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05-27-2010, 02:08 AM
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Originally Posted by GothamRanger View Post
I think some people are overestimating how easy it would be for Chicago to beat Philly. The Flyers will be the best team Chicago has faced, and their defense if kept up will make things difficult for the Hawks' offense. There is no way Pronger will let Byfuglien get away with murder in front of the net as he was able to the first three rounds.
You're really selling the western conference teams short if you think Philly is no-argument-had better than all the teams chicago's faced.

Regardless of Byfuglien's production, if Pronger's got his hands full with him that's still a success for Chicago. He creates space for Kane and Toews. If anyone thinks Byfuglien is the one catalyst to Chicago's success, they're about to be wowed by Toews (leads playoffs in points, 26), Kane(20 P), Keith, Seabrook, Niemi, Sharp (16 P, 3 PPG), Hossa (+8), etc.

Philly's played amateur teams on the way to the finals compared to what Chicago's faced, and compared to Chicago itself. Maybe Philly is up to par with the competition Chicago saw int he prior 3 rounds, but the competition Philly faced was much worse than what Chicago saw.

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