Maybe the Flyers meant to play their worst game this season, make a ton of mistakes, lure the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins into a false sense that they're light years better than the Flyers. Philadelphia's power play went 0 for 4 and didn't even generate a shot.
This series will not be short, as it is hard to find an area where one team dominates the other. Winnipeg finished 52-20-10, second in the Western Conference's Central division to Nashville, last year's Stanley Cup runner-up.
The Golden Knights have had a storybook inaugural season, becoming the most successful expansion team in all of pro sports.
Lots of optimistic Golden Knights fans bet on the team to win the Stanley Cup before the season started, when odds were about 200-1. Enter Crosby, who reached out and swatted it like a tennis player sending a two-handed backhand down the line. With the playoffs set to be underway today, here are some predictions that I have for the 2018 #Nhl Playoffs.
Any skepticism surrounding hockey in Las Vegas was squashed by the Knights (51-24-7), who shattered the record for points by a team in its inaugural season and stayed atop a deep division from December 23 onward. In 159 career playoff games (he has started all of them), Holtby has a GAA of 2.00 and a save percentage of.932. "But they always show up for playoff time, so I regretfully say that I think they could win a third [Stanley Cup]".
That leaves Mrazek as the only other potential option for the time being. With Holtby not starting, I would expect Panarin, Atkinson, Jones, Bobrovsky and Co.to take advantage of that and come away with the series win which will make the Capitals regret not starting Holtby tonight.
There should be no shortage of goals in this series considering the defensive shortcomings for both teams.
While it would be fun to see the Colorado Avalanche beat the Nashville Predators in the first round, that might be the most unlikely victory of the entire first round. That partially explains how his Flyers went on a stunning run in February after slogging through a 10-game losing streak late in 2017.
Be sure to check in shortly to see the preview for the Eastern Conference.
Pittsburgh's biggest advantage is it can spread Crosby, Malkin, and Kessel on three different lines, and have them join forces for one hell of a power play.
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In addition to predicting a Smythe Trophy (playoffs MVP) for Laine, the simulation calls for him to score 15 goals and tally 24 points overall.
"Right now my first instinct is yeah", Hakstol said.
If Vegas struggles, it could be because of team chemistry. More importantly, the team has a healthy Kris Letang once again.
They begin with two intriguing games for people in this area.
The Golden Knights are facing the Kings, who are a wild card team, in the first round of the playoffs.
The Flyers were 0-for-4 on the power play.
Here is the first of our daily playoff power ratings.
Last season, the Predators lost in the Finals to the Penguins. 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. Both the Lightning and the Preds have very good goalies as the Lightning have Andrei Vasilevskiy in the net while the Preds have Pekka Rinne.
The Columbus Blue Jackets might have the best shot at an upset. They were buoyed by career seasons from defenseman Drew Doughty; Anze Kopitar, the team's current captain; and Dustin Brown, the team's former captain who had been in sharp decline.