Pittsburgh went on to lose in six games to the Red Wings in the Stanley Cup finals. They just don't have the depth to compete with Nashville. And here are just a few of them. I'll break down every round of the playoffs and (hopefully) help you win that office playoff bracket.
Lots of optimistic Golden Knights fans bet on the team to win the Stanley Cup before the season started, when odds were about 200-1. If Toronto doesn't get solid play from their defense and goalie Frederik Andersen, then it may be a short playoff for them.
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.
Exhausted of scoring goals like a normal human, this is just the latest display of Crosby's mastery of the arts of hockey.
Hockey fans will always remember Game 7 between these two teams in 2013. How they respond to the bright lights and raised intensity of the playoffs, does add intrigue.
With questions in net and the fact that the Preds are nearly unbeatable at home in the playoffs, Nashville will roll to the second round.
By winning the division, of course, Vegas has home-ice advantage and will host its first game right out of the gate.
After only one game of a seven-game series, that the Flyers already are talking about battling only illustrates how quickly the Penguins can get into an opponent's head. Even with star player Steven Stamkos injured, the Lightning are still really good offensively with Nikita Kucherov who got 100 points during the regular season, as well as J.T. Miller, Brayden Point, Tyler Johnson and others. Minnesota wasn't too far behind going 27-6-8 at Xcel Energy Center. We've been through a lot this year and I'm not anxious we can come back from that. But both sides are very much set in goal. Goalie John Gibson has also been a frequent visitor to the trainer's table. Gibson enjoyed the best season of his four-year career and is in the Vezina conversation.
The Flyers and the two-time defending Stanley Cup-champion Penguins were separated by just two points in the regular season. Led by Nikita Kucherov, who finished third in scoring and goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy, who led the league in shutouts.
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Tampa Bay has had an excellent season, taking the Atlantic Division crown by producing the best offense in the league. To be successful in the NHL Playoffs, a team needs a goalie to step up and be "the guy". One of these teams will move on, and it will be because their netminder finally stepped up and showed the confidence and mental toughness it takes.
Storyline: Will history from five years ago repeat itself? They were tight games. They open with the Kings, which looks to me like another 4-over-1 upset chance - but since I haven't seen more than five minutes of the Golden Knights, I might be totally wrong about that. A series of this magnitude has a "slobber knocker" ring to it.
The more they can keep the game at five-on-five - and the more they can control the puck, using a cycle game to slow down the Penguins - the better the Flyers' chances of getting out of this series alive.
The Flyers have been pretty good at staying out of the penalty box all season.
The Flyers can put the puck in the net, and they should have an opportunity to do that quite a bit against the Penguins.
The Philadelphia Flyers are finding out what Columbus, Washington, Ottawa and Nashville learned past year, that the Penguins' path to the Stanley Cup goes through your goalie. My dream is to become a sports journalist.
"With one game like that, you don't want to hit the panic button and kind of scramble things up", defenseman Andrew MacDonald said.