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04-12-2009, 08:50 AM
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I think Boston has a good chance to sweep the Habs. They are simply the better team, and have been all season. Montreal has been good, awful, and okay. Even at "good", Boston was the better team this year.

To have a chance, things have to go right for Montreal AND things have to go wrong for Boston. Without some combination of the following, Boston will roll easily:
  • Price must outplay Thomas, decisively
  • The 2nd line, whoever is on it, must contribute in a big way
  • Boston's secondary threats (Kessel, Wheeler, Krejci, Kobasew and others) must fizzle
  • Habs special teams must be much better than Boston's
  • Chara must be sloppy and un-dominant
  • Boston's physical game must lead to more Boston penalties than Montreal turnovers

I would say that at least half of those things have to go Montreal's way for them to have a realistic chance.

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