Santoliquito: Sydney Crosby And The Penguins Embarrass The Flyers

Santoliquito: Sydney Crosby And The Penguins Embarrass The Flyers

Neuvirth only appeared in 22 games this season.

The 2018 NHL Playoffs kick off tomorrow night.

If he does, it'll be the first time in his National Hockey League career. Most of the players that the team selected were players that most people haven't heard of. After being traded from the Edmonton Oilers for defenseman Adam Larsson, many in Western Canada wanted to declare the Oilers' the victor of the trade. That's impressive, and they can thank Nathan MacKinnon more than anyone.

Claude Giroux was second in the National Hockey League with 102 points (34 goals, 68 assists), his best output in 11 National Hockey League seasons.

It took Winnipeg almost two decades to win the franchise's first playoff game.

Similarly to Hall, MacKinnon is the forgotten superstar. Either way, supporters crowded the square to take part in the festivities and show which side of Wednesday's game they were cheering for. It didn't matter who they put up against the line; they were able to get theirs no matter what.

These young stars should make this series another classic one, but ultimately I think they'll fall short again in a game seven. It will be a two-man race when it comes to the Hart Trophy and MacKinnon will have a definite claim to it.

The Blue Jackets made a key acquisition over the offseason acquiring Artemi Panarin from the Chicago Blackhawks.

Just like the Jets, the Bruins are insanely balanced, finishing sixth in goals forced and fourth in goals allowed.

Their best (and probably only) chance at abruptly and unexpectedly ending the Penguins' quest for a Stanley Cup three-peat is if Elliott regains the level of play he displayed before leaving the lineup due to a core muscle injury. Phil Kessel is one of the top offensive threats in the game, and Pittsburgh has a devastating power play.

So far, the Pens are taking it to the Flyers. Couturier has developed into one of the league's best two-way forwards.

Despite his awful beard, Laine is a player to watch simply for his incredible shot.

As for Neuvirth, when the Flyers needed him most, he wasn't there. With Vegas in its first year, most people expected them to finish dead last and continue a rebuild in order to be a really good team in the future. The battle for Pennsylvania will be one of the most entertaining series. Not because of his play, instead it is because of his big personality.

A group of third-liners and depth players have played well above expectations, leading to the first playoff appearance by an expansion team.

Pittsburgh was twice taken to a game seven - and almost a third time during last year's Stanley Cup Final - but repeatedly staved off elimination en route to winning their fifth Stanley Cup in franchise history. To be fair, it was coming at him from every direction.

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. It's certainly a big question if they can do that much. Outside T-Mobile Arena in Toshiba Plaza, fans could get real or fake tattoos of the Golden Knights logo, or get their hair cut with a "V" design, while there was also a concert put on by Logic.

Philadelphia opted to try Giroux on the wing this season, and it paid immediate dividends, as the captain recorded a personal-best 102 points and should earn some consideration for the Hart.

From the Metropolitan Division we have our usual players, as the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins are likely set up for yet another second round matchup. That's fine. In some ways, they've been one all season. He has nearly limitless potential, and he is surrounded by young players with similar skillsets.

During play, the players noticed something was up with the puck. The Maple Leafs are going to need Matthews at his best and at 20-years-old, it will be a lot to ask.

If they can shut down the exploding offense, and stay off the man-advantage, then perhaps this Flyers team can contend with champs. "If you look at it, it was wild".

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