The Pens' first-round matchup is set, and for the first time in the Crosby Era, the Pens will not have the two best players on the ice in a playoff series.
|Not going to lie. A little nervous.|
1) This is a 50/50 series. We've recently written that Tampa sucks, but that doesn't mean the Pens are the favorites. When you can't score three goals with any regularity, and you're playing a team loaded with top-end talent, the potential for a "Pens outshoot Lightning 41-24, lose 4-2" headline is omnipresent.
2) If form holds in Round 1, which it never does in the NHL, you-know-who is on deck for Round 2.
3) The Carolina Hurricanes saw the egg the Rangers laid against Atlanta on Thursday, and raised them a baker's dozen. Inexcusable performance on home ice. Should we be giving some credit to the Lightning? Probably, but Tampa sucks. (If we say it enough, we can convince ourselves it's true).