PITTSBURGH _ Left winger Scott Hartnell said the Flyers are in the Penguins’ heads a little bit.
The reason he feels that way?
The Flyers are 6-1 at the Consol Energy Center since it opened two seasons ago.
Oh, and the Flyers have spotted the Penguins at least a two-goal lead in the teams’ last four meetings.
The Flyers have won three of those games, including Game 1 on Wednesday, when they overcame a 3-0 deficit and jolted Pittsburgh in overtime, 4-3.
"I don't buy into those statistics,” said Flyers coach Peter Laviolette, trying not to add fuel to the fire. “There's always statistics that pop up. I really don't buy into them that much. The Penguins have a good hockey team. They'll be ready to play. I don't think because there's a statistic one way or another that it really affects the game (on Friday). We’ve got to make sure that we show up and be ready to play.”
The Penguins will be a desperate team on Friday. Logic says they produce, say, a workmanlike 4-1 win.
Then again, the Flyers appear to be in their heads.
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