The Pittsburgh Penguins return home Monday at 7:30 p.m. to take on the rival Philadelphia Flyers at Mellon Arena.
The Penguins (7-6-2) have taken the first two battles from the Flyers (3-11-2) so far this season, including a 4-0 season-opening shutout on Oct. 5 at Mellon Arena and an 8-2 romp in Philadelphia on Oct. 28.
Monday’s game will be televised nationally on Versus at 7:30 p.m., while 105.9 The X will start its radio broadcast with a pregame show at 7 p.m. The broadcast may be found live through streaming audio on pittsburghpenguins.com as well. Tune in for Penguins Hotline following every game on 105.9 The X and the Penguins Radio Network. Join in the conversation with host Bob Grove by calling the Penn Telecom toll-free line at 1-866-922-2874.
“They are all big games. If we could stay out of the penalty box, that’d be a good thing,” Penguins coach Michel Therrien said. “We have to make sure we’re disciplined and play our game. We have to generate more offense. Right now, I think we’re having a hard time controlling the puck. When you don’t control the puck, you don’t control the game. We were a lot better Saturday than we were the last two games.
“I thought we had a decent performance Saturday, but we spent too much time in the penalty box. We played decent hockey – 5-on-5 we were a lot better.”
The contest also marks the fourth game in six days since the Penguins returned from their season-long, four-game roadtrip.
“It’s a really demanding schedule for us this week. Coming off that West Coast trip, it seems that we don’t have the same energy,” Therrien said. “[Monday] we’re going to have to play with desperation. They are going to have desperation, so we’re going to need it as well.”