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The home of the Penguins, Consol Energy Center, technically might be owned by the Sports and Exhibition Authority of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County, but don’t tell the Flyers that.
As far as they’re concerned, they own the House That Mario Built.
The Flyers are 7-2 all-time in the Penguins’ shiny new barn. This year, the Penguins are 3-3 on their home ice. Some have speculated that it is the docile home fans—a far cry from the rowdy and disorderly crowds of the Pens’ former home, Mellon Arena—that have kept the Penguins from enjoying a true home-ice advantage.
Possibly. Or maybe the Penguins simply need to play better in their own home. One surefire way to get the home crowd involved is to score early and score often, especially against the Flyers.
The Penguins and their fans need to make Consol Energy Center an uncomfortable place for opposing teams to play. There is no time like the present to take that first step.
Puck drops at 7:30 p.m. ET tonight.