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04/11/2012 11:39 AM

Playoff Cheat Sheet - West

April 9, 2012


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Eastern Conference

(1) Vancouver Canucks vs. (8) Los Angeles Kings
Sportsbook.com Series Price: Canucks -200 Kings +160

Nov. 10 - Canucks 3 @ Kings 2
(Vancouver -105, Push 5)

Dec. 31 - Kings 4 vs. Canucks 1
(Los Angeles +115, Push 5)

Jan. 17 - Kings 3 @ Canucks 2 (Shootout)
(Los Angeles +155, Push 5)

Mar. 26 - Canucks 1 vs. Kings 0
(Vancouver -120, Under 5)



(2) St. Louis Blues vs. (7) San Jose Sharks
Sportsbook.com Series Price: Blues -155 Sharks +125

Oct. 15 - Blues 4 @ Sharks 2
(St. Louis +135, Over 5.5)

Dec. 10 - Blues 1 vs. Sharks 0
(St. Louis -110, Under 5)

Feb. 12 - Blues 3 vs. Sharks 0
(St. Louis +105, Under 5)

Mar. 3 - Blues 3 @ Sharks 1
(St. Louis +105, Under 5)



(3) Phoenix Coyotes vs. (6) Chicago Blackhawks
Sportsbook.com Series Price: Blackhawks -125 Coyotes -105

Oct. 18 - Blackhawks 5 @ Coyotes 2
(Chicago -125, Over 5.5)

Nov. 29 - Coyotes 4 @ Blackhawks 1
(Phoenix +135, Under 5.5)

Dec. 5 - Coyotes 4 @ Blackhawks 3 (Shootout)
(Phoenix +140, Over 5.5)

Feb. 11 - Coyotes 3 vs. Blackhawks 0
(Phoenix -120, Under 5.5)



(4) Nashville Predators vs. (5) Detroit Red Wings
Sportsbook.com Series Price: Predators -120 Red Wings -110

Nov. 26 - Red Wings 4 vs. Predators 1
(Detroit -130, Under 5.5)

Dec. 15 - Predators 4 vs. Red Wings 3
(Nashville +120, Over 5)

Dec. 26 - Red Wings 4 @ Predators 1
(Detroit -115, Under 5.5)

Feb. 17 - Red Wings 2 vs. Predators 1
(Detroit -140, Under 5.5)

Mar. 10 - Predators 3 vs. Red Wings 2
(Nashville -145, Push 5)

Mar. 30 - Predators 4 @ Red Wings 1
(Nashville +135, Under 5.5)

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04/11/2012 11:40 AM

Playoff Cheat Sheet - East

April 9, 2012

Western Conference

(1) New York Rangers vs. (8) Ottawa Senators
Sportsbook.com Series Price: Rangers -240 Senators +180

Oct. 29 - Senators 5 @ Rangers 4 (Shootout)
(Ottawa +140, Over 5.5)

Nov. 9 - Rangers 3 @ Senators 2
(New York +110, Under 5.5)

Jan. 12 - Senators 3 vs. Rangers 0
(Ottawa +150, Under 5.5)

Mar. 8 - Senators 4 @ Rangers 1
(Ottawa -110, Push 5)



(2) Boston Bruins vs. (7) Washington Capitals
Sportsbook.com Series Price: Bruins -220 Capitals +170

Jan. 24 - Capitals 5 vs. Bruins 3
(Washington +150, Over 5.5)

Feb. 5 - Bruins 4 @ Capitals 1
(Boston -130, Under 5.5)

Mar. 10 - Capitals 4 @ Bruins 3
(Washington +180, Over 5.5)

Mar. 29 - Capitals 3 @ Bruins 2 (Shootout)
(Washington +160, Under 5.5)



(3) Florida Panthers vs. (6) New Jersey Devils
Sportsbook.com Series Price: Devils -200 Panthers +160

Nov. 21 - Panthers 4 vs. Devils 3
(Florida -120, Over 5)

