Predicting The First Round Of The NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Video

Predicting The First Round Of The NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Video

We are about to find out. "So for us it's a should be a fun series". "So I think Nashville quietly, whether it's at the deadline or just before, did some wonderful things". "I had that surgery, too, and I still can't believe" he's back so soon. The Predators' balanced attack is fueled by a group of speedy, playmaking defensemen who combined for a league-best 206 points (56 goals, 150 assists). The 24-year-old Hellebuyck, who set a record for most wins by an American-born goalie at 44, hasn't played in a postseason game since his senior season at UMass-Lowell, losing 4-3 in the 2014 regional final to Johnny Gaudreau and Boston College. It has recently provided more summer entertainment than Pittsburgh's baseball team by winning back-to-back Stanley Cups (if you haven't heard, Phil Kessel is a two-time Stanley Cup Champion).

"In reality, when you have to earn your way and your margin of error is pretty short all the way along, it tests you", Philadelphia coach Dave Haksol said.

"I still pinch myself every day I get to be a part of something like this", Murray said. I'm sure some hockey fans remember this play.... Just previous year, the Western Conference points-leading Chicago Blackhawks not only lost to the 41-win Nashville Predators, but were swept. However, whatever took place during the regular season means nothing at the moment since the playoffs are a whole new season, and all that matters over the next few weeks is which team has what it takes to win this upcoming series to advance to the second round. The guess here is that, by the end, Konecny is back with the two bigger guns, and the Flyers manage to keep pace with the Penguins for long stretches. "The biggest thing is they're all not stickhandling the puck anymore like they were. It's not a personal thing out there; it's for everybody on the team". Of the four outings played between the two teams, three went to extra time and all three needed to go beyond overtime to decide a victor. It's hard to compare but certainly you can take lessons from it.

Should the Flyers need to use another goaltender, Petr Mrazek, who was inconsistent after being acquired from the Red Wings on February 19, is expected to serve as Elliott's backup because Michal Neuvirth is still injured. Both Dallas and Toronto are offensively gifted teams, so to keep the Avs tied or ahead throughout the third was a great sight to see. Keeping the game at 5V5 as often as they can is a must for the Flyers.

Goaltending is crucial in every playoff series but in this one, it's going to be massive. "Just being in the now and not worrying about yesterday or tomorrow". The Sharks were the sixth-highest scoring team after the trade freeze, fifth-best defensively and one of the better possession teams in the National Hockey League. He has no control over the latter - there are no guarantees when you make a living willfully putting yourself in front of a piece of rubber hurtling at you at various speeds from various angles - and he's not concerned about the former.

The Penguins are a different team, and so are the Flyers.

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"I think our guys are well aware of what went on a year ago", Predators coach Peter Laviolette said.

When Joe Sakic signed Bernier to a one-year deal worth $2.75 million, I was quite skeptical. But Giroux and the Flyers took a three games to none lead. The chase for Lord's Stanley Cup will start with three games on the docket.

But even with Elliott operating at maximum capacity, the Flyers will have their hands full with a Penguins team that won all four contests against them this season, scoring five goals in each game.

"It's about an opportunity".

"He has probably been our best player all year", Matthews said.

Since the Capitals would need to make the finals to face any of these teams, here's a short look at the series happening out west. That being said, I think there's a sense of objective here. Letestu is in his second stint with the team and has reached a point where he comfortably fits in on the fourth line in a shutdown forward type of role.