Series breakdown: Flyers (5) vs. Penguins (4)
If the re-match of last year's Eastern Conference final looks like a pick 'em, well, it could be. But the matter of how each team arrived here could tell the tale.
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The Flyers, on the other hand, struggled to put together a 60-minute effort over the season's final six weeks, during which they played sub-.500 hockey. Most distressing was the final weekend. All they needed was a single point at home against the Rangers to clinch fourth place. They dropped their final game in regulation despite taking a lead into the third.
Sure, the Flyers are deeper and healthier than when the two teams met last year. But that deeper, healthier team had home ice heading into the final week of the season and blew it. Don't be surprised if that comes back to haunt them.