The Buzzer: Historic first night of 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs

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Michael Dwyer AP
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15 April, 2018

Expect a rebound game from the captain, who wasn't the only culprit as Sean Couturier (-4) and Shayne Gostisbehere (-4) played just as poorly.

Kornegay said the bets started to roll in before the Golden Knights even took the ice, and didn't let up as the team continued its unexpected, division-title-winning season, and Golden Knights fans often got the best of the book. The Avalanche and Devils had two of the worst records in the 2016-2017 season but both made the playoffs this year and are aiming to hoist the Stanley Cup by the time June rolls around. 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.

16 teams begin their quest in hopes to raise Lord Stanley's Cup as the playoffs begin tonight.

For the seventh time in history, the 1967 expansion teams will meet in the playoffs.

The Penguins certainly showed it. With the playoffs set to be underway today, here are some predictions that I have for the 2018 #Nhl Playoffs.

Just 5 seconds into the game, Giroux blasted Crosby at the blue line to force a turnover.

Grubauer has only appeared in two playoff games, starting one of them which was back in 2015. "It's always different as you get into the playoffs, things are elevated a little bit".

Seven teams in the Western Conference are gunning for the Predators. Joe Morrow notched the eventual game-winner at 12:47 of the third to give Winnipeg the historic win. Last year, they were the Predators.

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Arsenal ramped up the pressure on fifth-placed Chelsea with a 3-2 victory against Southampton at home. Welbeck scored a late victor for Arsenal to inflict more misery on Mark Hughes' Southampton side.

The Penguins were very good on offense during the regular season as they ranked 3rd in the league in scoring at 3.29 gpg, while also ranking 1st in shots taken (34.4 spg) and 1st in power play conversions, converting on 26.2% of their chances.

"They did an outstanding job", Hakstol said of the Penguins. With the win, Vegas became the first team to post a shutout win its playoff debut since 1968, and the fifth in National Hockey League history.

That being said, The Golden Knights have players who have won Stanley Cups, so it's not like they have no experience at all.

Vegas is going to finish first in the pacific division this season. said no one in the whole world.

The battle will most likely come down to win goalie can steal a win for their team. The Anaheim Ducks and San Jose Sharks post really solid defenses - both ranking in the top 10 in goals allowed - but unimpressive attacks, finishing 19th and 13th respectively in goals scored. Which potential upsets could fans see in the first-round? In the postseason, games are called tighter with fewer expected penalties and power play opportunities, and mistakes can be even more detrimental than in the six months before the brackets are formed. However, they'll definitely get rolled in the second round by Pittsburgh - you heard it here first.

Sure, it may seem like there's a better chance of Crosby getting lost on his drive to PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh than the Flyers returning to Philly with a victory but the scenario is not as far-fetched as you may believe.

Last year's Stanley Cup runner-up, the Nashville Predators, had no sort of Stanley Cup hangover, posting the best record in the National Hockey League, collecting 117 points, and winning the Presidents' Trophy.

"I wonder if we can repeat, or three-peat, should I say", Sullivan said. It will be against the Lightning. However, in reality, I've accepted that they'll get to the second round and lose. May the best goalie win. Future Vezina Trophy victor Pekka Rinne was elite this season, their defence was once again top in the league thanks to P.K. Subban and Roman Josi and their offence is just good enough to finish in the top half of the league. Guentzel, who isn't the best quote on the team, couldn't help but marvel at everything. The forwards that the Predators posses are Johansen, Arvidsson, Turris and others.


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