Pittsburgh Penguins: Team Faces Montreal in Stanley Cup Playoffs

The NHL has officially announced the qualifying round Schedule of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but the times of the games have yet to be determined. The Pittsburgh Penguins will be facing the Montreal Canadiens in the qualifying round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Pittsburgh’s first game in Toronto against Montreal will be on Saturday, August 1. It will only be a best-of-five series. If the Penguins advance to the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, they would face either the Washington Capitals, Philadelphia Flyers, Tampa Bay Lightning, or Boston Bruins.

The other four games in this series will be: Game 2 Monday, August 3, Game 3 Wednesday, August 5, Game 4 Friday, August 7, and Game 5 Saturday, August 8. Game 4 and Game 5 will be an if necessary situation.

No Problem Pens

The Pittsburgh Penguins should win this series in four games or less. It will be interesting to see what would happen if they didn’t win the series. They could potentially land Alexis Lafreniere with the number one pick and that would be intriguing with this franchise.

That is something they don’t want though. They want their names engraved on the Stanley Cup for the third time in five years and for the sixth time in franchise history.

Pittsburgh knows that they have a lot on the line this postseason. Sidney Crosby wants to lead them to another Stanley Cup title. He is the heartbeat of this hockey team. Crosby has already won three Stanley Cup titles and two Conn Smythe Trophies.

Evgeni Malkin also won a Conn Smythe Trophy back in 2009. This team is on a mission with head coach Mike Sullivan and general manager Jim Rutherford. It is going to be interesting to see what happens with this team down the road.

Other Notables

Jake Guentzel is coming back from a shoulder injury back in December against the Ottawa Senators. Matt Murray or Tristan Jarry will be the starting goalie for this team. We will see what happens moving forward, however.

Also, one of the biggest question marks for Montreal this series is forward Max Domi and goalie Carey Price. Domi is going to wait seven to 10 days on making a decision on whether or not he will join the team for the series.

Max Domi is one of their better players and he is dealing with Type 1 Diabetes. As for Price, his wife is expecting a baby and he isn’t sure if it is worth the risk or not.

Charlie Lindgren would be the starting goalie for Montreal if Price can’t go. The Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Montreal Canadiens two-out-of-three times this season. Pittsburgh should have the massive advantage in this one and Claude Julien‘s squad will look to pull off a massive upset as a No. 12 seed over a No. 5 seed.

What do you think of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ chances in the qualifying round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Montreal Canadiens? Leave a comment below.

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