Dec. 13 - Devils 3 @ Panthers 2 (Shootout)
(New Jersey +135, Push 5)

Jan. 6 - Devils 5 vs. Panthers 2
(New Jersey -135, Over 5)

Feb. 11 - Panthers 3 @ Devils 1 (Florida +135, Under 5)



(4) Pittsburgh Penguins vs. (5) Philadelphia Flyers
Sportsbook.com Series Price: Penguins -190 Flyers+150

Dec. 8 - Flyers 3 vs. Penguins 2
(Philadelphia -120, Under 5.5)

Dec. 29 - Flyers 4 @ Penguins 2
(Philadelphia +120, Over 5.5)

Feb. 18 - Penguins 6 @ Flyers 4
(Pittsburgh -105, Over 5.5)

Mar. 18 - Flyers 3 vs. Penguins 2
(Philadelphia +120, Under 5.5)

Apr. 1 - Flyers 6 @ Penguins 4
(Philadelphia +180, Over 6)

Apr. 6 - Penguins 4 @ Flyers 2
(Pittsburgh -170, Push 6)

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04/11/2012 11:43 AM

Series to Watch

Nashville Predators Hope To Hold Home Ice Advantage Over Detroit Red Wings

Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN will be the site of Wednesday, April 11th's NHL betting showdown between the Nashville Predators (48-26-8) and the Detroit Red Wings (48-28-6).

You'll be able to catch the puck drop on this one at 8:00 ET on CNBC and CBC.

Home ice advantage is always crucial here in the playoffs, but it is even more of an edge in this series between two teams that have already faced off six times over the course of the regular season.

Nashville had to know when it beat the NHL betting odds against the Colorado Avalanche in the final game of the regular season that it was in great shape, while Detroit had to have a sinking feeling after losing in a shootout to the Chicago Blackhawks on the road earlier that afternoon.

The Predators are a fantastic home team. They went 26-10-5 this year here at Bridgestone Arena, and Pekka Rinne has historically been virtually unbeatable in this building. This year, he went 25-8-5 at home with a 2.33 GAA, and he has an 86-33-17 record for his career in this building as well.

Meanwhile, when you look at the NHL betting splits for the Red Wings and the difference between their home and road records, you have to cringe. Sure, they dominated at home this year, rolling off 23 straight wins, an NHL record.

They ended with a 31-7-3 record at Joe Louis Arena, the best home record amongst all teams in the league. That being said, they went just 17-21-3 on the road, the worst mark for a team in the Western Conference playoffs and the second worst record on the road in the entire postseason; just in front of the Washington Capitals. It should come as no surprise that home ice advantage has already stood up in this series in the regular season.

The home team went 4-2 in the six clashes against the NHL betting odds, with both teams winning on enemy ice once over the course of the year.

Nashville definitely has the edge, though. It comes into the postseason on a three-game winning streak in which it has outscored teams 10-2. Detroit has lost four out of six, and it doesn't have a regulation victory in six straight games.

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Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins Begin Crucial 4/5 Series

The battle on the NHL playoff lines will be hot and heavy on Wednesday, April 11th between the Philadelphia Flyers (47-26-9) and the Pittsburgh Penguins (51-25-6). It all gets started at Consol Energy Arena in Pittsburgh, PA with the puck dropping at 7:30 ET. Live television coverage is set for the NBC Sports Network and TSN. The Penguins and the Flyers hate each other as much as any two teams in hockey right now, and when these two battle each other against the NHL playoff lines, anything can happen.

It is clear that entering this series, the advantage goes to the Pens. They are the favorites to win the whole enchilada this year in spite of the fact that they are the #4 seed in the East, though they do come into the postseason sporting the most wins in the league with 51. Pittsburgh's season really hinged on the play of Evgeni Malkin, who is sure to be the Hart Memorial Trophy winner this year after running away with the league lead in points. James Neal proved to be a valuable commodity in his first full year in the Steel City, while of course, finally getting Sidney Crosby back on the ice has proven to be a tremendous boost to a team that was already fantastic offensively.

