Observations from the Flyers' most embarrassing Game 1 playoff loss ever

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Welcome to the 2017-18 Stanley Cup playoffs.

"As you see today, the parity with these 30 teams ... it is really hard [to win it]", Gretzky said.

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This was the Pittsburgh Penguins team who won eight straight playoff series, not the listless team which showed up in October. With the playoffs set to be underway today, here are some predictions that I have for the 2018 #Nhl Playoffs.

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To make matters worse, the Penguins did this primarily against the Flyers top two lines that are going to have to defend against them for the entire series.

The rest of the simulation has the remarkable story of the Vegas Golden Knights coming to an end, four games to two, to Winnipeg in the Western Conference semifinals.

Boston's got an elite team and any sort of clutch goals they score will take Leafs fans right back to the third period of Game 7 in 2013. With the playoffs being a different playing scenario, Holtby probably is the better option to start over Grubauer even with Holtby's struggles after the all-star break.

Boyle, who has blocked 113 shots in 106 career playoff games, has seen more fights in blowout games deep into a series than at other times because there's too much at stake to take a retaliatory penalty.

Since they're both in the Metropolitan Division, they still have that old divisional rivalry going on, however. And don't forget Patrick Maroon, who had three goals and 10 points in 17 games for New Jersey, which acquired him from Edmonton. Last year, they were the Predators.

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It's been so popular, the amount of money bet on Golden Knights games at times, rivaled money being put on National Football League games, which are typically the sports book's most popular events. Murray stopped both shots and the good defensive play soon translated into a 4-0 Pittsburgh lead when Guentzel connected on the power play. The Predators will play the Colorado Avalanche, who finished dead last in the National Hockey League last season.

Philadelphia's best chance at staying in it came minutes later, but Scott Laughton whiffed on his first attempt from the doorstep and Murray made a sprawling glove save on Laughton's second try to preserve Pittsburgh's lead. They proved everyone wrong, as they really did finish first in the pacific division with 54 wins, 24 losses and seven overtime loses which resulted in the Golden Knights finishing the season with 109 points. Carried by vets who have been around for the Kings' Stanley Cup years - like Jonathan Quick, Anze Kopitar, and Dustin Brown - don't be surprised to see the Kings pull off the first round upset.

If anything, the Flyers can't play that terribly again, but even then that's not saying much. However, they'll definitely get rolled in the second round by Pittsburgh - you heard it here first. If you still don't believe that the Kings will beat Vegas in the first round, just remember the 2012 playoffs where the Kings were the eighth seed and ended up winning it all.

Nashville Predators over Colorado Avalanche in 5 - Hungry Preds take first step back to SCF by hammering Avs. Home ice, many critics say, doesn't still have the same effect in the playoffs as it did in years past. It will be against the Lightning. May the best goalie win. "They were the better 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.

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