How they respond to the bright lights and raised intensity of the playoffs, does add intrigue. "I don't like any guy on their team". "Believe me, the sports books, some of them might have gotten killed", Denny Sobo, a frequent Golden Knights bettor said. "That's the way you have to look at it".
"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.
That was six years ago. The 2017-2018 season has truly has been a breakout year for the Devils and their young superstar Taylor Hall. Hulu will also create a custom hockey collection within the Hulu experience throughout the NHL playoffs. Playoff rivalries are no longer about dropping the gloves or laying out bone-crushing hits.
Two captains, both intense and skilled faced each other last night, but only one went home satisfied with a win. In 159 career playoff games (he has started all of them), Holtby has a GAA of 2.00 and a save percentage of.932.
The first round in the Eastern Conference this year already has two old-school rivalries with the Penguins and Flyers meeting in the playoffs for the first time since their epic 2012 showdown, and Boston facing Toronto for the first time since 2013. The two first-round foes never met in the National Hockey League playoffs when Minnesota had the North Stars (now in Dallas) or Winnipeg had the original Jets (now in Arizona). The Penguins have been a very good scoring team at home and if the Flyers hope to steal one here, then they will need their offense to step up. Absolutely no user games were played. We've been through a lot this year and I'm not anxious we can come back from that.
Marc-Andre Fleury had 30 saves to lead Vegas to a victory over visiting Los Angeles in the opening game of their best-of-seven Western Conference first-round series. There were 46 fights in the 1978 postseason alone and an incredible 85 in the 1988 playoffs. The Penguins defense leaves the net-minder in a vulnerable position too much of the time.
The Philadelphia Flyers are finding out what Columbus, Washington, Ottawa and Nashville learned past year, that the Penguins' path to the Stanley Cup goes through your goalie. This series could be a pitchers duel (or goaltenders duel) between these two combatants, allowing for every game to be even more exciting. But with goaltender Semyon Varlamov questionable for the series due to an injury, they will have to go with Jonathan Bernier, which isn't ideal against a great team like Nashville.
Columbus does have a glaring problem and that is their goal scoring. Look at the Penguins' and Flyers' rosters now and the likes of Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Phil Kessel, Voracek and Claude Giroux are far more likely to beat someone with a slick shot than their fists.
"I would say you try to build your game throughout the series, or shift after shift", said defenseman Kris Letang, one of only three remaining Penguins from the three Stanley Cup championship teams dating back to 2009.
I have watched this replay numerous times and still can't really comprehend it. Crosby's tip so nonchalant and at such a weird angle, yet the velocity on the redirect is staggering and it's perfectly placed off the iron and in. "There's always a heightened emotion associated with the games".
The Flyers can put the puck in the net, and they should have an opportunity to do that quite a bit against the Penguins. Those two know what is needed to win in the playoffs. Crosby has 32 goals and 60 assists to his name and has notched at least one point in 55 games. In single game, the tension is palpable, as any sort of mistake or stroke of luck can lead to agony or joy.
There are lots of relevant numbers to be crunched heading into the playoffs, which begin Wednesday night.