Penguins confident, but wary as they face risky Flyers

  • Penguins confident, but wary as they face risky Flyers

Penguins confident, but wary as they face risky Flyers

What a remarkable couple of seasons for the Pittsburgh Penguins. winning back to back titles in the salary cap era is such an wonderful accomplishment.

There are so many headlines heading into these playoffs: Will Washington finally overcome their playoff failures? Nico Hischier, Jesper Bratt, Will Butcher and Blake Coleman are all rookies, so obviously they never had a chance to make the playoffs.

There are few things better than a true rivalry to enhance a playoff series, and the Battle of Pennsylvania is one of the best in the league.

"They've got a good skating team all the way through the lineup".

The opening round of the 2012 playoffs was a goalie's nightmare, with 56 goals in six games.

And for all his downplaying of the numbers, Murray is well aware of what having his name on the Cup for a third time in as many years would mean to both himself and the rest of Pittsburgh's superstar-laden roster. Viewers were able to select their favorite winter sports and college basketball teams, and from there a tailored experience was surfaced in the Hulu product UI based on those preferences.

Rick Nash missed Boston's final 12 games with an upper body injury after being acquired in a trade with the Rangers. They do have the best GA/GP at home (2.17) and they can also score some goals (3.29, 11th). He has a 2.77 goals-against average, a.913 save percentage and is 19-6-1 since becoming a starter.

Anaheim Ducks-San Jose Sharks: Both teams have a great track record with deep playoff runs, with the Ducks getting to the conference finals in 2015 and 2017, while San Jose made the finals in 2016.

When it comes to a toss-up series like this, I'm going with the hotter goalie as Gibson can outduel San Jose's Martin Jones.

This might not be as easy as a series as it looks on paper considering the Lightning have the league's best offense.

I'm not sure lightning is ready to strike Lord Stanley's Cup, but these Bolts should have little trouble dispatching the New Jersey Devils in the first round.

While it is expected that Giroux will continue his MVP-like performance in this series - just as it is expected that Sean Couturier and Jake Voracek will be huge contributors - a problem could arise if Pens center Derick Brassard is fully healed from the groin injury that kept him out of the lineup for the final five games of the regular season. Vanek finished his nineteen game regular season with the Blue Jackets with a grand total of fifteen points; split nearly evenly between goals and assists with seven and eight respectively. Winger Artemi Panarin has a risky one-timer, and - by far - led his team in points with 82. This should be a slugfest, and Philly has juice, but outing such a speedy, savvy team like the Pens so early seems like too tall a task for a fringe contender. Jones is going to need to help his team steal one if they want to make it to the next round, which is completely possible.

Toronto is 3-1 in four games against the Bruins this season and Mike Babcock is one of the best coaches the game has ever seen.

After finishing the season 29th in the league on the penalty kill with a 75.8 penalty kill percentage, this could be where the Penguins hurt the Flyers most. Nashville is trying to get back to the finals. He could find a way to pull off this upset. This is his eighth straight season to make the playoffs.

Even if Murray's first full season as Pittsburgh's firmly established No. 1 goalie hardly felt like a holiday at times. Giroux, specifically, had the season of his life after endless setbacks, with 102 points.

If you click on over to SBR odds you will see for yourself that Tampa Bay is not so surprisingly favored to win the East at odds of +230.

Four players have reached 50 points for the Penguins, they are Evgeni Malkin (98) Phil Kessel (92), Sidney Crosby (89) and Kris Letang (51). Sidney Crosby put together yet another brilliant season. He led the National Hockey League in goals scored (49) for the sixth time in the last seven seasons, further adding to his Hall of Fame resume.

The Flyers couldn't have envisioned that the Devils were going to knock them off so easily in five games in the second round.