Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
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Late trades deliver for several NHL playoff-bound teams

Late trades deliver for several NHL playoff-bound teams

"I'm just excited to play here", he said.

Let's start off with the battle of Pennsylvania. They missed all 24 shots that they attempted in the game. Ominously, the Flyers finished the season killing penalties at a woeful 75.8 percent clip, good for 29th in the National Hockey League. But they have the pieces to steal a series.

Regardless of the right winger, Couturier and Giroux manage to control both shots and goals for at even strength very well, but up head to head with Crosby's line, posting those numbers would be nothing short of extraordinary. Younger talents like Travis Konecny and Nolan Patrick have also made their presence felt. Evgeni Malkin led the Penguins in scoring (98 points) and goals (42), and Phil Kessel pumped in 34 goals and a career-best 92 points in 2017-2018.

"They have really good weapons", Elliott said of the Penguins.

They will take on the Columbus Blue Jackets, and they should beat them easily, as Columbus doesn't have anyone who can match up well enough to stop the "Rocket" Richard Trophy victor, Alex Ovechkin.

Alex Ovechkin is the league's leading scorer and they have a defense and goaltending that could stop anyone. Even if the Flyers can somehow find a way to slow down Crosby, which they probably can't, the Pens have shown they're going to get production from the whole lineup. "They were the better team". But for numerous Knights, this will be their first time playing hockey in mid-April. The Leafs looked like they had the series won, but the Bruins made a furious late comeback to steal the game in overtime. Crosby recalls more fights between the teams in the past - he was involved in two six years ago in the game he swatted Voracek's glove away - but doesn't want to downplay the intensity of this rivalry. Jumbo Joe may be getting older, but his playoff experience would be a huge boost for his team. "I think his body of work, especially this year, presented itself".

MSU has had a Stanley Cup victor in seven of the last 12 seasons. They struggle to adjust. Their time will come, but it won't be this year.

Getty The Nashville Predators are favored against the Colorado Avalanche. They have their own postseason demons to exorcise. The Penguins power play is cranking along at a franchise record of over 26 percent - and that's saying a ton when you consider that players such as Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr have been a big part of that history. Those who pre-order a jersey before the end of that team's first round series will be entered into the drawing for the tickets should that team reach the final. "During the regular season, you can get called for that, but right now in the playoffs you have to be in their face and hard on every single puck".

This may be the toughest match-up to pick in the first round.

Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 28 shots for the 63rd win and 11th shutout in his postseason career.

This could be the most intense Winnipeg whiteout we've ever witnessed. He will be the difference and will lead the Jets to a hard-fought series victory. Still, thanks to how tight the league is and the volcanic snowball effect of what a playoff series does to hockey players and coaches, rivalries might have a different look but they have plenty of smoldering intensity. Tasking rookie Will Butcher with neutralizing the twosome might be asking a lot, and the same could be said for veteran d-men Andy Greene and Sami Vatanen.

The Golden Knights were clearly running on adrenaline early, but that appeared to fizzle out pretty quickly.

Both of these teams are no strangers to the postseason.

The Flyers played without an edge.

How They Win & How They Lose, 5 Things To Watch, THN Series Prediction and Playoff Depth Charts.

Guys like Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf are still producing, and will lead the way for a series win.

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