For quite some time though, it was Philly and not Pittsburgh that boasted the best offensive unit in the league. The Flyers never really did get their goaltending situation worked out, but they did score 264 goals this year; the third best mark in the Eastern Conference. If they are going to beat the NHL betting lines at all in this series, they are going to have to make sure that they get a bunch of great looks at Marc-Andre Fleury.

Philly picked up Ilya Bryzgalov just for this situation. He is going to enter the postseason as the team's undisputed net minder, something that we haven't seen out of the Flyersat all in the past few years. However, Bryzgalov will be up against it taking on Fleury, a man that has already played his way to a Stanley Cup title in his career.

This is going to be the third bout between these two teams on the NHL wagering lines in the last week and a half in this venue. The two teams split the clashes, but Philadelphia won the season series 4-2.

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04/11/2012 11:45 AM

Playoff MVP Odds

April 11, 2012

Wednesday will mark the start of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs, a two-month long affair that will see a field of 16 teams whittled down to just one final champion. Along the way, one certain player will set himself apart from the rest and win the Conn Smythe trophy - awarded annually to the playoffs MVP. Over at Bovada's online sportsbook, a series of futures odds have been made with regards to who will win this prestigious hardware. Let's take a look, shall we?


Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh, 11/1
Malkin is one of just six ex-Conn Smythe winners in this year's playoff field. He won the award during Pittsburgh's Stanley Cup championship of 2009, edging out teammate Sidney Crosby to become one of the youngest winners in league history (22 years old.) This year, Malkin has been a beast for the Penguins, leading the team with 50 goals and over 100 points, once again emerging as a legit contender to Crosby's "best player in the league" title. He's a dynamic, effective and lethal scorer that has carried his team at times throughout the year. He's a deserving leading candidate for the Conn Smythe.

Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh, 11/1
It seems odd that two players who, theoretically, should cancel each other out for Conn Smythe odds are listed as the two favorites…but that's how highly folks think of the Penguins' chances to win it all. Crosby has been on a tear since returning from December's concussion setback and, had he played a full 82 game schedule, was on pace to score 134 points - which would've beaten Malkin's mark by a large margin.

Daniel Sedin, 16/1
Here's a dicey one. On paper, Sedin is a very strong candidate for potential Conn Smythe accolades - he's Vancouver's leading goalscorer and, a season ago, was nominated for all the major trophies, winning the Ted Lindsay while finishing runner up to Corey Perry for the Hart. Sedin is a dynamic and effective goalscorer that has a penchant for getting stronger as the season goes along, thanks in large part to the chemistry between him and his brother, Henrik. Vancouver is a strong candidate to get out of the Western Conference and should they get there, Daniel will be a part of it…or will he? He missed the final nine games of the regular season with a concussion and while it's expected he'll return for Game 1, he missed Tuesday's practice for undisclosed reasons. Keep an eye on his status if you are planning on making a wager…

Tim Thomas, 22/1
Couldn't write this piece without mentioning the reigning playoffs MVP, Tim Thomas. The Bruins goalie had another fantastic statistical season this year and is being pushed by the fact that, at age 37, he might not have many more kicks at the Stanley Cup. Look for him to have a really strong playoff and possibly carry Boston to back-to-back championships…if they can get through the Penguins, that is.

The gloves are off. Bet on the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs at Bovada.

