Preview: Flyers vs. Penguins (Game 3)

Updated: April 15, 2018 at 2:02 pm by Wes Herrmann

The Philadelphia Flyers and Pittburgh Penguins move their series to Philly Sunday for Game 3 at 3 p.m. as the teams look to take the series lead.

Last game, the Flyers surprised Pittsburgh by allowing six less goals than Game One and tying the series at one game apiece.

WATCH / LISTEN / FACE-OFF

TV: NBC

LISTEN: 97.5 The Fanatic

PUCK DROP: 3 P.M.

LINE COMBINATIONS (Courtesy of Daily Faceoff)

Philadelphia: Flyers Line Combinations

The Flyers only had an optional practice yesterday, but if coach Dave Hakstol didn’t change his lineup after a 7-1 beating, it’s safe to asume he won’t after a 5-1 win.

Claude Giroux – Sean Couturier – Michael Raffl

Oskar Lindblom – Nolan Patrick – Jake Voracek

Travis Konecny – Valtteri Filppula – Wayne Simmonds

Scott Laughton – Jori Lehtera – Matt Read

Ivan Provorov – Shayne Gostisbehere

Andrew MacDonald – Travis Sanheim

Brandon Manning – Radko Gudas

Brian Elliott

Pittsburgh: Penguins Line Combinations

The Penguins did have practice yesterday and the only missing participant was Kris Letang, who took the brunt of a bad collision with Claude Giroux. However, the Penguins’ Twitter account confirmed Letang was traveling to Philadelphia with the rest of the team and there were no other reported changes.

Jake Guentzel – Sidney Crosby – Bryan Rust

Carl Hagelin – Evgeni Malkin – Patric Hornqvist

Connor Sheary – Derrick Brassard – Phil Kessel

Tom Kuhnackl – Riley Sheahan – Zach Aston-Reese

Brian Dumoulin – Kris Letang

Olli Maata – Justin Schultz

Matt Hunwick – Jamie Oleskiak

Matt Murray

THREE STORYLINES TO WATCH

For the first time since Mike Sullivan took over behind the bench for the Penguins, the Flyers were able to get under the Pens’ skins last game. Patric Hornqvist punched a prone Nolan Patrick, Wayne Simmonds goaded Evgeni Malkin into a scrum after a whistle (though Simmonds ended up being the only player in the penalty box) and Sidney Crosby took to the media after the game to make his opinion known on the Giroux-Letang collision. Can Sullivan keep his players cool-headed as he’s done for the past two years? Or does he lose them like Dan Bylsma and Mike Johnston before him? The Flyers will need the latter to come true to keep winning.

The Flyers obviously had a much better defensive game on Saturday by keeping the Penguins’ shots to the outside and minimizing turnovers. The penalty kill was also very effective. But the Penguins did have chances — mainly from Crosby’s stick. He put a puck through the Flyers crease in the dying seconds of the second period on the man advantage and earlier had a breakaway that Elliott stopped. Don’t be fooled by the one goal the Flyers gave up. The Penguins are capable of more than that nine games out of ten.

Hakstol’s switch of Travis Konecny and Michael Raffl worked well last game. Sean Couturier scored at even strength with Raffl and Konecny had the crucial third goal of the game. Where the Flyers need help is the second line. Patrick has the tough task of going up against one of the Penguins’ top two centers, but the team needs some offense from that trio. Getting Voracek going at 5v5, who had 85 points in the regular season, wil help the team the most.

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