We already wrote about the importance for the Philadelphia Flyers of tonight’s home game against rival Pittsburgh, but just to add to that, following are a few quotes from various key figures:
Per NHL.com, Penguins coach Dan Bylsma: “I don’t look at the Flyers’ record as an indication of the quality of opponent or what we’re going to see [Thursday] at all. They do have some injuries, but they have key players in, good players in, a special teams that is good and dangerous with what they bring. That’s what we expect from them. Especially early on in the season, when you get off to a 1-3, 1-4, whatever it is, the limelight is on you but I still think they’re a very good team and that’s what we’re focused on, not what their record is.”
Per CSN Philly, Pens captain Sidney Crosby: “You have to prepare even more for a desperate team. You don’t look at the record. You switch scenarios and they could have won five in a row. It doesn’t matter. They are going to come into this desperate. They always start well here.”
Again from CSN Philly, Flyers captain Claude Giroux: “What’s going on right now makes me think of when we played Boston in the  playoffs. We were down 3-0, but we were talking to ourselves and we were like, ‘How the hell are we down 3-0? We should be up 3-0.’ We just stayed with it and came back and won the series.”
That last comment from Giroux, who has just two assists in seven games, was particularly interesting. The Flyers did play a better game Tuesday against Vancouver, but some bad luck…
…and at least one instance of poor defending…
…resulted in a 3-2 loss.