Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Philadelphia Flyers, 4-22

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Philadelphia Flyers, 4-22

These archrivals have gone back and forth with one-sided victories in the first three games of the series.

The two-time Stanley Cup champions were not about to let a loss on home ice lead to any panic or open the door for their opponents.

From margin of victory to home-ice advantage, the matchup between the Penguins and Flyers hasn't exactly been a typical playoff series. If Malkin can't play, third-line center Derick Brassard would likely take his place between left wing Carl Hagelin and right wing Phil Kessel on the second line.

That has been Sullivan's go-to line for most questions regarding player availability in the postseason, but there might be more to it when it comes to Malkin. The Flyers had just one power play. "So I think we're just going to have to, by committee, we're going to have to pick up the pieces and make sure that the opportunities that are given to others that [Hornqvist] normally fills, they're going to get a great opportunity to help this team win a game". Couturier may not play Wednesday night after he was involved in a collision with teammate Radko Gudas Tuesday, per Dan Rosen of NHL.com. The Flyers had been so morally wounded at times in this series that playing a fairly sound game for almost two periods only to trail by two would have probably been too much to overcome.

Coach Dave Hakstol was pleased with the Flyers' defensive pairs' play on Friday, "but I think we can all raise the level a little bit, and honestly we're going to have to do that to push this to a seventh game". Well, it paid off as the Flyers took game five by a score of 4-2 to stave off elimination. He essentially carried the team on his back after being down 3-0 in the series and gave them a chance to draw even for a Game 7 in Washington, a task only done by nine teams at the time.

The Predators are 11-2 in Smashville since the start of the 2017 playoffs, a run that started by finishing off a sweep of Chicago in the first round a year ago.

The Philadelphia Flyers face a must-win game tonight against the Pittsburgh Penguins. If none of the first-round series go seven games, the second round could start earlier. With the Sharks up next in the second round, the Golden Knights can get to the Western Conference Final. In fact, the road team has won each of the last four meetings rather easily.

In the first period of Game 5, Malkin awkwardly tangled with Flyers defenseman Jori Lehtera.

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The speed and talent of Nathan MacKinnon and the solid play of Gabriel Landeskog has proved problematic for the Preds. It was his 2nd of the series and 33rd of the year.

They have loads of talent and are led by Filip Forsberg, Viktor Arvidsson, P.K. Subban, Roman Josi and goalie Pekka Rinne.

From what we've seen of the Penguins at the Wells Fargo Center this season, it's a given that they will bring their urgency.

It may not be enough, but the Preds will be forced to work for their win. "We need to do a better job of bringing the momentum back our way".

The Tampa Bay Lightning (-144) are favored against the New Jersey Devils (+130) for their Game 4 matchup on Wednesday. The Flyers were down 3-1 in the series after back-to-back bad losses at home to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Pittsburgh and the Columbus Blue Jackets will meet in the second round, and the Pens will be pushed to the limit before beating the feisty Jackets in seven games. In his seven-year National Hockey League career, all with Philadelphia, Couturier has 101 goals and 166 assists for 267 points in 498 career games.

Giroux not only scored a goal but played 27 shifts and shook off a big hit by Pittsburgh's Jamie Oleksiak to finish the game. "It's got to be our best game". Despite the pressure they applied, Neuvirth stood tall, allowing a goal to T.J. Oshie early on in the final period, but coming up with some tough saves late in the period to preserve the win. The Devils are 8-4 in their last 12 games.

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