Conn Smythe Winner Odds

How to read the Odds:
Bet $100 on Sidney Crosby to win $1,100
Bet $100 on Jimmy Howard to win $3,500

Evgeni Malkin (PIT) 11/1
Sidney Crosby (PIT) 11/1
Henrik Lundqvist (NYR) 16/1
Henrik Sedin (VAN) 16/1
Daniel Sedin (VAN) 16/1
Roberto Luongo (VAN) 20/1
Tim Thomas (BOS) 22/1
Pekka Rinne (NAS) 25/1
Marian Gaborik (NYR) 25/1
Brian Elliott (STL) 25/1
Pavel Datsyuk (DET) 30/1
Brad Richards (NYR) 30/1
Claude Giroux (PHI) 30/1
Marc-Andre Fleury (PIT) 30/1
Jaroslav Halak (STL) 30/1
Jimmy Howard (DET) 35/1
James Neal (PIT) 35/1
David Perron (STL) 35/1
Jonathan Toews (CHI) 40/1
Henrik Zetterberg (DET) 40/1
Alexander Radulov (NAS) 40/1
Ilya Bryzgalov (PHI) 40/1
David Backes (STL) 40/1
Ryan Kesler (VAN) 40/1
Patrice Bergeron (BOS) 45/1
David Krejci (BOS) 45/1
Milan Lucic (BOS) 45/1
Anze Kopitar (LA) 45/1
Ilya Kovalchuk (NJ) 45/1
Joe Thornton (SJ) 45/1
Alex Ovechkin (WAS) 45/1
Marian Hossa (CHI) 50/1
Patrick Kane (CHI) 50/1
Kris Versteeg (FLA) 50/1
Jonathan Quick (LA) 50/1
Martin Erat (NAS) 50/1
Martin Brodeur (NJ) 50/1
Ryan Callahan (NYR) 50/1
Mike Smith (PHO) 50/1
Antti Niemi (SJ) 50/1
Tyler Seguin (BOS) 60/1
Jason Spezza (OTT) 60/1
Scott Hartnell (PHI) 60/1
Jaromir Jagr (PHI) 60/1
Ray Whitney (PHO) 60/1
Nicklas Backstrom (WAS) 60/1
Tomas Fleischmann (FLA) 65/1
Stephen Weiss (FLA) 65/1
Zach Parise (NJ) 65/1
Patrick Marleau (SJ) 65/1
Patrick Sharp (CHI) 75/1
Valtteri Filppula (DET) 75/1
Mike Richards (LA) 75/1
Jeff Carter (LA) 75/1
Andrei Kostitsyn (NAS) 75/1
Patrik Elias (NJ) 75/1
Logan Couture (SJ) 75/1
T.J. Oshie (STL) 75/1
Daniel Alfredsson (OTT) 80/1
Shane Doan (PHO) 80/1
Alexander Semin (WAS) 85/1
Erik Karlsson (OTT) 100/1
Milan Michalek (OTT) 100/1
Radim Vrbata (PHO) 100/1
Braden Holtby (WAS) 100/1

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04/11/2012 11:48 AM

Flyers, Pens square off

April 11, 2012

Sportsbook.com Stanley Cup Playoff Odds
No. 5 PHILADELPHIA FLYERS vs. No. 4 PITTSBURGH PENGUINS

Season Series: Flyers won 4-2
Sportsbook.com Series Price: Pittsburgh -220, Philadelphia +180
Game 1 Line & Total: Penguins -175 & 5.5 over -130


Bitter in-state rivals square off in the most anticipated first-round series of the NHL Playoffs as the No. 5 Philadelphia Flyers take on the No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins.

It's a bit of a shame that these two Atlantic Division rivals have to meet in the first round, considering both have the depth and firepower to make a deep run through the playoffs-the Pens (3.3) and Flyers (3.2) rank first and second, respectively, in the NHL in goals per game. The Flyers won the season series, but that figure is misleading considering the litany of injuries the Penguins suffered throughout the season-none bigger than the concussion to captain Sidney Crosby (8 G, 29 A in 22 games). This will be the third playoff meeting between the two clubs since 2008, with the Penguins both times advancing to the Stanley Cup Finals.

Three Important Things to Watch for in this Series:

1. The Impact of Flyers Goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov
When the Flyers signed Bryzgalov to a monster nine-year, $51 million deal back in June, it was done with the expectation that he would be the elite goalie that finally put Philly over the top in the postseason. There will be enormous pressure on the Russian netminder to live up to his contract and be the "missing piece" to supplement Philadelphia's dangerous offense and stout defense. But the Flyers could not have drawn up a tougher first round opponent than the Penguins-who have scored at will since Crosby returned to the lineup (4+ goals in 11 of 14 games).

