Meanwhile, Derick Brassard is listed as a game-time decision for the opener due to a lower-body injury. The Penguins killed off the penalty and maintained their five-goal lead. Malkin drew a hooking penalty to negate a Pittsburgh power play, and when he emerged from the penalty box, he whizzed past three Flyers in one sequence, darting by Jakub Voracek, slipping past Claude Giroux and then fending off Shayne Gostisbehere before flicking a backhand past Elliott to put the Penguins up 3-0 before the series was 15 minutes old. Nashville knows full well what can happen once the puck drops in the playoffs.
Neuvirth is still listed as day-to-day with a lower body injury and has played just 28 minutes of hockey since February 18.
Elliott stopped Kris Letang's slap shot with his blocker only to see the long rebound go right to Rust, who ripped it over Elliott's right shoulder to give the Penguins the lead 2:38 into the game.
Earlier in the period, the Flyers almost tied the score at 1-1, but an all-alone Scott Laughton couldn't finish a golden opportunity in front.
The Avalanche, however could be a surprise team if Nathan MacKinnon can take over the playoffs and backup Jonathon Bernier can play steady enough to right the ship. Marleau scored 27 goals for the Maple Leafs, including five on the power play and five game winners.
The Flyers opened the second period with some decent scoring chances and some rushes that looked promising but fizzled out.
Based on the excitement of the rivalry and abundance of superstars on both sides, this Penguins-Flyers rematch should easily be one of the most entertaining series of the opening round, it just appears Philadelphia will have to battle the misfortune of pulling one of a handful of teams that can match or overpower its offensive abilities.
A dagger came midway through the second on another Penguin power play, as Jake Guentzel converted with a man advantage to make it 4-0, and Sidney Crosby got in on the action too seconds later to up things to 5-0.
Just over one minute later, the Flyers got out of sorts in the defensive zone again and that led to another goal.
Only 1:11 later, Guentzel fed defenseman Brian Dumoulin from the boards to the top of the left circle.
Hakstol was asked about a potential change after the game and seemed to have confidence in going back to Elliott.
Keith Wachtel, chief revenue officer and executive vice president for the National Hockey League, said: "Our main goal is to bring these memorable moments to the broadest possible audience, and partnering with a powerful brand like Hulu will allow us to drive deeper engagement with our fans". Murray stopped 24 shots.
Tiebreakers will be determined by the Stanley Cup Final goals prediction on the bracket.
The last time the Penguins and Flyers met in the post-season six years ago, it was a wild affair with the two teams combining for 56 goals in six games. In 159 career playoff games (he has started all of them), Holtby has a GAA of 2.00 and a save percentage of.932.
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Both teams have the weapons to consistently light the lamp, and considering Pittsburgh's depth and goaltending advantage, it will be paramount for Philadelphia's stars to find ways to create offense.