This is the sixth meeting of the two teams in the playoffs, including last year when the Flyers came back from a 3-0 deficit to deal the Bruins a shocking defeat in the conference semifinals.
The Bruins were 3-0-1 in the regular season against Flyers, but in the second season, all of that can be thrown out the window. These are two very evenly matched teams that promise to grind out every single play.
Last season, the Flyers were able to figure out Bruins netminder Tuuku Rask, however this year they’ll be dealing with Vezina Trophy candidate Tim Thomas, who was instrumental in leading the Bruins to their victory over the Montreal Canadiens in the first round.
One thing that the Bruins absolutely MUST do is figure out their woeful power play situation. They were shut out in 21 man-advantage opportunities against Les Habitants, and the Flyers have an excellent penalty-killing unit.
David Krejci, who led the Bruins in scoring during the regular season, will also need to step up against the Flyers, notching only one point in the first round against the Canadiens. And Thomas Kablerle will need to morph back into the offensive-minded force on defense that the Bruins traded for last March.
My bold prediction for this series? Bruins in six. I believe that the Bruins are reenergized from their series with the Canadiens, and they are looking to erase the memories of last year’s devastating at the hands of the Flyers.
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