Series breakdown: Flyers (2) vs. Bruins (3)
To that end, the Bruins are deeper, bigger and healthier than they were against the Flyers in last season's playoff match-up. The additions of Rich Peverley and Chris Kelly have given the B's a legitimate third line, which flourished in the ECQF when the two switched positions during that series with Peverley in the middle and Kelly on the wing. The added balance allows the Bruins to play a game with pace or a heavier game, whichever is required.
That's also the makeup of the Flyers. They are ferocious on the forecheck and relentless in their puck pursuit. They have skill down the middle -- how many teams could absorb the loss of a player of Jeff Carter's caliber? -- and mobility on the backend. If Chris Pronger can find ways to contribute defensively, that would be a huge boost to the Flyers' cause. Their combination of grit and go makes them tough to handle in the offensive zone. Daniel Briere was magnificent around the Sabres' net in round one and that will be the area where this series in decided. If the Flyers have their way at the top of the crease, the Bruins will be hard pressed to advance.