Preview: Montreal Canadiens vs. Philadelphia Flyers

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Preview: Montreal Canadiens vs. Philadelphia Flyers
Tomorrow night is when Round 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs begins.  In the Eastern Conference semi-finals the majority of people will be focusing on one series - Montreal vs. Philadelphia.

While those two may not be the biggest of rivals, it is still going to be an intense series.  There will surely be more speed to these games, and that means more end-to-end action with few whistles in between.

The boo-birds are going to come in handy for the Canadiens.  More than likely, as they did for Zdeno Chara, they will boo Daniel Briere each time he touches the puck, just as they did during the regular season.  It is also likely that the fans will be upset if Philadelphia does not get called for a penalty, especially since they know they have had an influence on the referees in games past (Recall: Daniel Briere's phantom call).  Home ice advantage is obviously criticle for Montreal.

Don't expect much to change for the Canadiens.  Price should be even more focused than he was for Boston, hopefully playing as spectacular as he did in Game 7 against the Bruins.  The Kostitsyn brothers should continue to fly.  And with Koivu now more certain to get a lot of ice time, the captain should pile up the assists with his amazing passing abilities if not the goals.  Koivu will remain key on the faceoffs. We can only hope Guy Carbonneau does not change his lines.

My prediction is Montreal takes the series in 5.  Anyone agree??

 

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