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National Hockey League 18: Our 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs simulation

National Hockey League 18: Our 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs simulation

Steven Stamkos may have had an off-year with just 27 goals, but he still one of the most lethal players with the puck.

With that in mind, let's take a look at the competition this season and how it could all shake out. I'd like to see my Pelicans play, and I might get interested in the progress of the Pacers. Is THIS the Caps' year?

The Colorado Avalanche went from the worst team in the National Hockey League by 21 points to a playoff team in one year.

Led by media starlet PK Subban and stand-out goalie Pekka Rinne, the Preds posted one of the NHL's best defenses, allowing the second fewest goals in the league. "Believe me, the sports books, some of them might have gotten killed", Denny Sobo, a frequent Golden Knights bettor said. 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. Even with star player Steven Stamkos injured, the Lightning are still really good offensively with Nikita Kucherov who got 100 points during the regular season, as well as J.T. Miller, Brayden Point, Tyler Johnson and others.

Finally. Finally! The Winnipeg Jets earned their first playoff win in franchise history by edging past the Minnesota Wild, improving to 1-8 all time-and yes, that dates back to the Atlanta Thrashers days. Expect the Jets to fly right by. "So for us it's focus in on that first period and we'll go from there". High shooting percentage and all, Karlsson and the Vegas Golden Knights have been the surprise of the year. Save for a 10-minute span to start the second period of Game 1, the Flyers were absolutely brutal in every aspect. "I can remember every single playoff series we've played in and this guy made a dirty hit in this game, this guy slashed me for no reason - two-handed me in the back of the legs - in this game, just stuff like that".

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The improper conduct charge against Guardiola is for communicating with the bench during the second half. However, Reds boss Klopp sees no reason for the player to go anywhere else at this stage of his career.

It is a series, not just one game. Meanwhile, the Toronto Maple Leafs are lead by a three-headed monster of youth.

The Penguins are looking to win the Stanley Cup for the third year in a row and with the stacked roster they have, they could still do it.

Based on the excitement of the rivalry and abundance of superstars on both sides, this Penguins-Flyers rematch should easily be one of the most entertaining series of the opening round, it just appears Philadelphia will have to battle the misfortune of pulling one of a handful of teams that can match or overpower its offensive abilities. If you don't have a team to watch this postseason, I'd recommend following this series closely. They look even better this year, and seem to have everything it takes - scoring, defence, goaltending - to go all the way.

Hopes are high in D.C.as the Washington Capitals outlasted a stacked Metro Division to take the top spot, but Rocket Richard Trophy victor Alex Ovechkin and his Washington cohorts drew a tough Columbus Blue Jackets team that enters the playoffs after finishing the regular season on a 10-2-2 run.

"When you give away the puck at crucial moments on the ice, they're going to torch you -and they did", winger Wayne Simmonds said. Those two goals are an indication of how talented they are.

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Price has struggled with inconsistency and injury in his two-plus seasons with the Red Sox, but all of the talent is still there. The 28-year-old has been forced into regular action at the unfamiliar position due to the outfield being decimated by injuries.

In order to get there, the Penguins will have to beat a veteran Philadelphia Flyers team.

They have a perennial Hart Trophy candidate in Claude Giroux. This team needs to be better in Game 2, at least to make it more competitive. This part is complicated.

That's when the Bruins mounted a comeback for the ages, getting a goal from Nathan Horton to come within two.

After Wednesday's game, Hakstol said his inclination was to stick with Elliott, but he declined to confirm that after practice Thursday.

Thus, I have convinced myself, for the 10th year in a row, that it is the Caps' year. "So, when you get to lift it, it's really worth it".

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