National Hockey League 18: Our 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs simulation

Sidney Crosby Patric Hornqvist and Evgeni Malkin

With that in mind, let's take a look at the competition this season and how it could all shake out. "It's been working for us pretty well of late, and I think we're just going to chalk that one up as a bad one for us and we move on to Game 2 and prepare accordingly".

Welcome to the 2017-18 Stanley Cup playoffs.

In the Western Conference, the competition seems as tough as ever. From the Pacific Division, we have Vegas Golden Knights, Anaheim Ducks and San Jose Sharks.

A longtime belief among hockey enthusiasts has been the difference between playoff hockey versus the regular season.

After the game, Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol said he sees no reason why the team would make a change in net for Game 2.

Whoever is in net for the Flyers, it won't matter if the play in front of them isn't better. Expect the Jets to fly right by. But with goaltender Semyon Varlamov questionable for the series due to an injury, they will have to go with Jonathan Bernier, which isn't ideal against a great team like Nashville. Crosby himself made a couple errant passes, one of which allowed the Flyers to generate their best offensive pressure of the game.

"If somebody told me at the beginning of the year that the Knights game would be very comparable to the handle that we see for the National Football League games, I probably would have just died laughing".

The Pittsburgh Penguins have opened their Stanley Cup playoff schedule by blasting the Philadelphia Flyers.

Toronto at Boston, 6 p.m. Tampa Bay claimed the Atlantic Division title when the Boston Bruins (+550 to win Cup) were upset at home in the season's final game against the Florida Panthers, who missed the playoffs.

There are plenty of story lines heading into the playoffs this postseason, and matchups galore that'll dictate how games unfold in the next few months. "With the course of the regular season, you're just trying to build your team identity and trying to find out the way you want to play it, but when it comes to playoff time, you've just got to play that much harder". Meanwhile, the Toronto Maple Leafs are lead by a three-headed monster of youth. He now has 32 goals on the year and 60 career goals in the postseason. The Pittsburgh Penguins are looking for their third straight Stanley Cup but have many question marks coming in.

"It's one of the worst games I've been a part of", Giroux said. The Avalanche will have their hands full with the Predators in this series and I don't see them posing any problems for the Predators. The Penguins have been a very good scoring team at home and if the Flyers hope to steal one here, then they will need their offense to step up.

13 - Age of New Jersey forward Nico Hischier the last time the Devils made the postseason in 2011-12.

They played most of the season without Jeff Carter, who's healthy again.

Friday evening National Hockey League playoff action and a pair of teams from the Metro Division will square off as the Philadelphia Flyers pay a visit to PPG PAINTS Arena in Pittsburgh, PA to grapple with the Pittsburgh Penguins in game two of their best-of-seven series. Among the fighters were captains Giroux and Crosby and star defensemen Kimmo Timonen for Philadelphia and Kris Letang for Pittsburgh, none of whom were known for dropping the gloves.

As they come into Thursday, the Predators are the established favorite as Presidents' Trophy champion. Elliott has 24 wins, 20 losses, and seven overtime losses to his credit, and has registered a.906 save percentage and 2.75 goals against average this year.

Thus, I have convinced myself, for the 10th year in a row, that it is the Caps' year. Time's ticking for this group to get it done, after making it to the Conference Final two out of the last three years.