One of the most heated rivalries in all of sports picks back up this weekend as the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins clash in a home-and-home battle that begins Saturday afternoon in Philadelphia.
The Flyers haven’t played since Tuesday night and will be looking to use the few days off to get healthier.
Zac Rinaldo, who was replaced in Tuesday’s lineup by Chris VandeVelde due to an upper-body injury, will play Saturday against Pittsburgh.
Rinaldo’s presence is a boost but the Flyers are going to need solid goaltending against the Penguins’ offensive weapons that include Olympians Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Chris Kunitz along with other snipers such as James Neal and Jussi Jokinen.
It looks like they might be getting goaltender Ray Emery back for the weekend series. Emery will likely return from his lower-body injury to start one of the two games against Pittsburgh according to Sam Carchidi of The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Emery’s return is crucial for the Flyers who have been forced to start Steve Mason in every game since returning from the Olympic break. Giving Mason a breather is a necessity especially as the Flyers gear up for the stretch run.
The only thing now is Emery needs to play solid hockey because the Flyers cannot afford to leave any points on the table.