Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Philadelphia Flyers: In-Depth Preview and Prediction

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Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Philadelphia Flyers: In-Depth Preview and Prediction
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As if the end of the NHL lockout and delayed start to the hockey season wasn’t enough to excite any fan of the sport, the 2013 season will open with the intense rivalry between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers.

Their six-game series highlighted the first round of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs. The Flyers ended up serving the favorite Penguins an early postseason exit, only to be eliminated by the New Jersey Devils in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

Neither team had a particularly stellar performance in the playoffs—especially Pittsburgh. Both sides are sure to have that in mind as they try and start off the abbreviated season on a strong note.

That said, let’s take a look at each aspect of Saturday’s huge game.

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