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(42-26-14) Philadelphia Flyers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (47-29-6)
2018 NHL Playoffs: Eastern Conference Round 1
NHL Series Odds: Pittsburgh – 255 | Flyers +185
NHL Stanley Cup Futures Odds: Pittsburgh +1000, Flyers +2500
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It’s a Metropolitan Division showdown to start the Eastern Conference playoffs on Tuesday night. It’s a rivalry series between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Philadelphia Flyers, with the Penguins having home-ice advantage.
The Penguins have won the last three games played between the two teams. This series has all the makings of a lot of high scoring games and that should make an exciting series.
For the Philadelphia Flyers they come into this series as big underdogs but they have the talent to make this an interesting series with the Penguins.
Claude Giroux, Jakub Voracek, and Sean Couturier are the offensive firepower that is going to have to try and keep up with the goal scoring in this series.
On the defensive side of the ice, they have Wayne Simmonds who is one of the best at his craft in all the league, and is going to be key in this series.
For the Flyers this series is going to come down to the play in the net though. Brian Elliott is their number one goalie, but he has really struggled at times this year.
He will get the start in game one, but if he struggles I wouldn’t be surprised to see him given the early yank and the Flyers to try and go a different direction.
No matter who is on goal though the Flyers are going to need to have a big series as they will probably be seeing a ton of shots on goal.
The Pittsburgh Penguins once again feel like they have the pieces to win the Stanley Cup again this year but to do that they are going to need to get through the Philadelphia Flyers to start.
The Penguins strength is on the offensive end of the ice.
They average 3.3 goals per game which is the best in the NHL, and that’s no surprise seeing how many weapons they have in that zone.
The Penguins are led by Sidney Crosby. and they are going to need to have him to carry the team in the offensive zone.
In the defensive zone is where the Penguins struggle and they are a lot worse than years past. They are giving up 31.1 shots per game and 3.02 goals per game.
The defense hasn’t been good during their success the last few years, but it hasn’t been this bad and that is going to need to change to win this series.
Free Philadelphia Flyers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins Series Prediction:
This series is all going to actually come down to the defensive zone. The better team in that zone will be the team that will come out ahead.
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I think the Penguins will step up as it is the playoffs and that will be the difference. I don’t think it will be a sweep, but I don’t see this game going more than five games.
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