to be the last playoff series that the Flyers won.

A key in this series for the Flyers will be staying out of the penalty box because the Penguins had the best power play in the NHL during the regular season, converting 26.2% of the time with the man advantage. 

Claude Giroux is the leading scorer for the Flyers as he finished the regular season with 102 points.

Evgeni Malkin topped the Penguins during the regular season with 98 points.

KYW Newsradio's Matt Leon spoke with Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer to get a preview of this series.

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