You wouldn't be able to write a better Hollywood script for this one. Everything from the draft lottery which gave the Blackhawks Kane and the fact that former Flyers goaltender Ray Emery now plays for Chicago.
Most Flyers fans like to believe that if Emery was healthy during the Stanley Cup Finals, things might have been different. Both teams have relatively the same core group of players from two years ago—the Flyers have a reinvigorated corp.
After all the hype, there is the nuts and bolts to this matchup.
Both teams have suffered from shaky goaltending this year—what else is new?
The Flyers' plus-19 gives them the advantage over the Blackhawks plus-7. Each team has also hit the 200-goal mark.
The Flyers also match up better against the Blackhawks than any other team in the Western Conference. Nashville's retooled team would likely smother the Flyers' youthful attack, and Pekka Rinne would be the favorite over Bryzgalov in a low-scoring affair.
Detroit just has too much playoff savvy for a young team like Philadelphia.
Vancouver would be an easier foe than Detroit, but Philadelphia would still be be outmatched. Maybe with a healthy Chris Pronger they could do it, but otherwise, unlikely.
Those are the four contenders I see coming out of the West this year, and out of all those teams Chicago would make a better dancing partner.
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