Originally posted on Buzz On Broad  |  Last updated 4/15/12

The Flyers return home today to face the Penguins in Game 3 of the NHL Quarterfinals.  The Flyers hold a 2-0 series lead, but the Pittsburgh Penguins are no push overs.  The press keeps insisting that we are in the Pens' heads, whether that is true or not, the Flyers can not let up.  Pittsburgh has too much talent to roll over and die, they will be bringing the house today.

The first two games of the series had everything a hockey fan wanted, tons of goals, good goaltending, and a lot of physical play.  In both games 1 and 2, there were exactly 74 hits, which totaled 148 hits.  Both clubs have to sleeping with ice bags.  

Here are some things to look for in Game 3:

  • Home Ice Advantage- In the postseason, the home team usually goes all out in the first ten minutes, if the Flyers could actually get a lead early...well I don't know, it never happens. 
  • Evgeni Malkin- Sean Couturier, when he's not scoring a hat-trick, has been shutting the Hart Memorial Trophy favorite down.  Nothing against Coots, but Malkin is just too good to be held off the score sheet.
  • Sidney Crosby- We all know the Flyers fans (including myself) will be chanting "Crosby Sucks", but he thrives on that, and he kills the Flyers.  Sid will certainly have his game face on today, especially because it's on NBC. 
  • Claude Giroux- G had 6 points on Friday night, (3 goals, 3 assists) no big deal. Giroux is this team's star, this year's playoffs will make him a superstar.
  • Ilya Bryzgalov- Although he let up 5 goals on Friday, he was one key reason why the Flyers were able to stay in the game.  Bryz has outplayed Marc-Andre Fleury, I think he continues that today.
  • Afternoon Games- The Flyers are just not good in afternoon games, that has to change today.

Puck drops at 3:00pm on NBC.  The Wells Fargo Center will be rocking as the building will be full of orange "Watcha Gonna Do" shirts.  

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