The Good Old Hockey Predictions: #6 Boston Bruins vs. #7 Philadelphia Flyers
Brian Boucher may have had some success against the lowly offense of New Jersey, but with the anticipated return of Marc Savard to the Bruins’ lineup, Boston now has a key cog to drive their offense. Tuukka Rask has been just as good as Boucher. Still, this should be a good mixture of punch and panache between both teams.
Boston in 7
Crazy that the 6th seed in the East has home ice advantage. This series is dependent on whether Brian Boucher can keep up his great play from round one and if the Bruins can continue to find ways to get timely scoring. End of the day, I think the Flyers will beat up the B’s a little too much. Longer the series goes, the more it favors the Flyers.
Philadelphia in 7
The Bruins, minus their undisciplined play in game five, seemed at ease against the Buffalo Sabres. Tuukka Rask was brilliant in goal and the Bruins offense was solid, especially considering they had the worst offense in the regular season. Add Marc Savard and the team could find its offensive chemistry and get the extra goals that it will need to get by the Flyers. The Flyers will bring a physical presence to the game that the Bruins could easily match. Brian Boucher was terrific in goal for the Broad Street Bullies in their five game victory over the Devils. The Flyers will be missing Jeff Carter, Ian Lappariere and Simon Gagne are all out-huge holes for the Flyers to fill. Originally I thought the Flyers looked better going into this series, but looking closer, it’s the Bruins that should advance.
Boston in 7