Another close matchup, but with the playoff experience Washington has, the final prediction: Washington Capitals win in 7 games. The two-time defending champion Penguins will host their bitter cross-state rival Flyers, the Wild and Jets will face off in the first Central Division post-season matchup, and the expansion Golden Knights will take on the Kings in their first playoff game in franchise history. Philadelphia does have some momentum as they come in having won four of their last five games, but they have a tall task ahead of them as they lost all four games against the Penguins this year. Not bad for a team whose odds of winning the Stanley Cup went against them 500-1 at the start of the season. According to ESPN, the Knights became the first National Hockey League team to earn a playoff berth in its first ever season since the Oilers and the Whalers in 1979-1980.
The Stanley Cup Playoffs have officially arrived.
Hall's last postseason outing was on May 23, 2010, when his junior team, the Windsor Spitfires, won back-to-back Memorial Cups.
This has to be the Tampa Bay Lightning. This puts even more pressure on Braden Holtby and Sergei Bobrovsky, who both need to play at otherworldly levels if they want their respective teams to make it past Round 1.
"He has probably been our best player all year", Matthews said.
Goalie Keith Kinkaid took over the starting job in late January when Cory Schneider suffered a groin injury. The Chicago Blackhawks are heading into one of their most intriguing summers in years after finishing with 33 wins and 76 points, their lowest totals since they went 31-42-9 during the 2006-07 season.
Goaltending is crucial in every playoff series but in this one, it's going to be massive. Both Marc-Andre Fleury and Ilya Bryzgalov were horrendous. "It's not about redeeming", said Elliott, who had some strong playoff series with St. Louis. He checked in with two goals and five points in his four games against Boston, but had a plus-minus rating of minus-three. Even though New Jersey beat Tampa Bay 3-0 in the regular season, it will be a different animal in the playoffs. The cornerstone players on the Lightning, like Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov, Victor Hedman, etc. all played for the Cup three seasons ago. He returned for the final two games of the regular season for the team. Neither city's baseball team has done much to write home about lately, and in basketball, the Sixers are finally back in the playoffs but there isn't an NBA team in Pittsburgh so I don't think they really care. The Penguins are the better team, they have momentum and they're at home. The Bruins had the third-best penalty-killing efficiency, while the Maple Leafs finished 11th in PK. Both of these teams are very familiar with the playoff scene and have tons of experience.
The playoffs begin on Wednesday with the Penguins on tap to play the Philadelphia Flyers and the Golden Knights taking on the Los Angeles Kings. Jonathan Quick will be more calm in net when the game is on the line compared to Marc-Andre Fleury.
The series against the Los Angeles Kings has the potential to be thrilling.
Columbus had the fourth-best regular-season record in 2016-17.
Just a few more smiles and it could have been a playoff year. The pick: Anaheim in 5. "They move better. They're fast". At the end of the day, Colorado is going to run into a buzzsaw. Starting goaltender Matt Murray, who was the star of the 2016 playoffs and held down the back end past year as well, has been putting up high numbers rounding into the postseason, and backup Casey DeSmith now leads the team in save percentage and goals allowed. You're going to have to see a team like that eventually.
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