NHL: Eastern Conference Finals Preview

May 15th, 2010 by Matt Sitkoff Leave a reply »
The Eastern Conference comes down to two teams of destiny.

The Cinderella Canadiens disposed of the Presidents Trophy winners and defending Stanley Cup Champions.

The Flyers vanquished becoming the third NHL team, and fourth team in the NBA/NHL/MLB combined, to rally from a 3-0 series deficit to go on to win a series.

After all that dust settled, the NHL slogan of "History Will Be Made" is true—as this is the first time a No. 7 and No. 8 seed will meet in the Conference Finals.

So let’s break down this improbable matchup Pucking Awesome style.


No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers vs. No. 8 Montreal Canadiens

In a season of unpredictability, this takes the cake. The Flyers are the lowest seed to have home-ice advantage in the Conference Finals, and the Canadiens are the first eight seed to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals under the current playoff format.

The Canadiens, as Sidney Crosby will tell you, have had an interesting style of completely being outshot but still winning. They are actually 0-3 when they outshoot an opponent and 8-3 when they are outshot.


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