NHL Playoff Schedule 2018: TV Coverage, Live-Stream Guide for Sunday Matchups

Steve Silverman@@profootballboyFeatured ColumnistApril 15, 2018

Claude Giroux will attempt to give the Flyers a 2-1 series lead over the Penguins.
Claude Giroux will attempt to give the Flyers a 2-1 series lead over the Penguins.Tom Mihalek/Associated Press

The Philadelphia Flyers laid a large egg in Game 1, falling 7-0 to the Pittsburgh Penguins. They rebounded nicely in Game 2, recording a 5-1 victory in Pittsburgh to square the series.

As the two teams prepare for Game 3 in Philadelphia, has momentum shifted to the Flyers or did the Penguins merely play a poor game?

If the latter is the case, Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel will almost certainly bounce back and play a much better brand of hockey in Game 3.

Perhaps the Penguins thought they had the series under control after their football-like margin on the scoreboard in the series opener. However, Pittsburgh had several chances that it was unable to capitalize on, and that seems unlikely to happen again.

Crosby was unable to convert on a breakaway, and he also missed a wide-open net near the end of the second period that would have changed the momentum.

The Flyers are one of the best offensive teams in the NHL, and if they can get an early lead, they are capable of stretching it out and taking the advantage in the series. Claude Giroux, Sean Couturier and Shayne Gostisbehere are capable of triggering the Philadelphia offense and giving Pittsburgh goalie Matt Murray a problem.

That's what happened in Game 2, according to Couturier.

"We played a 200-foot game and did all the little things right," said Couturier, per Sam Carchidi of Philly.com. "We've fought back from some tough losses and it was no different tonight."

The Penguins and Flyers will face off at 3 p.m. ET, and NBC will televise the game.

                

Sunday's Stanley Cup Schedule.

Pittsburgh Penguins at Philadelphia Flyers, 3 p.m., NBC. Series tied 1-1.

Winnipeg Jets at Minnesota Wild, 7 p.m., USA. Winnipeg leads the series 2-0

Columbus Blue Jackets at Washington Capitals, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN. Columbus leads the series 1-0

Vegas Golden Knights at Los Angeles Kings, 10:30 p.m., NBCSN, Vegas leads the series 2-0.

All times are ET. Games can be live-streamed on NBC Sports Live.

                   

Now the Minnesota Wild are at home, they have to find a way to slow down the rampaging Winnipeg Jets.

The Jets won puck battles and races in gaining their two-game edge, and they will attempt to use their size, physical strength and speed at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. The Wild should come with a more competitive effort, but it will still be quite a challenge to get the best of the Jets.

The Wild are without injured defenseman Ryan Suter, and they are lacking something of a physical presence. Minnesota can use the grit of Eric Staal and Zach Parise, along with Jason Zucker and Matt Dumba, to push the Jets hard and potentially win a game or two at home.

Still, even if the Wild come out with energy and take an early lead, the Jets are likely to respond. Blake Wheeler, Patrik Laine and Dustin Byfuglien are capable of responding with big plays in the offensive zone.

Byfuglien's physical play is likely to be a key factor in every postseason game the Jets play.

"We have a game plan, being physical is one of our strong suits," Byfuglien said, per Tim Campbell of NHL.com. "You know, we just want to play fast, just be on the body. If the hits are there, take it. Don't go chasing them. We played a good team game, and we stuck through it all 60."

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