Both Montreal and Philadelphia were very banged up this season, especially at poor times of the season.
In Philadelphia, the goaltending situation hurt them the most.
Ray Emery was brought in to be the No. 1 goalie. Emery only played 29 games, going 16-11-1.
Brian Boucher played 33 games, going 9-18-3, while Michael Leighton held the Flyers in a playoff position with a 16-5-2 record through 27 games.
Johan Backlund and Jeremy Duchense also both saw playing time.
Losing Jeff Carter late in the season hurt the Flyers and was a big reason for them making the playoffs on the last day.
If the goaltending had been more consistent and healthy, the Flyers wouldn't have had to clinch a spot on the last day of the season.
In Montreal, injuries to key players hurt them down the stretch.
Mike Cammalleri missed 17 games this season due to a injured MCL. Brian Gionta was out 20 games with injury. Andrei Kostitsyn only played 59 games, Glen Metropolit played only 69 games, and Paul Mara and Ryan O'Byrne didn't play more than 60 games.
And the killer, Andrei Markov was injured in the first game of the year and ended up only playing in 45 games.
And now he's injured again.
The Canadiens lost well over 200 man games to injury this season and it hurt them dearly.
If you remember when the Canadiens finished first in the East, it was due to a lack of injuries.
Any team that struggles with injuries during the season cannot be counted out in the playoffs. Because usually that's when their big guns come to play.