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I have took a close eye at the NHL Standings as of late. If the season ended today, the Philadelphia Flyers (#3 in Metro, 28-19-5 record 65 points) would face the Pittsburgh Penguins (#2 in Metro, 31-22-4 record 66 points) in the first-round of the playoffs. How would that matchup be?
Well, this would be the first time since the 2012 playoffs that these two teams would meet. Philadelphia defeated Pittsburgh in six games in the first-round that season. There was a ton of offense in that series and Ilya Bryzgalov and Marc-Andre Fleury were the goalies then and they both struggled in that season.
The goalies now would be Brian Elliott or Michal Neuvirth for the Flyers and Matt Murray for the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Keystone Rivalry would be back on and the intensity would be turned up a notch.
It would be good for the NHL if this series happened. Even though Pittsburgh has beaten Philadelphia twice this season, this wouldn’t be an easy series for the Penguins. I would expect them to win this series in six because of the experience and firepower on offense they possess, but don’t tell me that the Flyers wouldn’t be pumped up for a series like this and show up.