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Prediction: Philadelphia Flyers win series, 4-2.
The Flyers were able to tick the Penguins off to the extent that Sidney Crosby and Marc-Andre Fleury were completely off their games.
Despite a horrendous goaltending performance by Ilya Bryzgalov, Philly's offense propelled it into the second round. I will say that Bryz was very good in Game 7, and if you're the Flyers, you're hoping that's the start of a hot streak for the Russian netminder.
New Jersey's big guns were kept relatively silent in the first round, and unless that changes, the Devils could be in trouble. Conversely, Claude Giroux, Daniel Briere and several other Flyers forwards have made plenty of noise.
Marty Brodeur came up big when his team needed it most against Florida, but the Flyers have far too many weapons for Brodeur to face on his own. If he's the only line of defense, this could be a quick series. Andy Greene, Anton Volchenkov and Marek Zidlicky have to step up.
I like the Flyers in six...if Bryzgalov shows up for 'em. Everyone's firing on all cylinders, from the rookies to the vets, and I really like the way this team is playing. As long as the floodgates stay (relatively) shut, this is Philly's series to lose.
New Jersey needs to stay out of the box if it's going to have a shot at winning this series. Like Florida, the Flyers are lethal with the man advantage, and if you make those types of mistakes, you're going to get burned.