Flyers likely to stick with Elliott for Game 2

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The 2018 Stanley Cup Playoff bracket in round one.

The only team to finished with a better team goals against average than the Predators was Los Angeles.

Even though they didn't make the playoffs, for example, I fully expect the New York Rangers to be on this week, and since I'll have a choice of several games being played simultaneously, I imagine the Penguins and Flyers will be low on my priority list (familiarity breeds contempt?).

Per usual, the Flyers will have to deal with a Pittsburgh offense that is a twin-turbo of power, led by Sidney Crosby and Evegeni Malkin. Mark Schiefele also scored and Connor Hellebuyck stopped 18 shots for the Jets, who host Game 2 on Friday.

If Pittsburgh has a weakness, it's in its group of defensemen. The Ducks enter the playoffs as one of the hotter teams in the West, winning eight of their last ten games of the season, but the health of their goaltender John Gibson is a source of concern.

After not making the playoffs previous year, the Flyers are back and ready to face their in-state rivals, the Pittsburgh Penguins. He and Blake Wheeler of Winnipeg tied for the league lead with 68. If Giroux can still be a one-man wrecking crew then the Flyers will have a chance. As a result, Brian Elliott will likely open the playoffs as the Flyers' starter. The Flyers are 0-5 in the last five meetings with the Penguins. "It's just one hiccup, one game".

Tomas Tatar had four goals and six points in 20 games with Vegas, which landed him in a deal with Detroit. The Capitals will need Braden Holtby to return to form, as he has struggled this year. The Penguins capitalized on great scoring chances throughout the game.

Since Ovechkin joined the Capitals 13 years ago, he has won the MVP three times, had the most goals seven times and is a surefire hall of fame candidate. The pressure is on him yet again this year and hopefully he won't crumble. You name it, they're better than Colorado. The Lightning are a well-balanced team on offense and defense and will be a hard matchup for anyone.

In the Eastern Conference, the Lightning should be able to beat the Devils in four games as well.

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It was the ideal start for Pittsburgh who came out and scored a goal at the 2:38 mark of the first period to get the crowd going. Krug racked up a career-high 59 points and his 45 assists led all Boston defensemen and ranked second on the team. Give the rookie some playoff experience. "It's just little things like that that really is the playoff intensity". Most of the players that the team selected were players that most people haven't heard of. Younger talents like Travis Konecny and Nolan Patrick have also made their presence felt. The team is 31-11 SU at home this year.

Unless they get a better effort from their defense or goaltenders, this will be a quick series.

The Blue Jackets made a key acquisition over the offseason acquiring Artemi Panarin from the Chicago Blackhawks.

This is my favorite round of the playoffs because all the teams involved will be on my television at some point.

Making a difference is more about scoring a big goal than leveling a big hit or punching someone in the face. The Jets and Golden Knights had lulls in their victories, but they definitely had the aura of two teams feeling out their opponents. Columbus will need the other players on its team to step up and score goals if they want to advance.

"You saw the crowd last night, it was unbelievable", said 22-year-old defenseman Josh Morrissey.

Special teams are never more crucial than in playoffs. His 33 power-play points was the most among d-men.

Boston's got an elite team and any sort of clutch goals they score will take Leafs fans right back to the third period of Game 7 in 2013. A tough matchup against Tampa Bay could stop them dead in their tracks.

The Penguins, defending Stanley Cup champions, downplayed their 7-0 series-opening win in which they dominated in pretty much every area and vowed to concentrate on Game 2 on Friday night at PPG Paints Arena.



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