Three things to watch for in Penguins playoff opener

Three things to watch for in Penguins playoff opener

"I don't like any guy on their team". And then there's Vegas, which broke every measureable National Hockey League expansion record for success by going 51-24-7 to win the Pacific Division. "If you look at it, it was wild". Thanks for joining the April dance Philadelphia, but you'll only get about a week and a half to enjoy it.

The 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs will drop the puck on the first round on Wednesday, April 11, and Thursday, April 12, with the start of all eight postseason series. In case you're wondering, the longest playoff game ever played was in 1936 between the Detroit Red Wings and the Montreal Maroons (this game predates the "Original Six" era of the NHL) and took six overtime periods to resolve, or the equivalent of two entire extra games.

The weight of expectations falls mostly on the Predators, who won't be underestimated a year after the eighth-seeded team's surge to the Final ended in a six-game loss to Pittsburgh.

There might have been the potential for trouble considering Auston Matthews, the Leafs' best player not named Frederik Andersen (taking nothing away from Mitch Marner, who led the Leafs with 69 points), missed 20 games with three different injuries. Hall's teammate, Miles Wood, is right behind him with 15, giving New Jersey two lines that can put pressure on Tampa Bay's transition defense. We can be found at Sons of Penn and The Orange Update. But I think you have to learn those sometimes. The idea is that players will not shave from the time that the playoffs begin until either their team is eliminated or they've won the Cup. "They are only lacking in playoff experience, which, when they get past Minnesota in the first round, they will get in a hurry".

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

Labanc, a two-year veteran for the Sharks, is a 5-foot-11, 185-pounder that played 77 games this season.

On the other hand, San Jose has been inconsistent this year. Nashville and Anaheim developed a nontraditional rivalry with intense series the past two playoffs, making that a potentially combustible Western Conference final. The adrenaline of the playoffs also means that getting into a fight to light a spark is unnecessary. That being said, feel free to scream at the television all you want for the next few months.

No one can dispute the talent and ability of Alex Ovechkin, but it's just not enough to take the Capitals deep into the playoffs.

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With only a few games remaining in the National Hockey League regular season, it's time to shift your brain into "playoff mode".

"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. But, there's always that one aspect of each series that many fans and critics will keen on keeping an eye on.

In their four-game series this season, the Penguins were 5 for 13 (38.5 percent) on the power play while the Flyers were just 2 for 16 (12.5 percent).

"I wonder if we can repeat, or three-peat, should I say", Sullivan said. "I think personnel has changed".

The Flyers come in playing some good offense of late, while the Penguins have been a very good offensive team all year, but I just can't pull the trigger on the over in this one. He should be good to go in Game 1, and his presence gives the Penguins perhaps the best depth down the middle of any team in the league.

Crosby also sent signed photos to each of the survivors of the crash, which happened Friday.

"Those things last forever, really", Carlson said. The pick: Pittsburgh in 6.

Something Murray rarely does, part of his preternatural maturity that led the Penguins to make the hard but necessary decision to leave Marc-Andre Fleury - the winningest goaltender in franchise history and a wildly popular figure both in the dressing room and the city - exposed to Vegas last summer in the expansion draft. "It's been great hockey".

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