It appears the Flyers, despite a 7-0 loss Wednesday to the Penguins, will use the same lineup when the teams meet in Game 2 Friday in Pittsburgh.
The Flyers were one of the NHL's best teams over the last four months, but it looked like the Harlem Globetrotters vs. the Washington Generals.
The Flyers' young players will be asked to play a major role in their first-round playoff series against the two-time defending champion Penguins.
The Penguins downplayed the fact they won all four regular-season games against the Flyers, calling the playoffs a "different animal." Game 1 will be Wednesday night in Pittsburgh.
The Flyers failed to win any of the four games against the two-time defending champion Penguins this season, but were one of the NHL's best teams over the last four months.
The Flyers seemed on their way to a disastrous season in early December, but they rebounded and had the fifth-most points in the NHL over the last four months.
Flyers centers Nolan Patrick and Val Filppula will have tough defensive challenges, and how they handle them will play a key role in the playoff series against the Penguins.
"When you get the first crack, it's exciting," defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere says of playing the defending Stanley Cup champion.
For the Flyers to have a chance in their playoff series against the Penguins, they need the goalie to play as he did pre-injury.
To upset the Penguins, the Flyers must show drastic penalty-kill improvement from the regular season, when it allowed Pittsburgh five goals in 13 power-play chances.
The first-round playoff series between the Flyers and Penguins will start Wednesday in Pittsburgh.
The Flyers's win, coupled with losses by Columbus and New Jersey, means they will face Pittsburgh in the opening-round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Back in early December, only two NHL teams had fewer points than the Flyers. Since then, they have become one of the league's better teams, and they punched their playoff ticket.
Sparked by Claude Giroux's first career hat trick, the Flyers whipped the New York Rangers, 5-0, and clinched a berth in the Stanley Cup playoffs.