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05-27-2010, 09:53 AM
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Originally Posted by RangerFan10 View Post
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.
I never said that the western conference teams were no good. But the defense of Philly is better than that of Nashville, San Jose, and Vancouver. That's how a guy like Leighton is able to put up better numbers than Rinne, Nabokov, and Luongo. The Flyers offensive resources are not totally outclassed by those of the Hawks. I'd give the edge to Chicago of course but this series is gonna come down to who has the better goaltending / defense.

Philly beat Montreal, a team that was able to take out the Caps and Pens. That may be too tangential for some but it does count for something. This season Chicago had 11 more wins over Philadelphia which faced heavy injuries and played in a tougher division.

People here say its going to 4, 5 games. By way of natural selection these are the two best teams left of a field of 30. The Stanley Cup is usually more competitive than not, regardless of how much of a favorite one team is over the other.

This has to go at least 6 IMO.

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