2. The Depth of the Penguins
There's no denying that, when healthy, the Penguins are the deepest and most talented team in the league at the forward position. No squad can compete with Pittsburgh's depth up the middle, boasting three elite centers in Crosby, Evgeni Malkin (50 G, 59 A) and Jordan Staal (25 G, 25 A). The fact that Malkin, the NHL's points leader, is the second-line center on the Pens speaks to just how scary this team is. But all three of these players have had their fair share of health problems over the past 18 months, as has sniper James Neal (40 G, 41 A)-currently listed as day-to-day with an undisclosed injury. Assuming they all stay healthy, it's hard to imagine any team beating the Pens in a seven-game series.

3. Enough on the Blueline?
The Flyers blueline will face a ridiculously tough test trying to contain the high-octane Pittsburgh offense-and they might have to do it without some key defenders. Andrej Meszaros (7 G, 18 A) is still recovering from back surgery and trade deadline-acquisition Nicklas Grossman (lower body) is listed as day-to-day-not to mention the fact that team captain and shutdown d-man Chris Pronger is out for the year with severe post-concussion syndrome. Philly also has some injuries up front. LW James van Riemsdyk (7 goals in 11 postseason games in 2011) is still a couple weeks away from fully recovering from a broken foot, and Danny Briere (59 points in 57 playoff games with Philly) is out indefinitely with a back injury suffered at the hands of Penguins' fourth-liner Joe Vitale. With so many (potential) missing pieces, it remains to be seen whether the Flyers can handle Pittsburgh's relentless forecheck.

To the average fan, these odds might seem steep considering this is a 4-5 matchup, but it shouldn't be surprising considering how scary this Penguins lineup is when healthy. With a healthy Crosby back in the lineup, Pittsburgh is the clear favorite to the win the Cup. It's hard to imagine two teams hating each other more than the Penguins and Flyers, though, and that is sure to create a physical and grueling series-which usually works to even out any disparities in talent. If the Penguins stay disciplined and avoid taking retaliatory penalties against the league's most penalized team, they have a clear advantage in this series-especially on the blue line.

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04/11/2012 12:30 PM

NHL
Short Sheet

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

EC Quaterfinals, Game One (0-0)
Philadelphia at Pittsburgh, 7:35 ET NBCSN
Philadelphia: 12-3 SU away off a road loss
Pittsburgh: 2-7 SU off BB division games

WC Quaterfinals, Game One (0-0)
Detroit at Nashville, 8:05 ET CNBC
Detroit: 30-12 SU off BB home games
Nashville: 2-8 SU off a road win scoring 4+ goals

WC Quaterfinals, Game One (0-0)
Los Angeles at Vancouver, 10:35 ET NBCSN
Los Angeles: 21-9 Under off BB division losses
Vancouver: 17-4 SU off a combined score of 4 goals or less



Thursday, April 12, 2012

EC Quaterfinals, Game One (0-0)
Ottawa at NY Rangers, 7:05 ET NHL
Ottawa: 15-6 Over off a road loss by 2+ goals
NY Rangers: 15-3 SU after losing 3 of their last 4 games

EC Quaterfinals, Game One (0-0)
Washington at Boston, 7:35 ET NBCSN
Washington: 27-12 SU off an Over
Boston: 2-8 SU off an overtime win

WC Quaterfinals, Game One (0-0)
San Jose at St. Louis, 7:35 ET CNBC
San Jose: 6-14 SU away with a total of 5 goals or less
St. Louis: 19-2 SU at home off a win

WC Quaterfinals, Game One (0-0)
Chicago at Phoenix, 10:05 ET NBCSN
Chicago: 7-16 SU away playing with same-season revenge
Phoenix: 19-7 SU off 3+ wins


