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Bruins-Flyers prediction roundup

Posted by Staff  April 30, 2010 03:14 PM

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Compiled by Sopan Deb, Boston.com web intern

Now this is a series that not many people thought they would be writing about. In this unlikely throwback matchup, many in the media see the series as a toss-up dependent on many x-factors, most notably the return of primary Bruins playmaker Marc Savard. Here is a rundown of some thoughts on the series from outside the Boston media.

Scott Burnside, ESPN.com
This series should be a bit of a throwback, with every square inch of ice hotly contested. We didn't believe in the Bruins down the stretch and we didn't believe in them against Buffalo, and we find no reason to start now. The Flyers' top-end guys like Mike Richards, Kimmo Timonen, Daniel Briere and Pronger assure us a third straight Philadelphia-Pittsburgh playoff clash.

Prediction: Flyers in 7. Read the full story here.

Lyle Richardson, Fox Sports.com
This should be a very physical series but ultimately the Bruins are healthier and have superior goaltending depth, which should be more than enough to defeat the Flyers.

Prediction: Bruins in 6. Read the full story here.

Phil Sheridan, Philadelphia Inquirer
Instead, they get the rested Bruins, who got an emotional lift when the Canadiens eliminated the Caps. Instead of starting out on the road in Pittsburgh, against the defending Stanley Cup champs, the Bruins have home-ice advantage against a team missing Jeff Carter, Simon Gagne, and Ian Laperriere. It has to look and feel like a more winnable series to Boston.

Read the full story here.

Tim Panaccio, CSNPhilly.com
6th-seeded Boston vs. 7th-seeded Flyers: Every instinct tells me to take the Bruins given the depleted Flyers' lineup. Yet the Flyers have gotten a lot out of this group in the first round. Problem is, Boston is better than New Jersey and Ian Laperriere's loss is about to be magnified. Tuukka Rask and Brian Boucher have been even in goal. Yet my gut says the physical style of this series will better suit the Flyers and someone unexpected will step up again.

Prediction: Flyers in seven games. Read the full story here.

Philadelphia Daily News writers
Here is a rundown of the Philadelphia Daily News writers’ picks on the series. Indicative of how evenly matched the two teams are, even the home team writers are split as to who will win the series.

NHL.com
What stands out in this Eastern Conference semifinal is who will be in and out of the lineup. The Flyers are missing three important forwards -- Jeff Carter, Simon Gagne and Ian Laperriere -- while the Bruins are welcoming their top offensive player, Marc Savard, back into the lineup after a severe concussion. Those are significant changes for both teams and will go a long way in determining who will advance to the Eastern Conference finals. As of Friday, the fans on the site's poll were leaning more toward the Flyers to win the series.

Read the full article here.

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