Here are predictions from a ton of places around the web.
This could very well be this post-season’s most evenly matched first round series. Pittsburgh clearly comes in as the hotter of the two teams, but they’ll have a difficult time matching Philadelphia’s depth and will need Fleury to step up in a big way. In any case, it promises to be a long and taxing showdown that could affect the winning team’s ability to make a deep run. Penguins in six.
Prediction: Penguins in six.
This Pittsburgh team is on a mission and a completely different club since Dan Bylsma took over. General Manager Ray Shero didn't completely fix what he broke over the summer, but adding Bill Guerin and Chris Kunitz, along with the return of Sergei Gonchar, gave the Penguins the grit and power-play quarterback they sorely missed for the better part of the season.
Martin Biron must play like he did through the first two rounds of last season's playoffs. Should he imitate his performance in the Conference Finals, head coach John Stevens will have to go to Niitymaki to salvage the season.
Jim's Pick is the PENGUINS. My favorites meet in 1st round. Pens want to prove aggressive style under Bylsma is best. Pens in 7.
Pierre McGuire in Sports Illustrated, no link since it was in the magazine.
WELCOME to a whole lot of nasty. This series will be about Philadelphia center Mike Richards crashing into Pittsburgh center Sidney Crosby, about Pittsburgh center Jordan Staal crashing into Philly center Jeff Carter, and about Pittsburgh power forward Bill Guerin grappling with Philadelphia defenseman Kimmo Timonen, the Flyers' on-ice leader. Penguins' goalie Marc-André Fleury needs to stand up to a potent power play (third in the East) that's led by Carter and Daniel Brière. Penguins in 7.
This is like a science experiment. When two offensive masses collide, there will be breakdowns, and they will occur more often and more cataclysmically with the Philadelphia Flyers. Penguins in six.
So uh, 0 for 5. Some more after the jump....
- TSN makes their picks. The monkey picked us! The four humans picked the Pens.
- Tim Panaccio picks the Pens in 7. Come on, Tim, you're a Philly guy!
- Pensburgh obviously picks the Penguins.
- Habs Eyes on the Prize picks Pens in 6.
- On the Forecheck picks the Penguins.
- The Puck Stops Here picks the Penguins.
- Adam at Illegal Curve picks the Pens in 7. WAIT A MINUTE! NO HE DIDNT! FLYERS IN 7! OH MY GOD! REJOICE!
Hokay, so let's recap. To be fair, they're all picking it to be a long series. But I mean, really? One human, one monkey pick the Flyers. 14 humans, 0 monkeys pick the Penguins. At least we're winning the primate battle.