The Pittsburgh Penguins’ quarterfinal matchup between either the New York Rangers or Philadelphia Flyers is reportedly set to start on Friday at the CONSOL Energy Center – according to John Shannon of HockeyCentral on Sportsnet.
Can confirm both Flyers and Rangers have been told they get 48 hrs to prepare for G1 vs Pens. It goes Friday.
— John Shannon (@JSportsnet) April 30, 2014
Pittsburgh was able to wrap up their first-round series on Monday with a 4-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets, and will find out Wednesday night who they’ll draw in the second-round.
This will also give almost a week’s worth of time to heal Brandon Sutter and Joe Vitale, who both left Monday’s game with separate injuries – barring the severity of each ailments.
Due to the Flyers/Rangers’ series going the distance (seven games), being able to pull away with a Game 1 win is as important as ever for Pittsburgh. Playing at home, the Pens need to make a statement right from the start, and show that every error made in round one has been corrected.
The start time for Game 1 has yet to be determined.