This was in the past of course, and they have played already this season, but this image will live on in Pittsburgh Penguin lore for a very long time. And I am pretty sure Philadelphia fans have not forgotten it either.
Talbot and Jagr come home to where they both made their NHL debut to take on the Penguins. Jagr is having a great season so far, especially when you consider his age. He is surrounded by lots of talent and so far, the success they are having is probably controlling that famous Jagr Attitude which Penguin fans got another taste of the other day. During an interview at the Ice Castle Ice Rink in Pittsburgh where the Flyers were practicing, Jagr was answering a series of questions from some local reporters. He was asked:(link and quote from csnphilly.com)
Reporter: “How do you feel you fit in with the Flyers”?
Jagr: ”I don’t know, you tell me,” He replied. “What do you think? I don’t know. I can’t talk about myself. You ask somebody else.”
This answer surprised many after he said he felt he fit in well with Giroux and had chemistry with him. He was never a self promoter per say, but he never let anyone forget how good he was and how important he was.
This to me was nothing to get alarmed about, but it was a typical Jaromir, and another reason I am happy he did not come back to the Pens. As for Talbot, he is excited and nervous. He hopes that he will get a nice ovation, and that there will not be too many boo’s. Pittsburgh fans will cheer him before the game, and have no trouble Jeering him during the game. What else does he expect.
The Flyers come into tonight playing 1-3-1 in their last 5 games though they won the previous 5 games prior to this stretch. That 5 game winning streak coincidentally came while Grioux was playing before he got his concussion. He has since come back, and is playing well.
The Penguins come into tonight, as healthy as they have been and will be for a while. Martin is the only player that will be back in the lineup soon, other than him, most of the other players on the Injured list, are there and going to be there for a while because of varying injuries including many with concussion or head injuries. They also come in playing well and on a 4 game winning streak. Just coming off a 52 shot night against a struggling Carolina team, this Penguins team should be primed and ready for tonight’s game. The atmosphere really should be intense tonight, and one of those games you really can not miss.
There was an optional skate for some this morning, so I am not including the line pairings like normal. Malkin, Sullivan and Asham were not on the ice during morning skate. I will update if anyone is ruled out prior to the game. None of these players were considered injured or ailing from anything prior to the skate.