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Philadelphia Flyers could be in for a long series against Pittsburgh Penguins

Philadelphia Flyers could be in for a long series against Pittsburgh Penguins

In June 2017, the Golden Knights were given odds of 200:1 to win the Stanley Cup with their odds to reach the playoffs being a bit better.

Playing a contact sport every two days for two months is both mentally and physically draining. "We would expect that they would respond appropriately".

It certainly looks like it.

Mark Schiefele, with a power-play goal, and Patrik Laine also scored for Winnipeg, and Connor Hellebuyck made 18 saves. With Vegas in its first year, most people expected them to finish dead last and continue a rebuild in order to be a really good team in the future. Is a rivalry still a rivalry in a league that has made a concerted effort against over-the-top hits and where fighting is truly a rare sight? Grant had a career-high 24 points (12g, 12a) in 66 games for Anaheim. That's impressive, and they can thank Nathan MacKinnon more than anyone.

Philadelphia opted to try Giroux on the wing this season, and it paid immediate dividends, as the captain recorded a personal-best 102 points and should earn some consideration for the Hart. "They were the better team".

The Pittsburgh Penguins are reminding the entire National Hockey League why they are the defending two-time Stanley Cup champions. They wanted to make sure that those were the matchups in the playoffs. Pittsburgh finished second in the Metropolitan Division standings, while Philadelphia finished two points behind in third.

This could be the most intense Winnipeg whiteout we've ever witnessed.

MSU has had a Stanley Cup victor in seven of the last 12 seasons.

The Minnesota Wild have a gaping hole to fill with Ryan Suter out of the lineup with a fractured ankle.

Look, the Flyers probably can't play much worse and the Penguins can't play much better.

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If the giant Marc-Andre Fleury chocolate statue is any indication: SO LIT. At the end of the night, the only two players who didn't have a negative plus-minus rating were Oskar Lindblom and Travis Sanheim, both rookies. Same goes for Dustin Brown.

They've got some youth on their team, but those three are still counted on heavily.

Playoff jerseys are worn in no more than three rounds, through the Conference Finals. Well, this year they're going to be heading back to the Finals but not against the Penguins.

Evander Kane, however, might have been the biggest beneficiary after being dealt by eventual last-place Buffalo to San Jose on February 26. Last year's playoffs were a disaster for Elliott and they started that way in this game.

Jumbo Joe hasn't played since January, and the Sharks are 19-13-3 without him.

Holtby started all four of the regular-season meetings with Columbus, as he let in 11 goals, including four in the last game between the two sides February 26. Konecny had 20 goals in his 41 games on that line in the regular season. With 51 wins in the regular season, the Golden Knights won the Pacific Division and a date with the Los Angeles Kings in Round 1 of the playoffs.

When Predators players think about those Ducks series and other tense ones over the past several years, they know there haven't been a lot of fights - and they're not alone.

The reason for the Capitals' playoff disappointments in recent years has been the fact that they have to go through Pittsburgh in the second round. Pittsburgh' goaltender Matt Murray will need to return to playoff form as he has in the past, if the Penguins want another chance at the Cup.

The puck drops Wednesday night in three series, and so the NHL's death march to the Stanley Cup begins.

The reason it is such a debate is because the Flyers are once again in a position without a clear-cut No. 1 starter with Elliott, Michael Neurvith, and Mrazek all splitting the time this season, and all providing equal levels of mediocre play.


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