Eastern Conference Final breakdown
You would have cashed in on some pretty long odds if you'd gambled on a resumption of The Battle of Pennsylvania in the Eastern Conference Final. That the Penguins are here is not a huge surprise. They were, after all, the second-best team in the East, and with
The Flyers, on the other hand, are playing with house money. A team that was still chasing a playoff berth heading into the season's final weekend, they've used an aggressive forecheck, enviable scoring depth, and a
The Flyers will employ the same banging style that powered those first two upsets as they look to generate scoring chances by physically wearing down the Penguin defenders. It's a plan that's worked so far. Despite Pittsburgh's array of stars, Philadelphia actually ranks ahead of them in playoff scoring: 3.52 goals per game to 3.44. Led by
The Pittsburgh power play shredded the Rangers, one of the top penalty kills in the regular season, on the way to a series win in five games. The Flyers' PK, struggling at 77.2 percent in the playoffs, will be hard-pressed to keep Philly in the series if the Pens are given too many man-advantage chances.
Much has been made of the play of Pens netminder
On paper, it looks like a gross mismatch -- the speed, creativity and talent of Crosby, Malkin, Hossa,