smithlucky: Of the eight teams with the fewest combined seasons

Of the eight teams with the fewest combined seasons

18 Апр 2018 в 09:40am

of playoff experience, Winnipeg and Colorado were the only two to make the playoffs. Winnipeg has just 37 combined Jarran Reed Womens Jersey seasons  of playoff experience, which is tied for third fewest, well behind its first-round opponent, which ranks third with 97. YouthCarlosRuizReplicaGreenMajesticJersey:MLBSeattleMariners#52SalutetoServiceThat means that there are quite a few notable playoff debuts for the Jets, including Patrik Laine, Nikolaj Ehlers, Kyle Connor and goalie Connor Hellebuyck. That's why Winnipeg will be relying on Paul Stastny, who was acquired from the St. Louis Blues at the trade deadline. He leads the team with 14 goals, 21 assists and 35 points in 55 games in six seasons. Dustin Byfuglien is the only other player with more than three goals, and Mathieu Perreault ranks third with 11 points. On the Wild, the most experienced player is Matt Cullen, who has played 123 playoff games in nine seasons for eight different teams, and has won the Stanley Cup three times. Zach Parise and Ryan Suter lead the team with 10 seasons, but the latter is out of the lineup with a broken right ankle. Parise leads the team with 32 goals and 71 points. The Penguins have the clear edge here, and lead the NHL with a combined 271 playoff goals, 443 assists and 714 points. Their two key scorers are Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby, who have each competed in the playoffs 10 times, and have each won a Conn Smythe. Malkin has 58 goals, 99 assists and 157 points in 149 games, while Crosby has 57 goals, 107 assists and 164 points in 148 games. Add in Kris Letang and Carl Hagelin, and Pittsburgh has four players with at least 110 games of playoff experience. Philadelphia's most experienced player is Valtteri Filppula, who has 24 goals, 55 assists and 79 points in 152 games in 10 seasons. Claude Giroux, who has 23 goals, is the only other player with at least 10 playoff goals. Perhaps because their blue line had a combined total of 38 games of postseason experience, the Flyers added Johnny Oduya, who has played 106 games in nine postseasons, at the trade deadline. Emily Kaplan, national NHL reporter: The Avalanche. Going into their series against the Nashville Predators, there was no doubt which team was better. The Predators are deeper, more intimidating on defense, have a more skilled goalie and are better seasoned by far. (The Avalanche have a combined 175 games of playoff experience, the least of any team in the postseason; 14 Colorado players had never played in the postseason until last week.) In the first two games, the Avs have been able to hang with the Predators in a way few imagined they could. Colorado has struck quickly (in both games, scoring on its first shot on goal) and stayed competitive late (two goals in the third period of Game 2). The Avalanche have compensated for deficiencies; for example, defenseman Patrik Nemeth (career-high 25:54 ice time in Game 2) stepped up for an injured Sam Girard. Their first line remains productive. But in both games, it wasn't enough. The only advantage the Avalanche have left is home ice. They went 28-11-2 at the Pepsi Center this season. Nathan MacKinnon has been especially terrific there (67 points at home, versus 30 on the road). If Colorado can't win on Monday night, I'm afraid the inevitable will happen: The more talented team will prevail. Greg Wyshynski, senior writer: If we're talking about teams that are currently down 3-0, then it's the Kings, because this isn't 2014, Vegas isn't San Jose and L.A. has looked like it's running on fumes too many times in this (likely quite brief) series. But if we're talking about teams on the verge of going down 3-0, it's the Capitals against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Let's put their playoff pedigree aside for a moment. Only five teams have lost Games 1 and 2 of a best-of-seven series at home in OT. Each of those five teams went on to lose their series. So history is working against them. But if they have a prayer of bucking that trend and winning this series, they have to win Game 3. Throw Braden Holtby back between the pipes, correcting the now undeniable miscalculation by coach Barry Trotz to start Philipp Grubauer (.837 save percentage and pulled in Game 2) in the first two home games. Hope that the Blue Jackets lack the playoff maturity to take command of a series like this, and that Game 2 was the best they'll see from Sergei Bobrovsky. Back to their playoff pedigree: The Capitals are perhaps the most unlikely team in the postseason to rally from an 3-0 hole, which would be the fifth time it's been done in NHL history. Now, rallying from that deficit only to lose in a Game 7? That would fit much better in Washington's endless parade of humbling postseason disasters. Chris Peters, NHL prospects columnist: It's the Toronto Maple Leafs. Courtney Upshaw Youth jersey I thought they'd put up a much better fight against the Boston Bruins, but no team has looked as dialed in as Boston during the early stages of this postseason. The Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak line appears near unstoppable at this point, with 20 points collectively through two games. If Toronto can't stop the bleeding in Game 3, I wonder if the Leafs should even come out for Game 4.


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