NHL Playoffs 2011: 5 Predictions for the Sabres vs. Flyers Opening Series

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NHL Playoffs 2011: 5 Predictions for the Sabres vs. Flyers Opening Series
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The opening of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals will mark the start of another chapter in the Philadelphia Flyers and Buffalo Sabres playoff rivalry that dates back to 1975.

The Flyers lead the Sabres with five series victories in eight attempts, but the Sabres have won the last two matchups–2001 and 2006.

While the Flyers should have a definite edge with their second seed, they struggled to close out the season, winning just seven of their final 20 games. The Sabres, on the other hand, went on an impressive 16-4-4 hot streak to make the playoffs.

The teams matchup reasonably well–the Flyers' forwards are deep and talented, their defensemen are big and physical and their goaltending is a question mark. The Sabres' forwards are small and fast, their defensemen are underrated and their goaltending is spectacular.

So what's going to happen?

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