Philadelphia Flyers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins 4/13/18, Prediction & Odds


"I don't know", Crosby said, when asked about his knact for scoring the stylish goals.

The Tampa Bay Lightning looked poised to be the Stanley Cup champions at midseason, though they cooled in the second half.

This season, the Predators led the National Hockey League with 117 points, winning the Presidents' Trophy for the first time.

You need three things on a team to win in the playoffs: experience, goals and a good goalie. Claude Giroux actually remembered what they're like.

So much so that retired player and former Penguins coach Ed Olczyk said of Penguins-Flyers, "It only takes one player, one comment from somebody, where all bets are off and that gasoline tank will be ignited fairly quickly". Two of its goals were against Couturier's unit.

Could they pick it up in that area in the playoffs? Pittsburgh' goaltender Matt Murray will need to return to playoff form as he has in the past, if the Penguins want another chance at the Cup. The Penguins defense leaves the net-minder in a vulnerable position too much of the time.

As they did through most of the regular season, the Penguins will use forwards Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel on separate lines. "Like everything else we'll look hard at it, but right now my first gut instinct is he that he is our guy and I don't see a reason why we would go away from him". Eastern Conference and over is 11-2 in Flyers last 13 when their opponent scores 5 goals or more in their previous game.

If we stick to these numbers, Both teams are going to win every game at home, which means Winnipeg would win the series in seven. Well, at least the finish was overwhelming, and it was thrilling from a Boston point of view while it was brutal from Toronto's perspective. Well, that offense was a complete no-show as they were blanked in game one by a score of 7-0.

That's when the Bruins mounted a comeback for the ages, getting a goal from Nathan Horton to come within two. Malkin led the Penguins with 42 goals and 98 points.

It didn't take long for Bergeron to score the victor in overtime, and ruin the hopes of long-suffering Toronto fans.

After not making the playoffs past year, the Flyers are back and ready to face their in-state rivals, the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Kings know what the road is like to get to the finals, and that's going to be the difference in this series. Everyone (myself included) has been waiting for the "regression" to hit this team, and it never happened.

The 82-game regular season of the National Hockey League has come to a close. "He's going to stop it if he sees it".

Hopes are high in the Washington Capitals outlasted a stacked Metro Division to take the top spot, but Rocket Richard Trophy victor Alex Ovechkin and his Washington cohorts drew a tough Columbus Blue Jackets team that enters the playoffs after finishing the regular season on a 10-2-2 run.

As a collective unit, the Penguins have been penalized 4.0 times per game overall this season, 4.0 per game over their past five matchups total, and 4.0 per game over their last five home outings. Both teams are set to square off against teams that weren't expected to make the playoffs at the beginning of the year with the Predators playing the Avalanche and the Lightning playing the Devils. In the West, Minnesota faces Winnipeg in the first playoff series between the two division rivals, which could heat up fast.

The other headline opening series in the West features the surprise of the season, the Vegas Golden Knights. That concludes a run for the expansion-year Knights that includes a 4-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings in the first round and a 4-3 quarterfinal victory over the San Jose Sharks, whom the simulation says prevail 4-2 over Anaheim.

Here is the first of our daily playoff power ratings. We've got to be on it (Friday) night.