Pittsburgh Penguins-Philadelphia Flyers: Stanley Cup Round One Preview
It even gives Mr. Draft Dodger himself the shakes. whoooooooooo.
The Flyers had a chance to clinch home ice this past weekend, but not surprisingly, they choked.
There are tons of great match ups you could talk about in this series.
The Pens' revamped power play versus the Flyers top ranked penalty kill. Sidney Crosby versus Mike Richards, which has developed into quite the on-ice feud over the past two seasons.
You could talk about Scott Hartnell, but why would you waste your time?
Milan Kraft scores 30 goals playing with Carter and Lupul, take that to the bank.
You could talk about the Flyers not winning a Stanley Cup since the mid-70s or about the Pens eliminating them from last year's playoff picture in five games in the Eastern Conference Finals, after the Flyers prevailed over the Pens in 1989, 1997, and 2000.
You might even wonder if Evgeni Malkin will continue his regular season on-ice dominance once the playoffs begin.
You can make all the predictions, guesses, hypotheses, and bets that you want.
Or you could take a look at Martin Biron and realize that the Flyers aren't going anywhere, this year, or next, or the following. Not with French Toast minding their net.
If the playoffs are famous for one thing, it's exposing weaknesses, and ladies and gentlemen, Martin Biron is the Flyers' weakness.
Is he their only weakness? Probably not. Will he steal a game for his team? Most likely.
The fact of the matter is that Martin Biron will not suffice to thwart the Penguins' attack.
This is not a prediction, nor is it a Guerin-tee, it is simply a recitation of facts.
Special teams will be the key to this playoff series. If the Pens can come out on the winning end of the special team battle, their chances of advancing to the next round will increase 100-fold.
Keep in mind that a seven game series is not won in one game.
If there's anything we all should have learned from last year's playoffs, it is that a playoff series can take years off of your life.
This year will be no different. We will celebrate victory, sulk in defeat, be on top of the world, and on the bottom of the barrel, and it will begin in a matter of less than 48 hours.
Hang on tight, put away your razor, and think of every possible way you can harass every Flyers' fan you know after a big win, keeping in mind that they are about to do the same thing to you.
The playoffs are here, and it truly is a great day for hockey.
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