Penguins Go In As 'Favourites' As 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs Begin

  • Penguins Go In As 'Favourites' As 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs Begin

Penguins Go In As 'Favourites' As 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs Begin

Pittsburgh took a 1-0 series lead with Game 2 Friday night in Pittsburgh.

Averaging 26.3 saves per game with a.908 save percentage, Matt Murray (30 wins, 20 losses, and three OT losses) has been the best option in goal for Pittsburgh this season. "They get opportunities. For us, it's a matter of limiting those chances and doing a good job of letting Brian see the puck".

Giroux had never scored more than 93 points in any season and had been on a downward trend since 2013-14 when he scored 86 points.

Claude Giroux (34 goals, 68 assists) has been one of the primary offensive facilitators for the visiting Flyers.

Video: How will the Flyers-Penguins series go?

Since the start of March, Grubauer conceded 23 goals and recorded a pair of shutouts, while Holtby let in 21 goals in two fewer games.

Could they pick it up in that area in the playoffs? Mark Schiefele also scored and Connor Hellebuyck stopped 18 shots for the Jets, who host Game 2 on Friday.

Philadelphia created some attack time early in the second, but Murray was there to gobble up every rebound, looking like the guy who helped the Penguins to back-to-back titles with his calm style of goaltending.

In order to get there, the Penguins will have to beat a veteran Philadelphia Flyers team.

This should be the highest scoring series of the first round, and we see the Flyers handling the favored Penguins without going into a panic. The battle for Pennsylvania will be one of the most entertaining series. 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. Well, at least the finish was overwhelming, and it was thrilling from a Boston point of view while it was brutal from Toronto's perspective. The Penguins are 8-1 in their last nine Eastern Conference quarterfinal games. Well, that offense was a complete no-show as they were blanked in game one by a score of 7-0. Malkin scored a goal.

It didn't take long for Bergeron to score the victor in overtime, and ruin the hopes of long-suffering Toronto fans.

"Since we launched our live TV package, we've seen live sports drive a very large part of our growth, so we are especially excited to team up with the National Hockey League to celebrate the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs - an event we know our viewers will be watching", said Patrizio Spagnoletto, head of Media and Subscriber Growth at Hulu. David Pastrnak, Charlie McAvoy, Jake DeBrusk and Danton Heinen are among the youngsters that the Leafs will have to contend with.

The two x-factors in the series could be Rick Nash for the Bruins and Patrick Marleau for the Leafs.

Hopes are high in the Washington Capitals outlasted a stacked Metro Division to take the top spot, but Rocket Richard Trophy victor Alex Ovechkin and his Washington cohorts drew a tough Columbus Blue Jackets team that enters the playoffs after finishing the regular season on a 10-2-2 run. On Wednesday, their power play was the worst it has looked in any game this season.They had four power plays and zero shots. Over is 6-0 in the last 6 meetings and Flyers are 0-5 in the last 5 meetings and Flyers are 1-6 in the last 7 meetings in Pittsburgh. Last season, the Nashville Predators swept the top-seeded Chicago Blackhawks in the first-round.

Winnipeg Jets over Minnesota wild in 4 - Jets have star power in Wheeler and Laine, while Wild injured.

Here is the first of our daily playoff power ratings.

We often think, Wow, it's nearly like Sidney Crosby is playing another sport . Hakstol indicated after the game that he is leaning toward Elliott starting Game 2, although everything is always subject to change so keep an eye on any official information today.