Get the latest playoff news with today’s edition of Pens Points...
First, a quick reminder of the schedule for the Pens/Flyers first round matchup:
Before we jump right into Stanley Cup playoff mode let’s take some time to remember the regular season and what the Pens accomplished in their 82 games. From Sidney Crosby playing pinball with the puck to Evgeni Malkin going on a tear after the new year, the Pens had plenty of great moments. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]
The Penguins convened for the first time since the tragic bus crash in Humboldt and many players shared their thoughts on the tragedy and sent messages of support to the community as they deal with the unspeakable loss. [Trib Live]
It has been six years since the Penguins and Flyers have met in the postseason and most Penguins’ fans do not have good memories from that last meeting. Though six years may not be a long time, a lot has changed between the two sides since. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]
Sticking with that nightmare of a series, the Penguins franchise has come along way since that debacle and they have learned from their sins of the past to turn a corner and ascend back to the top of the NHL. [Trib Live]
After missing the final five games of the season with a lower body injury, trade acquisition Derick Brassard returned to Penguins’ practice on Monday and is expected to be ready to go for Game 1 tomorrow night. [Trib Live]
When the Pens and Flyers meet in the playoffs there will be plenty of storylines surrounding the matchup to be dissected and discussed. Here’s what the players think of the matchup and what they expect from their cross-state rivals. [Penguins]
Sure there are plenty of names on the Flyers roster that most of us are more than familiar with. The likes of Claude Giroux, Jakub Voracek, and Shayne Gostisbehere have been around for awhile now but there are a few names you may be unfamiliar with. Become acquainted with rookie Nolan Patrick. [Pensburgh]
One of the great playoff traditions surrounding the Pens is the outdoor screen set up at the arena for fans to come together and watch their beloved team in the playoffs. It’s back again this season for all Penguins’ home playoff games beginning tomorrow night. [Penguins]
There will always be comparisons between the current crop of playoff hopefuls and how they stack up with past champions. This season is no different and when compared to the past, this year’s Pens team matches up well. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]
You may hate the NHL’s playoff format but that doesn’t mean you still can’t have a little fun. Come join the Pensburgh staff and fellow readers in our NHL Bracket Challenge competition on NHL.com. [Pensburgh]
News and notes from around the NHL...
First round predictions will be rolling in from various outlets leading up to Wednesday so keep an eye out to see who the experts are picking to move on. [USA Today]
Sometimes all you need to win the Stanley Cup is a hot goaltender and its proven on more than a few occasions. This year’s playoff field features a wide array of goaltenders, some who have won it all before and some who are making their playoff debut. [ESPN]
After flirting with a return to the NHL last offseason, it appears Ilya Kovalchuk is ready to make that a reality this team around as reports surfaced he has agreed to a contract with the New York Rangers. [CBS Sports]