How the Philadelphia Flyers Stack Up Against Chicago Blackhawks

May 26th, 2010 by Mark Ritter Leave a reply »
The consensus pick in this years Stanley Cup Finals seems to be that the Chicago Blackhawks will make quick work of the Philadelphia Flyers, with many prognosticators predicting the Hawks will take the series in five or six games. A quick look at the regular season standings reveals that the Hawks finished 24 points ahead of the Flyers, scored nearly a half a goal more per game and gave up about 0.30 goals more per game than the Hawks did. On special teams, the Flyers owned the superior power play with the Hawks emerging form the regular season with the better penalty kill. The Western Conference is widely believed to be the tougher Conference to play in. This only furthers Chicago’s numbers, which were amongst the very best in the NHL. If we have learned anything this playoff season it’s that the regular season, for the most part, has meant "diddly" come playoff time. Goaltenders such as Michael Leighton, Antti Niemi, and Jaroslav Halak, who were vying for jobs just a few months ago are suddenly playing with confidence, shutting the door on opposing offenses with apparent ease. Scorers that struggled in the regular season, such as Danny Briere, Claude Giroux, and ...

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