Yeah the head to head games make this interesting. Pens play the Rangers 2x and the Flyers 3x. Just looking at the schedule, with 2/4 games in April against Philly, the Pens and Flyers could play 9 times in April. Would be epic.
i understand peoples fascination with the head to heads, but there are 14 other games that if you arent keeping up, the head to heads are not as important.
lets not forget there are 14 other games....
They're huge, those are 4 pt games. Right now, if they Pens win and the Rangers lose, we gain 2 points back on them. If the Rangers win a head to head, we need 2 games for each team to go perfect (Pens win, Rangers lose) to get that result. That's 3 games right there. Throwing in the fact that we need to make up 3+ regulation games on them already, you run out of games pretty quickly in that scenario.
I doubt it, it is a lot of ground to make up in a short period of time. Can I say that I do not care though?
Sure, would be a nice story, but the whole playoff matchup thing always makes me wary, anything can and does happen in the playoffs. So that I could care less about. And getting your nose dirty early on, like a likely playoff series with the Flyers would do, would get the Pens into the playoff mood right off the bat. Bring on the Flyers and have the Pens focused instead of some supposed pushover that will turn out to be anything but.
Give me a healthy motivated Crosby along with a healthy rest of the team which has been playing pretty well without him, and the route we take into and through the playoffs does not matter at all to me.