Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Philadelphia Flyers - 4/13/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Lynette Rowe
April 15, 2018

A year ago, the Nashville Predators were the surprising upstart team that captured the hearts of sports fans with their run to the Stanley Cup Final. Sin City was celebrating in a big way in the lead up to the game.

Most everyone expected a high-scoring game between the Penguins and Flyers.

With that in mind, let's take a look at the competition this season and how it could all shake out. TSL has answers to your questions about the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

NHL executive Colin Campbell once famously said the league sells hate, and at no time is hate more widely bought, sold, distributed and celebrated than during the Stanley Cup playoffs. From the opening faceoff, they need to tighten up defensively, stop turning the puck over at the blue line or in their own zone and get a couple big stops by their goalie.

The other headline opening series in the West features the surprise of the season, the Vegas Golden Knights. On Wednesday, their power play was the worst it has looked in any game this season.They had four power plays and zero shots. They're a deep team. "And I think we can play a lot better". Jonathan Quick had 27 saves for the Kings.

Washington Capitals and Nashville Predators enter the postseason with a ton of fanfare once again, but they face hard matchups against divisional foes. "So for us it's focus in on that first period and we'll go from there".

The last matchup in the West features the second and third seeds in the Pacific: the Anaheim Ducks versus the San Jose Sharks.

The Penguins are 6-1 in their last seven meetings versus the Flyers in Pittsburgh.

He has long carried the tag of frequently injured goalie, a reputation that only expanded during his time with the Flyers.

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"We just had too many holes and if you have holes in your game, that team is going to drive a truck through them", Hakstol said. The bomb of a start against Pittsburgh leaves him with a 10.34 GAA and.737 SP now, but hey, it's one forgettable game. Down 4-1 halfway through the third period, the Bruins pulled off an insane comeback, winning 5-4 in overtime to claim the series.

"You go to to the net ands sometimes they end up there and they don't always go in, so it's great to see them go in", Crosby said". He now has 32 goals on the year and 60 career goals in the postseason.

The Penguins will have to break a few jinxes as stats show that the last four occasions when a team tried to go after their third consecutive Stanley Cup, they could not make it past the second round of the playoffs. "Believe me, the sports books, some of them might have gotten killed", Denny Sobo, a frequent Golden Knights bettor said.

Well, you know, the Jets 2.0.

In the rest of the Eastern Conference, we have the ridiculous Tampa Bay Lightning, propelled completely by their insane offensive firepower; they scored 17 more goals than any team this season.

We often think, Wow, it's nearly like Sidney Crosby is playing another sport . The Pens must be licking their chops, hoping for another opportunity to play the Caps, who they've beaten in the second round of the playoffs each of the past two years.

This is a team that needs to adjust to find a way to keep up with the Penguins. With Claude Giroux, Shayne Gostisbehere, and Jakub Voracek, the team is pretty top-heavy and lacks stellar goalie play. "I was awful. I made a lot of bad plays". The game was at least supposed to be respectable. This part is complicated. "I think his body of work, especially this year, presented itself".

He seemed to downplay the game stating, "It's a loss", Elliott said. I'm not letting my heart get broken like that again.

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