When Do the Philadelphia Flyers® and the Pittsburgh Penguins® Play Next?
Are the Philadelphia Flyers® and Pittsburgh Penguins® Rivals?
Yes, the Philadelphia Flyers® and the Pittsburgh Penguins® have an intense rivalry called “The Battle of Pennsylvania.” This rivalry is rooted in both divisional and geographical contention, with both teams being part of the NHL®’s Eastern Conference Metropolitan Division, as well as being located in Pennsylvania. To further the rivalry, these two teams have met in the Stanley Cup® Playoffs four times since 2008.
Who Are the Biggest Rivals of the Philadelphia Flyers®?
The biggest rivals of the Philadelphia Flyers® are divisional opponents the Pittsburgh Penguins®, the Washington Capitals® and the New Jersey Devils®. The Flyers also have an intense rivalry with the New York Rangers®, dubbed “Broad Street vs. Broadway,” and the Boston Bruins® for their ’70s contests between the “Big Bad Bruins” and the “Broad Street Bullies.”
Who are the Biggest Rivals of the Pittsburgh Penguins®?
The Pittsburgh Penguins® have a strong divisional rivalry with the Philadelphia Flyers®, the Columbus Blue Jackets®, the New York Rangers®, and the New York Islanders®. The Penguins also have an intense rivalry with the Detroit Red Wings®, having lost to them in the 2008 Stanley Cup® Finals and then defeating them in the 2009 Stanley Cup® Finals.
Philadelphia Flyers® vs. Pittsburgh Penguins® Series History
The “Battle of Pennsylvania” began back in 1967, with the flyers winning 1-0. Since then, the two teams have faced off 345 times in the regular season with Philadelphia leading the series 184-118-30-13. The two teams have also met in the playoffs seven times in their history, with the Flyers leading the postseason with a 21-20 record.
The following were the winners of the historic playoff games between the Penguins and the Flyers:
- 1989: Flyers in the Divisional Finals 4-1
- 1997: Flyers in the Conference Quarter Finals 4-1
- 2000: Flyers in the Conference Semifinals 4-2
- 2008: Penguins in the Conference Finals 4-1
- 2009: Penguins in the Conference Quarterfinals 4-2
- 2012: Flyers in the Conference Quarterfinals 4-2
- 2018: Penguins in the Conference Quarterfinals 4-2
The Flyers vs. Penguins rivalry was not as competitive in the early years, with the Flyers dominating in the ’70s with back-to-back Stanley Cup® Championships from 1974–75. This all changed when Mario Lemieux revitalized the Penguins after he joined the team in 1984. The Flyers and Penguins first met in the 1989 playoffs where the Flyers upset the heavy favorite and Lemieux-backed Penguins in the Divisional Finals. The Penguins would go on to win the 1991 and 1992 Stanley Cup® Finals. Along with the recent playoff matches, the rivalry has continued to burn with memorable moments like a screaming match between Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette and Penguins assistant coach Tony Granato after a late-game hit during a game in the 2011–2012 season, or when beloved Penguins player, Max Talbot, left Pittsburgh to join the Flyers in 2011.
Where Do the Pittsburgh Penguins® and Philadelphia Flyers® Play?
The Pittsburgh Penguins® play at the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Penguins’ home became the PPG Paints Arena after it opened in 2010, replacing their previous arena, the Civic Arena, which was the Penguins’ home from 1967–2010.
The Philadelphia Flyers® play at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Flyers have played at Wells Fargo Center on Broad Street since 1996 and have been on Broad Street their entire lifespan, with their previous home arena being the Spectrum on Broad Street from 1967–1996.
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