Originally Posted by 6sidedlie
I'll take Philalphia in 7. They are reminding me of the Ducks of last year, good huge forwards that are just beating up the other teams. This one easily can go either way but I'm gonna take Biron over Fleury.
Then Detroit in 5 to win their 10321094448 cup.
There are of course some obvious differences that need to be pointed out when comparing the Ducks of '07 and the '08 Flyers.
First and foremost, the Flyers have Biron, while the Ducks had Giguere. Giggy is a proven winner and a former Conn Smythe trophy winner (for a losing side no less). Biron is a lifetime backup who, although playing well this year, is just another name on the list of Flyers' goaltenders that just can't cut it.
Secondly, the Ducks had a defensive core that had Pronger, Niedermayer, and Beauchemin. The Flyers have Timonen and Coburn...oh, and Derien Hatcher, lol.
Finally, IMO the Ducks played a better team defense than the Flyers and their PK was much better than Philly (86.8% vs 77%), which allowed them to take as many penalties as they did.
The Flyers are going to need to capitalize on their PP opportunities if they want to remain competitive in this series. With the unit they have, I don't think that should be a problem (although the Pens PK is doing outstanding so far - all the Hal Gill naysayers have been silenced). IMO it might be a better idea to replace Lupul with Knuble, in order to get some heavier traffic in front of Fleury. Knuble is a beast - always willing to pay the price. Great player for the city of Philly.