From hometown rivalries to new faces, there's a lot to pay attention to this playoff season.
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 finished with four power plays and no shots on any of them. Which of the two bitter rivals will go home on Wednesday with a hard-fought win? Although they once again won the Metropolitan Division title, they are no longer favored to win the Stanley Cup, which can actually work in their favor, now that the pressure is off of them.
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. The Flyers also went 6-1-3 in their last 10 games, and they enter the postseason on a two-game winning streak.
If not for that play by Murray, the game is tied at 1-1.
We're using the power of EA Sports' NHL 18 to see who will win the Cup this year. The team that led the National Hockey League in points the past two years, the Washington Capitals, lost in the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs in each. The Jets also have one of the best goaltenders this year in Connor Hellebuyck and a young high scoring offense which makes them a prime candidate to win the Stanley Cup. The past four playoffs have included a total of 39 fights.
"If somebody told me at the beginning of the year that the Knights game would be very comparable to the handle that we see for the National Football League games, I probably would have just died laughing".
We are expecting another seven-game series, and perhaps more heartbreak for the Leafs and their fans, as Bergeron either scores or sets up the series-decider in over time. With the playoffs being a different playing scenario, Holtby probably is the better option to start over Grubauer even with Holtby's struggles after the all-star break.
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The Flyers' No. 1 line - Couturier centering Claude Giroux and Michael Raffl - was a combined minus-11. Giroux was a significant contributor for the Flyers this season with 34 goals and 102 points in 82 games. "I think personnel has changed".
The Avalanche, however could be a surprise team if Nathan MacKinnon can take over the playoffs and backup Jonathon Bernier can play steady enough to right the ship. Crosby recalls more fights between the teams in the past - he was involved in two six years ago in the game he swatted Voracek's glove away - but doesn't want to downplay the intensity of this rivalry.
Well, you know, the Jets 2.0. The Washington Capitals are never on their game in the playoffs, even with their stacked lineup.
"Those things last forever, really", Carlson said.
A dagger came midway through the second on another Penguin power play, as Jake Guentzel converted with a man advantage to make it 4-0, and Sidney Crosby got in on the action too seconds later to up things to 5-0. Where is the fun if everyone likes each other?
PHILADELPHIA FLYERS How They Win: Dating back to his University of North Dakota days, coach Dave Hakstol has always gotten better results in the second half of the season. "They wanted those rivalries".
Could they pick it up in that area in the playoffs?