Friday, April 13, 2012

EC Quaterfinals, Game One (0-0)
New Jersey at Florida, 7:05 ET NHL
New Jersey: 17-5 SU playing with same-season revenge
Florida: 8-21 SU playing with 3+ days rest

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04/11/2012 12:31 PM

NHL
Armadillo's Write-Up

Wednesday, April 11

Flyers @ Penguins-- Philly is 0-6 in Stanley Cup finals since winning titles in both '74/'75; they've won five of last seven first round series. Flyers won four of six vs Pittsburgh this year, with four of last five going over total- they're 5-1 in last six games in Igloo, 47-58 overall. Four of Penguins' last six playoff series went to a 7th game; they're 28-90 lifetime in Philly. Pittsburgh split their last four first round series. Flyers are 3-2 in playoff series against Pittsburgh; they won seven of last nine games overall. Penguins won four of last five.

Red Wings @ Predators-- Nashville got its first playoff series win in franchise history LY, beating Ducks in six games; they've played Detroit two other times in playoffs, losing in six games both times. Detroit won in first round six of last seven years- they're 25-11 at home vs Predators, 18-17 in Music City. Wings lost four of last six games overall; Nashville won four of last five, allowing total of three goals in the four wins. Teams split six meetings this year, with Preds winning last two. Detroit four of last six visits to Nashville.

Kings @ Canucks-- Vancouver won Presidents' Cup last two years; they won last four first round series. These teams split four playoff series over the years, are 4-4 in regular season series last two years, with under 7-0-1 in those eight games; they split last six played here. LA hasn't won playoff series since 2001; they're 1-5 in first round series since losing in '93 Finals. Kings lost five of last eight games overall; Canucks won eight of last nine games, have won seven in a row at home. This has been a very even series over the years.

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04/11/2012 12:33 PM

NHL

Wednesday, April 11

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Trend Report
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7:30 PM
PHILADELPHIA vs. PITTSBURGH
Philadelphia is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
Philadelphia is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Pittsburgh's last 8 games at home
Pittsburgh is 12-2 SU in its last 14 games at home

8:00 PM
DETROIT vs. NASHVILLE
Detroit is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Nashville
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Detroit's last 9 games when playing on the road against Nashville
Nashville is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Nashville's last 6 games

10:30 PM
LOS ANGELES vs. VANCOUVER
Los Angeles is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Vancouver
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Los Angeles's last 10 games when playing on the road against Vancouver
Vancouver is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Vancouver is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Los Angeles

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04/11/2012 12:33 PM

NHL

Wednesday, April 11

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Ice picks: Wednesday's best NHL bets
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Philadelphia Flyers at Pittsburgh Penguins (-170, 5.5)

Any way you slice this series, it looks like it’s going to be a long one.

Considering how much these teams dislike each other and the firepower on both benches, it might end up being the best series in the opening round.

"There's guys on there that you don't like that are obviously some of the best players in the league," Scott Hartnell said. "You see them on the highlights every night and it annoys you. For us to win this series, we're going to have (to) hold those guys down. I don't think you have to look very hard to get your blood boiling."

This is playoff hockey now, so we’re unlikely to see the fights and misconducts we’ve become used to with these teams, but there will be power play opportunities – and goals.

Pittsburgh had played over in 10 straight games before its 4-2 regular season finale win over the Flyers pushed the 6-goal total.

Pick: Over


Detroit Red Wings at Nashville Predators (-130, 5)

The Red Wings and Predators rested some of their big guns down the stretch to get ready for this series, but one player who was just getting into the swing of things was Alexander Radulov.

In nine games since coming back from the KHL, Radulov has three goals and seven points. He’s the type of scoring threat that’s going to give Detroit some problems.

"He was a star, best player in the league back there. I'm pretty sure he'll be here soon, too [as a star]," Detroit’s Jiri Hudler said Monday. "I think it'll help him that he came right after the season. He played a lot of minutes back home."

