The NHL recently announced that the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers will participate in the second “Battle of Pennsylvania, outside” which will take place on February 23 2019. The game will be played at Lincoln Financial Field, the home of the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles.
With the Penguins winning the last two Stanley Cups, NHL odds for the season have them winning the championship for the third consecutive year.
The first Battle for Pennsylvania was played in front of 67,000 fans at Heinz Field, the home of the Pittsburgh Steelers, earlier this year. The Penguins won the game 4-2.
This will be the fourth time the Flyers have played outdoors, and the fifth time the Penguins have done it since the NHL started playing outdoor games.
The NHL recently received some backlash when they announced that the Chicago Blackhawks will play in the Winter Classic again in 2019.
The biggest complaint most fans had about the announcement was that the Blackhawks would have played in more outdoor games than any other team, and the fans would like to see other teams being given a chance.
Despite the complaints, the NHL has made no plans to change the team that will participate in the event because the Blackhawks are one of the most popular teams in the league and play in one of the biggest media markets in the country.
In the case of the Flyers and Penguins, the league hasn’t received a lot of complaints about the planned game because it is one of the biggest rivalry games in the NHL, which means there will be a lot of people interested in watching the two teams play.
The fact that the Penguins are also two-time defending champions also makes this an easier sell for the league.
Since the Penguins and Flyers joined the NHL in 1967, both teams have played each other 281 times in the regular season. Despite the Penguins being the more successful franchise, the Flyers hold a 344-233 edge in points.
During the playoffs, the teams have gone up against each other six times, and the Flyers have won four of the six series, including their most recent meeting in 2012.
When the announcement was made, Philadelphia Flyers president, Paul Holmgren said the franchise was happy to host the event at Lincoln Financial Field, and proud to showcase the teams, city, and fans to the rest of the world.
Penguins’ president David Morehouse added that he was pleased his team would be participating in the event and thinks it will be a great atmosphere.
Hockey fans should be excited about both teams playing in the home and home series because they get to watch a real rivalry game between teams that genuinely don’t like each other being played outdoors, which should make for some great theater.
The fact that both teams have a lot of talent and will likely be very good when they meet makes it even better because the game could have significant playoff implications, which would make it an even bigger game than it currently is.