"I know Mitch likes to pass the puck, but he's also a goal-scorer", Gilmour said.
Last year, the Capitals finished with 120 points but were beaten by the eventual Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins in six games in the conference semifinals. It was just so relaxed because it ended up being a really long year for us. They have three lines that feature at least one first-line player.
Babcock was unsure if he'd keep the pairings intact for Game 1.
The Penguins enter the playoffs without Kris Letang, their top defensemen, and Chris Kunitz and Carl Hagelin - two of their better forwards.
Maple Leafs: Frederik Andersen was just about as good as promised (33-16-14, 2.67, .918) but there are issues surrounding his health, and if he can't play, then Curtis McElhinney (6-7-0, 2.87, .914) will have to play well above expectations for the Leafs to have a chance.
Led by center Auston Matthews, the rookie with the most goals since Alex Ovechkin, Toronto will bring scoring, speed, and inexperience to Verizon Center Thursday, a bit like the Capitals did back in 2007-08, the first year in the Ovechkin era in which they made the playoffs. Instead, Bennett this season managed 13 goals and finished with 10 fewer points.
John Carlson, who is still working back from a lower-body injury that sidelined him for the last three games of the regular season, did not say whether he will play in the Capitals' playoff opener against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday.
The Capitals will start their quest for the Cup with an intriguing matchup against the Cinderella Maple Leafs in a tale of young versus old. "They're not being coddled". Plus our ability to help them sell, our ability to execute their event in a world class way and I think we've been able to demonstrate that. What changes, according to the 2008 Stanley Cup-winning coach? No matter how much you watched from the stands, no matter how much you watched on TV, no matter how much you heard about it, you don't understand the speed and intensity until you experience it yourself.More news: Valparaiso, Murray State Could Replace Wichita State In MVC
McDavid, who is just 20 years old, leads an Edmonton offense that has consistently been one of the league's most dominant throughout the regular season. Washington was the stingiest group in the National Hockey League, allowing only 2.22 goals per game during the regular season, while Toronto let in 2.95. "It's a great time to see who's a man and who's a boy, I guess". They are deep with playoff experience.
The Leafs at full health were already going to be challenged to slow the NHL's top team. Still, he was so excited, even after it was over.
For the most part, the Leafs high-scoring offense runs on speed, which the Capitals can counter with their strong puck-possession game.
What separates this game from the rest is the manner in which the Flyers lost.
It certainly is better for hockey, for worldwide relations and for Canadian television executives that the number of franchises based in Canada in the NHL playoffs has risen from zero in 2016 to five this spring. It feels like a sprint. Also, if you're interesting in watching one of the greatest goal-scorers of all-time and the greatest goal-scorer of this generation make another run at the Cup, this time with a team that could win it, this might be the series you're looking for. Use your emotion to your benefit.
Casey knows the road ahead well having been through it first in Seattle, then Dallas and now Toronto and he's got a definite plan in mind in terms of getting this team best prepared for what lies ahead. During that stretch, Jordan Weal had tied the game at one in the second period but the Flyers came away with nothing else despite outshooting the Bruins 23-15 through two periods.
The Maple Leafs are in the playoffs for just the second time in the past eight seasons. In a period Philadelphia only surrendered nine shots, the Leafs score four unanswered goals.