Playoffgoaltending ranked 1 (best) to 16 (worst)
This is an article from the April 14, 2008 issue
1 Canadiens vs. 8Bruins
Expect Montreal's skilled forwards to overwhelm Boston at times. The Bruins'only hope is for mammoth defenseman Zdeno Chara (right) to do it all: shut downAlex Kovalev (left), score and help defuse the Canadiens' highly potent powerplay. It's too much to ask.
Canadiens in six
2 Penguins vs. 7Senators
When Pittsburgh was hit by injuries, Evgeni Malkin (left) and his matesrallied—now the Penguins are a deeper team for it. In Ottawa the absence ofinjured forwards Daniel Alfredsson and Mike Fisher will be too much for superbplaymaker Jason Spezza (right) to overcome.
Penguins in five
3 Capitals vs. 6Flyers
This could be the nastiest series of the entire playoffs. Philadelphia, with6'5", 220-pound defenseman Braydon Coburn (right), will try to intimidateWashington forwards Nicklas Backstrom (left) and Alex Ovechkin; Caps leaderOvie, though, is not easily intimidated.
Capitals in seven
4 Devils vs. 5Rangers
Another slugfest. Both teams battle hard for goals, and New York's suddenlybalanced offense—watch third-liners Chris Drury (right) and Ryan Callahan—couldwear down New Jersey checkers such as John Madden (left). Will Devilsgamebreaker Zach Parise get loose?
Rangers in seven