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Flyers will meet hated Penguins in playoffs; can they contain Sidney Crosby?

12 April, 2018, 00:09 | Author: Carla Brady
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Game 3 - Jets at Wild, Sunday, April 15, 7 p.m. Corrects Spurgeon's position to defenseman.

Conversely, team star Nathan MacKinnon never showed up. With AP Photos.The Nashville Predators have the NHL's best record and the expansion Vegas Golden Knights have the buzz entering the Western Conference playoffs.

Winning in the regular season is one thing, and finding success in the postseason against a veteran team like the Los Angeles Kings is another story. The playoffs begin Wednesday.

"A lot of times you see a lot of other guys turn the other cheek in a playoff series", Boyle said.

Central Division champion Nashville Predators (53-18-11, 117) vs.

"It was awesome", then-Penguins general manager Ray Shero said.

Based on the excitement of the rivalry and abundance of superstars on both sides, this Penguins-Flyers rematch should easily be one of the most entertaining series of the opening round, it just appears Philadelphia will have to battle the misfortune of pulling one of a handful of teams that can match or overpower its offensive abilities. Anaheim has plenty of momentum to ride from their late-season play, while San Jose stumbled down the stretch.

"It's worked I think for the most part as we anticipated it would work", Daly said. "For me, this group is looking down the tunnel at something, and all that other stuff is noise". They'll be taking on a Kings team that is defensively sound, allowing the fewest goals in the league and has a championship core that won a pair of Cups in 2012 and 2014.

"Anything can happen in the playoffs".

"It's no secret that what we did previous year hadn't been done in quite some time", Murray said, per Mike Zeisberger of NHL.com. 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. Kessel has 34 goals and 58 assists to his name and has recorded a point in 56 contests. That sense of urgency was on full display two years ago as he willed his team to the Cup Finals. They have a far better roster than Colorado does.

Had Matthews played in all 82 games, he would have landed in the range of 45 goals and 83 points, increases over last season, when he had 40 goals and 69 points in 82 games on the way to winning the Calder Trophy. Since 2008, the first year expected goal differential is available, no team appearing in the finals has ranked lower than 20th, with a majority finishing in the top 10.

Both the Sharks and Ducks hold top-five penalty-killing units this league, which puts an added amount of stress upon 5-on-5 play.

Hulu, which is jointly owned by The Walt Disney Company, 21st Century Fox, Comcast and Time Warner, announced that it will become an official National Hockey League partner for the entirety of the 2018 playoff season, streaming games across the NBC, NBC Sports Network (NBCSN), CNBC, USA Network and Golf Channels. "They are only lacking in playoff experience, which, when they get past Minnesota in the first round, they will get in a hurry".

Paul Stastny's trade-deadline addition provided the NHL's second-best offense with six 50-plus point producers.

"They are fast, tough and hungry and have a fantastic goalie in Connor Hellebuyck", Kelly told SportsLine. The Predators swept the season series 4-0 and outscored Colorado 17-8. Of all the playoff teams, they have scored the least amount of goals. Game 3 - Ducks at Sharks, Monday, April 16, 10:30 p.m. Goalie John Gibson went 21-7-3 in his final 31 decisions, but missed the final week and is listed day to day with an upper body injury. In the giddy aftermath, Fleury passed the Cup to Murray, in many ways a literal passing of the torch from one generation to the next.

Nashville over Anaheim in five games. He took a leave to be with his family following his father's death, but returned eager to get back to the rink that he's long considered a sanctuary.



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