Nashville finished the regular season with four wins in its last five games, including a 4-1 victory in Detroit. Riding that momentum, you have to like the Preds to strike first blood in the series.

Pick: Predators


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04/11/2012 12:36 PM

NHL Playoff Preview: Flyers vs. Penguins


2012 STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS
EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS
No. 5 PHILADELPHIA FLYERS

vs. No. 4 PITTSBURGH PENGUINS


Starts: Wednesday in Pittsburgh
Season Series: Flyers won 4-2
Series Price: Pittsburgh -200, Philadelphia +160


Bitter in-state rivals square off in the most anticipated first-round series of the NHL Playoffs as the No. 5 Philadelphia Flyers take on the No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins.

It’s a bit of a shame that these two Atlantic Division rivals have to meet in the first round, considering both have the depth and firepower to make a deep run through the playoffs—the Pens (3.3) and Flyers (3.2) rank first and second, respectively, in the NHL in goals per game. The Flyers won the season series, but that figure is misleading considering the litany of injuries the Penguins suffered throughout the season—none bigger than the concussion to captain Sidney Crosby (8 G, 29 A in 22 games). This will be the third playoff meeting between the two clubs since 2008, with the Penguins both times advancing to the Stanley Cup Finals.

Three Important Things to Watch for in this Series:
1. The Impact of Flyers Goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov
When the Flyers signed Bryzgalov to a monster nine-year, $51 million deal back in June, it was done with the expectation that he would be the elite goalie that finally put Philly over the top in the postseason. There will be enormous pressure on the Russian netminder to live up to his contract and be the “missing piece” to supplement Philadelphia’s dangerous offense and stout defense. But the Flyers could not have drawn up a tougher first round opponent than the Penguins—who have scored at will since Crosby returned to the lineup (4+ goals in 11 of 14 games).

2. The Depth of the Penguins
There’s no denying that, when healthy, the Penguins are the deepest and most talented team in the league at the forward position. No squad can compete with Pittsburgh’s depth up the middle, boasting three elite centers in Crosby, Evgeni Malkin (50 G, 59 A) and Jordan Staal (25 G, 25 A). The fact that Malkin, the NHL’s points leader, is the second-line center on the Pens speaks to just how scary this team is. But all three of these players have had their fair share of health problems over the past 18 months, as has sniper James Neal (40 G, 41 A)—currently listed as day-to-day with an undisclosed injury. Assuming they all stay healthy, it’s hard to imagine any team beating the Pens in a seven-game series.

3. Enough on the Blueline?
The Flyers blueline will face a ridiculously tough test trying to contain the high-octane Pittsburgh offense—and they might have to do it without some key defenders. Andrej Meszaros (7 G, 18 A) is still recovering from back surgery and trade deadline-acquisition Nicklas Grossman (lower body) is listed as day-to-day—not to mention the fact that team captain and shutdown d-man Chris Pronger is out for the year with severe post-concussion syndrome. Philly also has some injuries up front. LW James van Riemsdyk (7 goals in 11 postseason games in 2011) is still a couple weeks away from fully recovering from a broken foot, and Danny Briere (59 points in 57 playoff games with Philly) is out indefinitely with a back injury suffered at the hands of Penguins’ fourth-liner Joe Vitale. With so many (potential) missing pieces, it remains to be seen whether the Flyers can handle Pittsburgh’s relentless forecheck.

StatFox Analysis:
To the average fan, these odds might seem steep considering this is a 4-5 matchup, but it shouldn’t be surprising considering how scary this Penguins lineup is when healthy. With a healthy Crosby back in the lineup, Pittsburgh is the clear favorite to the win the Cup. It’s hard to imagine two teams hating each other more than the Penguins and Flyers, though, and that is sure to create a physical and grueling series—which usually works to even out any disparities in talent. If the Penguins stay disciplined and avoid taking retaliatory penalties against the league’s most penalized team, they have a clear advantage in this series—especially on the blue line. Prediction: PENGUINS IN 6.

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