NHL Playoff Preview: Can the Penguins Win Another Stanley Cup?

Apr 15, 2018, 00:55
NHL Playoff Preview: Can the Penguins Win Another Stanley Cup?

In single game, the tension is palpable, as any sort of mistake or stroke of luck can lead to agony or joy. They have a couple of players I haven't seen (Joe Ingles) or seen very much (Donovan Mitchell), and I sometimes enjoy Ricky Rubio. Is THIS the Caps' year?

16 teams begin their quest in hopes to raise Lord Stanley's Cup as the playoffs begin tonight.

Earlier today there was a preview for the Western Conference posted on theorion.com, now we will be looking at the Eastern Conference. The top defenseman Cam Fowler will likely miss this series with a shoulder injury, and Gibson's status is in question after he missed the last three games of the regular season.

"You look at everything Nashville has done, they never messed with the roster integrity that was created at the beginning of the year by David Poile and Paul Fenton", McGuire said, referring to Predators management.

On a night already filled with history, the Vegas Golden Knights made just a little bit more.

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"The best thing about majority are is the proximity to where they live, the close ones, but I think it needs a good playoff (series) against that individual team to create the rivalry full hand", Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said. However, although they have been successful, they will be challenged in the first round when they face off against a Los Angeles Kings team that counters all their strengths. They're also one of the best faceoff teams in the National Hockey League, giving them an advantage on set plays. That means a first-time-this-year glimpse at the Winnipeg Jets and Patrik Laine; the Preds and/or Lightning every other night (Tampa is my second favorite team, BTW); and a chance to ignore some of the Eastern Conference teams that I've seen so often.

Six years later, it would be foolish to expect the same sort of goonery, but don't be surprised if the Pens and Flyers engage in another constantly entertaining, offense-friendly battle.

"If that goes in, it's 1-1 and maybe we're talking about a different result", Crosby said. It will happen Thursday, when the Sharks open their Pacific Division first-round series at Anaheim. Players will take their game to another level and every game becomes a "must win".

Well, you know, the Jets 2.0.

Many are calling the series between the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins the must-watch series of the first round.

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The 7-0 rout by the Penguins over Philadelphia in Game 1 was highlighted by a natural hat trick from center Sidney Crosby.

For proof, look no further than the most recent names etched on hockey's most coveted chalice. But the Predators screwed around and won the Presidents Cup for having the NHL's best record, just about as big a jinx as you can have. Meanwhile, the Toronto Maple Leafs are lead by a three-headed monster of youth.

Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 28 shots for the 63rd win and 11th shutout in his postseason career. The two wild cards are Columbus Blue Jackets and New Jersey Devils. Pittsburgh and Philadelphia finished second and third, respectively in the Metropolitan Division, separated by just two points in the standings. "With the course of the regular season, you're just trying to build your team identity and trying to find out the way you want to play it, but when it comes to playoff time, you've just got to play that much harder". And the bragging rights, owned by the Penguins right now, will definitely be fresh in the Flyers players and fans minds.

Giroux started percolating again this season, and got plenty of help from Jakub Voracek with 85 points and Sean Couturier with 76 points.

Crosby scored three straight goals, two deflections and a rebound, including a pair in the third period to reinforce the message as the Penguins trounced the Philadelphia Flyers 7-0 at PPG Paints Arena.

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