And it's one they're more than ready for. The Jets offense will be too much for the Wild to handle considering they will be without one of their top defenseman Ryan Suter, who suffered a broken leg.
The Flyers, meanwhile, were a team of ups and downs.
There was always a bit of a rivalry between the teams, stemming from early decades of the Flyers beating up the inept Pens, then having it shift nearly the other way when hockey lord and future franchise savior Mario Lemieux alighted.
Another team that will not be making a 2018 playoff appearance is the Dallas Stars. And better the Penguins became.
The Pittsburgh Penguins and the Philadelphia Flyers are set to play in the playoffs for the first time since their famous 2012 series. Philadelphia has Claude Giroux, Wayne Simmonds, and Jakub Voracek. They're meeting a Maple Leafs team anchored by a young dynamic trio of Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, and William Nylander. They have all the pieces on paper.
Now, we know the schedule for the series. They have shown everyone how well they can during the last couple of years. The surprising Avalanche finished with 95 points - 47 more than they earned in 2016-17 - to get back in the playoffs for just the second time since 2011.
Former gold medalist Alex Ovechkin leads the National Hockey League in goals with 49 and plays with a style of arrogance that is fun to watch. The Penguins have gone 30-11 here at home for the year and they have averaged 3.63 gpg and have allowed 2.68 gpg in those games. The two teams combined for 56 goals - with the Flyers putting up back-to-back eight-goal efforts in Games 2 and 3 and the Pens scoring 10 times in Game 4 - numerous fights, and plenty of bad blood. If necessary, Games 5 and 7 will be played in Tampa, and Game 6 in Newark. Toronto had done well to battle back from a 3-1 series deficit to force Game 7, but then it all came apart.
The Flyers couldn't have envisioned that the Devils were going to knock them off so easily in five games in the second round.
If you like high-end talent, this is the series for you. "It was probably not like any other series, where usually it's tight and defensive". Kane scored nine goals, including two game-winners, and added five assists in 17 games. "A lot of momentum swings on both sides".
Yet the game has changed dramatically since, and the physical manifestations of the relationship between these players has dwindled.
Subscribers to Hulu's $39.99 a month live TV service will be able to stream the Stanley Cup Playoffs on NBC, NBC Sports Network (NBCSN), CNBC, USA Network and the Golf Channel, and the Stanley Cup Final on NBC and NBCSN. Malkin leads in goals with 40 while Crosby tops in assists with 60.
It is one special unit.
Can the Penguins power play be stopped?The Penguins expected goals for on the power play was 8.28 which was fifth overall in the league.
Pittsburgh finished the regular season with 100 points, just two more than Philadelphia. Fans could also elect to receive game start notifications alerting them when their selected teams' games were about to start. So you can't give them the chance to get momentum.
There are going to be inevitable articles about the Capitals', um, troubled playoff history. (I'll never forgive you for that lack of effort against the Broad Street Bullies, New York Rangers).
"What I take going into the playoffs is staying in the moment, not riding the roller coaster", Elliott said in a measured tone. "You have to be in control of your emotions".
Storyline: Can the Flyers be the ones to stop the possible three-peat? Call it a post-championship hangover, or whatever, but the Penguins took their time finding a rhythm this season.
Nashville over Anaheim in five games.
But those Flyers penalties didn't only result from random acts of frustration. If they lose, and even they lose because Bernier wasn't good, I can't complain. It's hard to compare but certainly you can take lessons from it.