April 1, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; The Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers fight against each other during the third period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Philadelphia Flyers won 6-4. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE
The Flyers and Penguins are set to get the NHL Playoffs underway in the most anticipated series of the first round.
The Stanley Cup playoffs are finally here.
There may not be a more anticipated series than this one. The Keystone State rivalry is one of the most heated in all of hockey. Just recently on April 1st the teams combined for 52 penalty minutes in the last 1:03 of the game thanks to a massive brawl in a 6-4 Philadelphia win.
Now, the teams reset and get ready to battle in a much tougher and more important setting.
Malkin is likely the Hart Trophy winner, scoring 50 goals and leading the NHL with 109 points. Don't forget about James Neal either, who scored 40 goals himself.
Philadelphia will likely look to out-gun the Penguins with their own firepower. Pittsburgh is the highest scoring team in the league, but the Flyers are right behind them ranking second.
Scott Hartnell has had a career year with 37 goals, while Claude Giroux has racked up 93 points including 28 goals as well. Wayne Simmonds and Matt Read need to play as they have all season, tallying 28 and 24 goals respectively.
Two ex-factors to keep an eye on are the former Penguins Jaromir Jagr and Maxime Talbot. Each had 19 goals this year and would love nothing more than to knock out Pittsburgh.
It will be a physical, high-scoring and fast paced series. The puck can't drop soon enough.
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
TV: NBC Sports Network