The Colorado Avalanche will face the Philadelphia Flyers in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Here’s a look at the key matchups and what to watch for.
The first gameThe Avalanche will take on the Flyers on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
The Flyers have been in first place in the Metropolitan Division since the season opener.
They lead the Metropolitan by just two points with a 1-0-0 record.
The Flyers are riding a five-game winning streak, and they’ve won five straight at home, winning four straight at the Pepsi Center.
They’ve also won three straight at Colorado.
The first round series is one of the most intriguing in the NHL, as the Avalanche will have a chance to prove their playoff credentials if they can get past the Flyers.
They will play the Flyers in their home arena, the Pepsi Arena.
The Colorado-born team has a tradition of winning big, so they have a lot of history with winning the Stanley Cups.
The Avs won the Cup in 1999, 2002, 2006 and 2008.
The Avalanche won it in 2008 in Denver, and it’s always been an intense rivalry.
The rivalry started when Colorado was a young franchise that was led by a young winger, Gabriel Landeskog.
The Penguins won the cup in 1993, but they lost the next season to the Colorado Panthers in the final game.
The Panthers won the next two Cups.
The Colorado-based team has been successful at home since the 2010-11 season, winning 11 of the past 12 games.
They were swept by the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Finals, and the team lost in seven games in the conference finals in 2012.
This will be the first game at home for both teams.
The teams split in the 2011-12 season.
The Penguins are coming off a season in which they finished in the bottom half of the league in scoring (35.7 goals per game), goals per 60 minutes (2.5), power-play goals (3.3) and penalty kill (44.8).
The Penguins also allowed a whopping 5.0 goals per sixty minutes at even strength (11th in the league).
The Avians defense is a tough one to stop, and their goaltending is very good.
The top-ranked Avs defense last season ranked fifth in the entire NHL in penalty kill at 18.8 per game.
They have also won seven of their last eight games, including a 2-1 win over the Boston Red Sox in the series opener.
The Avs also had a difficult start to the season.
They went 1-11-0 at home last season.
However, they have improved in the last four games, going 5-1-1 since their win over New York Rangers.
The most impressive thing about this series is how well the Avs are playing at home.
They are winning by a large margin, and even though they are winning at the road, they are still a good team to play.
They can be dangerous on the power play, and are third in the League in scoring.
This will be an interesting series, but it won’t be easy.
The Pens are in the Eastern Conference semifinals, and have a win over a team that has won the Presidents’ Trophy four times.
The Rangers are in a tough situation in the Atlantic Division, and will be looking for a victory against a team with a winning record.
If they win the series, it would put them in a playoff spot for the first time since 2009-10.
The Pens are playing for the Stanley Trophy as the NHL’s best team, and there will be plenty of pressure on the Avions defense.
They play a physical style of hockey, and Pittsburgh has had a very good season at home in recent years.
They won the Stanley Championship in 2014, but fell short in the second round last year.
The last time Pittsburgh won a Cup was in 2002.
The Avalanche play the New York Islanders on Thursday.
The Islanders won their second Stanley Cup in four years, beating the Bruins 2-0 in Game 5 of the Eastern semifinals.
The Isles have won their last four playoff games.