Down To Two: Flyers Will Play Boston Or Washington In Eastern Semifinals

WASHINGTON - APRIL 11: Tim Thomas #30 of the Boston Bruins and Jason Chimera #25 of the Washington Capitals scuffle during the first period at the Verizon Center on April 11, 2010 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Well, it's down to two potential opponents. Thanks to the Bruins eliminating the Buffalo Sabres tonight, the Flyers cannot face the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round of this years' playoffs.

Depending on who wins Wednesday's Game 7 between Montreal and Washington, the Flyers will play either the Caps or Bruins. If Montreal wins, it's Boston. If Washington wins, we play them. Simple as that.

Let's try to break these two teams down with a little pros and cons action, shall we? Take the jump.

Pros

  • They have suspect goaltending. Sure, Semyon Varlamov has had good games even in this postseason. But he's also had bad games. He's also looked very shaky at times. He's not going to steal a game or a series from you, and the Flyers can beat him.
  • They have a weak blue line. I don't care what Caps fans have to say. The Capitals defense isn't that great. Mike Green is good (although not this postseason) and John Carlson has been a nice little surprise, but the rest of the bunch are kind of meh. Tom Poti is second on the blueline in ice time and has arguably been their best defenseman. Tom Poti.
  • They've proven their inability to be um, I guess good is the word, in the playoffs. This is the fourth straight playoff series of theirs they've taken to seven games, despite putting together fantastic regular seasons the last three years. Their run-and-gun style and their propensity to fall behind early doesn't lend itself to playoff hockey. 
  • 1-for-31 on the power play.
  • They allow bloggers in the press box.
  • Cheaper to get there, closer to Philly.
  • Hatred. My God, the hatred. 

Cons

  • They can score. At will. They would have advanced already if not for Jaroslav Halak and his wizardry. You have to ask yourself the question, and I'm not insinuating an answer here at all. Can the Flyers stop their offense?
  • If Alex Semin gets going, uh.... could be bad. 
  • That offense could theoretically get to Brian Boucher very quickly and rattle the young lads confidence.
  • An opponent riding in off of a Game 7 win is never really a good thing to see, no matter how badly they've been playing.
  • The Metro is kind of a pain in the ass. I mean, every station looks the same, it's actually kind of (relatively, at least) clean, and it's really dark. It's like some creepy alien underworld. Meanwhile, SEPTA has light and smells like piss. Typical Earthly subway system.
  • If we're playing the Caps, that means a series with those fans. The hatred. My God, the hatred.

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Pros

  • They can't score. And I don't care if Marc Savard comes back for the second round. They can't put the puck in the net, and we could see a situation here very similar to the one we saw with the Devils offense versus the Flyers in round one. Our defense can shut them down. Marc Recchi and Dennis Wideman won't keep up their scoring pace.
  • Brian Boucher has played well against this year. Came in to relieve Michael Leighton on March 11 and gave up one goal on 12 shots and he made 26 saves in a 3-1 win on December 14.
  • Winter Classic revenge!
  • Boosh is from Woonsocket, Rhode Island. Family nearby and all that.
  • It's a nice chance to reignite a rivalry that's completely gone to hell. When was the last time we played the Bruins in the playoffs? 1978. Yep.
  • They were good on the power play in the first round, but they're due to regress a bit. They came in at just 16.6 percent in the regular season.

Cons

  • They have a decent defense. Zdeno Chara is bad ass and he leads the way, while Wideman, Matt Hunwick and Johnny Boychuk are quietly solid as well.
  • And when you add that defense up with the lights out play of Tuukka Rask, scoring could come at a premium for the Flyers.
  • How's a 100 percent conversion rate on the penalty kill in round one sound to you? Sure, it may have had something to do with the Sabres, but they were also 86.4% successful during the regular season. 
  • They will have a short rest before kicking off round two, and that could be favorable for a team that's playing well. 
  • Don't really hate them too much. It's kind of hard to hate them too, at this point. Maybe a playoff series would rev that up, but still. They're kind of boring.
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