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Taking the Pittsburgh Penguins or the ‘Field’ to come out of the Eastern Conference in the 2018 playoffs?

The Penguins begin their quest for a three-peat tonight at the PPG Paints Arena where they boasted a 30-9-2 home record.

If the Penguins, as expected, get by the Flyers, Pittsburgh would likely be a slight favorite next round vs Washington or a heavier favorite were the Blue Jackets advance.

A Three-Peat is looking a bit dicey based on the Penguins body of work this season, but the expectation game should be pinning the Penguins as a favorite against any team in the Metro Bracket.

One clear edge the Penguins have over the Flyers in Round 1 is the Penguins speed game in transition, while talk among scouts, coaches is Pittsburgh’s forward depth will likely be the difference in this series.

“The Flyers big boys are going really well and they have a chance to cancel out Pittsburgh’s big boys,” an Eastern Conference Scout says of the Flyers…..But, where are the other game breakers coming from to put Pittsburgh in an awkward position?”

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William DePaoli

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William DePaoli is the President/Founder of Inside Pittsburgh Sports LLC and can be reached at wdepaoli@insidepittsburghsports.com

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