Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

5 playoff moments that shaped Flyers-Penguins rivalry

5 playoff moments that shaped Flyers-Penguins rivalry

"They get opportunities. For us, it's a matter of limiting those chances and doing a good job of letting Brian see the puck".

For the seventh time in history, the 1967 expansion teams will meet in the playoffs. But yes, the days of "trying harder" against Pittsburgh simply because it was a heightened rivalry between the two Pennsylvania teams eventually died down in the years since the 2012 playoff series the Flyers won. With the playoffs set to be underway today, here are some predictions that I have for the 2018 #Nhl Playoffs.

The Flyers, despite having a slew of veterans, looked jittery and were a turnover machine Wednesday, and the Penguins had the puck down at their end most of the game.

Just 5 seconds into the game, Giroux blasted Crosby at the blue line to force a turnover.

"He definitely believes in our group", right winger Travis Konecny said, adding that the Flyers played well in their last two regular-season games with the combinations they used Wednesday. With the playoffs being a different playing scenario, Holtby probably is the better option to start over Grubauer even with Holtby's struggles after the all-star break.

They play an old school style of hockey, which is ideal for a seven-game series. The Predators lineup is filled with talent that most teams dream about, consisting of Filip Forsberg, Viktor Arvidsson, and P.K. Subban. They both have strong defensive corps as well as a lethal offense and strong goalies. Those numbers aren't bad, but the task at hand is to win four games against the Predators without Semyon Varlamov in goal. The Avalanche, meanwhile, have been one of many surprises in the league this season; as they seem to be developing a young core that could be a force in the Central going forward. Nothing beats a hockey Game 7 in overtime for drama.

"It was awesome", then-Penguins general manager Ray Shero said.

Vegas is going to finish first in the pacific division this season. said no one in the whole world. Outside T-Mobile Arena in Toshiba Plaza, fans could get real or fake tattoos of the Golden Knights logo, or get their hair cut with a "V" design, while there was also a concert put on by Logic.

The battle will most likely come down to win goalie can steal a win for their team. Eastern Conference and over is 11-2 in Flyers last 13 when their opponent scores 5 goals or more in their previous game.

There's no love lost between the Anaheim Ducks and San Jose Sharks, a pair of Californian teams that are well acquainted with one another.

The Golden Knights are facing the Kings, who are a wild card team, in the first round of the playoffs. Claude Giroux was an uncharacteristic minus-4 and played one of his worst games of the season.

But if Flyers fans really want to see Sidney Crosby dethroned the way the Eagles dethroned Tom Brady, they better hope Provorov, Gostisbehere and Elliott bring their A-plus games for the net two weeks.

"You look at everything Nashville has done, they never messed with the roster integrity that was created at the beginning of the year by David Poile and Paul Fenton", McGuire said, referring to Predators management. It will be against the Lightning. So they basically have a second-liner as their third-liner, managing to upgrade from the very good Nick Bonino. May the best goalie win. This season has been different for the Caps: they had a lot of roster turnover, Braden Holtby didn't dominate the net, and they did not come out with the best record in the National Hockey League. I saw quite a bit of the Caps, but I like Ovechkin, and they're going to play a Columbus team that's usually hidden from view.

Pittsburgh was twice taken to a game seven - and almost a third time during last year's Stanley Cup Final - but repeatedly staved off elimination en route to winning their fifth Stanley Cup in franchise history.

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