Here we go again - Boston vs. Philadelphia. Boston fans do not need to be reminded what happened last year - the Bruins inexplicably blew a 3-0 series lead to fall to the Flyers in game 7.
Here's the statistical breakdown from the regular season. (click to enlarge)
This is another series that is real tough to call. Given the past, you hate to put money down on the Bruins. But they have a huge goaltending advantage and for that reason alone I'm picking Boston to win. They should also be fired up for revenge from last year.
The big X factor will be veteran Chris Pronger. If healthy he is a rare player who controls games by himself. It is unlikely he will be 100% healthy as he tries playing through the last stage of recovery from wrist surgery. Advantage Boston.
Like I said, I am leery to pick Boston. I really like Philadelphia's forward depth and Timmonen and Pronger on defense. But with Pronger hurt and Philadelphia's goaltending struggling, I have to think Boston will get the job done this year.