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A Round 2 Preview from a Rangers Blogger

From great friend of the blog Brian Monzo at Wfan.com:

4) Penguins vs. (8) Canadiens:
You would think the Canadiens are on the high of all highs here, taking out the top seed in the East. But let’s get back to reality here. It is going to be very tough to prevent the Penguins now from getting back to the Finals. I understand Halak played out of his mind, but Sid the Kid, Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal are just getting started. Unfortunately for Scott Gomez, Mike Cammalleri and Brian Gionta, their run is going to come to an end. The Pens will have the Mellon Arena whited out every game, and perhaps playing the best hockey of his still young career, Crosby will be lighting the lamp over and over. Prediction: Pens in five.

(6) Bruins vs. (7) Flyers:
The Flyers got away with an easy one. They somehow snuck right by Devils without the Devils even knowing it. Veteran goalie Brian Boucher is playing perhaps the best he has ever played. However, the injury bug has hit and Jeff Carter and Simon Gagne are out. For the Bruins, it is the opposite. Star youngster Tuukka Rask didn’t to be overly briliant against the Sabres. He was good, not great. The Bruins now get back Marc Savard, who has been out for months with a concussion. This should be a long series, but the Bruins will get it done. Prediction: Bruins in seven.

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Leo_Racicot's avatar

A few PP/PK stats that isn’t being played up enough when previewing the Habs-Pens series that seem worthy of consideration:

- Caps had the #1 PP in the regular season by a HUGE margin, they were held to 1 for 33 in the first round.

- Habs had the second most efficient PP in the NHL, but had the fewest opportunities of any team in the entire league.

- Pitt had the 4th most PP opps in the regular season, yet they were 19th in overall execution.

- The Sens were 31.8% effective with their PP in the Pitt series, which was second best for all teams in the first round.

In a typical seven game playoff series, the delta between opportunities for two opposing teams tends to be mitigated by the number of games and the political fallout that officiating faces when things become severely lopsided.  With that said…

Will the Habs PK success carry over?  Will the Pens PK struggles continue?  Will the Pens PP continue to operate at a higher rate than its regular season success?  With the Habs efficient regular season PP be the difference in this series?

This subplot has me intrigued more than any other to see how the first two games in Pittsburgh transpire.

Posted by Leo_Racicot on 04/30/10 at 03:37 PM ET

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I think people are overvaluing Savard’s return. A player who has been out for a while with a nearly career-threatening concussion is probably not going to step back onto the ice and be in peak form. Also, nobody seems to realize that Gagne should be returning for the Flyers this series too. He’s a solid two-way player who can help offset the defensive loss of Laperriere and score goals.

Posted by propper on 04/30/10 at 03:42 PM ET

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