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    2008 NHL Playoffs Thread

    Discuss! I will be posting my 1st round predictions shortly

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    I'm pumped. Bring on the Devils

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    Rangers in 6. You heard it here first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boogiedown Bomber
    Rangers in 6. You heard it here first.
    Agreed. I would like it much better if it was in 5..lol
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    Let's go Rangers!

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    My head says rangers in 6...

    My heart says rangers in 4

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    The 2008 NHL Playoffs schedule - Conference Quarterfinals

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/news/story?id=3332838

    No. 1 Montreal Canadiens vs. No. 8 Boston Bruins
    Thursday, April 10, Boston at Montreal, 7 p.m.
    Saturday, April 12, Boston at Montreal, 7 p.m.
    Sunday, April 13, Montreal at Boston, 7 p.m.
    Tuesday, April 15, Montreal at Boston, 7 p.m.
    Thursday, April 17, Boston at Montreal, 7 p.m.
    Saturday, April 19, Montreal at Boston, TBD
    Monday, April 21, Boston at Montreal, TBD


    No. 2 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. No. 7 Ottawa Senators
    Wednesday, April 9, Ottawa at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
    Friday, April 11, Ottawa at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
    Monday, April 14, Pittsburgh at Ottawa, 7 p.m.
    Wednesday, April 16, Pittsburgh at Ottawa, 7 p.m.
    Saturday, April 19, Ottawa at Pittsburgh, TBD
    Sunday, April 20, Pittsburgh at Ottawa, TBD
    Tuesday, April 22, Ottawa at Pittsburgh, TBD


    No. 3 Washington Capitals vs. No. 6 Philadelphia Flyers
    Friday, April 11, Philadelphia at Washington, 7 p.m.
    Sunday, April 13, Philadelphia at Washington, 2 p.m.
    Tuesday, April 15, Washington at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
    Thursday, April 17, Washington at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
    Saturday, April 19, Philadelphia at Washington, 1 p.m.
    Monday, April 21, Washington at Philadelphia, TBD
    Tuesday, April 22, Philadelphia at Washington, TBD


    No. 4 New Jersey Devils vs. No. 5 New York Rangers
    Wednesday, April 9, NY Rangers at New Jersey, 7 p.m.
    Friday, April, 11, NY Rangers at New Jersey, 7 p.m.
    Sunday, April 13, New Jersey at NY Rangers, 7 p.m.
    Wednesday, April 16, New Jersey at NY Rangers, 7 p.m.
    Friday, April, 18, NY Rangers at New Jersey, 7:30 p.m.
    Sunday, April 20, New Jersey at NY Rangers, TBD
    Tuesday, April 22, NY Rangers at New Jersey, TBD


    Western Conference


    No. 1 Detroit Red Wings vs. No. 8 Nashville Predators
    Thursday, April 10, Nashville at Detroit, 7 p.m.
    Saturday, April 12, Nashville at Detroit, 2 p.m.
    Monday, April 14, Detroit at Nashville, TBD
    Wednesday, April 16, Detroit at Nashville, TBD
    Friday, April 18, Nashville at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
    Sunday, April 20, Detroit at Nashville, 3 p.m.
    Tuesday, April 22, Nashville at Detroit, TBD


    No. 2 San Jose Sharks vs. No. 7 Calgary Flames
    Wednesday, April 9, Calgary at San Jose, 10 p.m.
    Thursday, April 10, Calgary at San Jose, 10 p.m.
    Sunday, April 13, San Jose at Calgary, 10 p.m.
    Tuesday, April 15, San Jose at Calgary, 10 p.m.
    Thursday, April 17, Calgary at San Jose, 10 p.m.
    Sunday, April 20, San Jose at Calgary, TBD
    Tuesday, April 22, Calgary at San Jose, TBD


    No. 3 Minnesota Wild vs. No. 6 Colorado Avalanche
    Wednesday, April 9, Colorado at Minnesota, 9 p.m.
    Friday April 11, Colorado at Minnesota, 9 p.m.
    Monday, April 14, Minnesota at Colorado, 10 p.m.
    Tuesday, April 15, Minnesota at Colorado, 10 p.m.
    Thursday, April 17, Colorado at Minnesota, 9 p.m.
    Saturday, April 19, Minnesota at Colorado, TBD
    Tuesday, April 22, Colorado at Minnesota, TBD


    No. 4 Anaheim Ducks vs. No. 5 Dallas Stars
    Thursday, April 10, Dallas at Anaheim, 10 p.m.
    Saturday, April 12, Dallas at Anaheim, 10 p.m.
    Tuesday, April 15, Anaheim at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.
    Thursday, April 17, Anaheim at Dallas, 8 p.m.
    Friday, April 18, Dallas at Anaheim, 10:30 p.m.
    Sunday, April 20, Anaheim at Dallas, TBD
    Tuesday, April 22, Dallas at Anaheim, TBD
    "Losing is not my enemy, fear of losing is my enemy." - Tennis champion Rafael Nadal

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    Some first round picks...

    Habs in 5 over the Bruins (if Marc Savard gets healthy the Bs have a better chance)
    Pens in 5 over the Senators (how the heck did the Sens make the playoffs).
    Caps in 5 over the Flyers (the Caps will be a force to reckoned with in the playoffs)
    Devils in 7 over the Rangers (my heart says Devils in 4...my head says Devils in 7 )


    Red Wings in 4 over the Preds (the Wings should make easy work of Nashville)
    Sharks in 6 over the Flames (Nabokov was the best goalie in the league, IMHO)
    Avs in 6 over the Wild (I don't really get a feel for this series. Haven't seen enough of either team)
    Ducks in 7 over Stars (Ducks are solid, Stars can score goals. Could go either way).

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    I'm looking forward to the Ducks/Stars series out west. Should be the most competitive.

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    Montreal has beaten the Bruins in 11 straight, so I'd be shocked if they made a series out of it. It's a credit to them that they're even in it this year though, with a pretty thin roster made even worse by injuries to a few of their top guys. I read today that Bergeron has been cleared for contact, so maybe he could come back and give them a lift, who knows?
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    In Panama right now.........will try to get my predictions soon......GO HABS GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Lemme take a stab at this...

    Habs in 7 over the Bruins - Bruins get Patrice Begeron back for this series which is a HUGE boost. Carey Price's inexperience will show in this series but the Habs have too much talent to bow out this early.

    Pick to clicks - Alex Kovalev, Marc Savard

    Goat of the Series: No one, This one will be a good one.

    Senators in 6 over Penguins - My upset pick of the first round. Sens have been down for a while and are lucky to be in the playoffs. Neither team is solid in net but the Sens have been here before (cup finals last year) and Marian Hossa is a known playoff choker. Sure the Pens have Crosby and Malkin but Malkin isn't nearly as effective when Crosby is in the lineup. Sens abused the Pens last year and I expect them to physically drain them again this year.

    Picks to Click: Jason Spezza, Sidney Crosby

    Goat of the series - Marian Hossa

    Caps in 6 over the Flyers - Alex Ovechkin, enough said. Flyers will continue to fail because they aren't strong between the pipes (will they ever learn?) Ovechkin alone can win a series or two for the Caps this year. If they get anything from anyone else, they have a chance to go even deeper.

    Picks to Click - Alex Ovechkin, Mike Richards

    Goat of the Series: Martin Biron.

    Rangers in 6 over the Devils - The Devils D will be exposed big time in this series. The Rangers have better scoring depth on their lines and blow the Devils leader ship out of the water. Broduer has had poor playoff performances lately, and if it happens again, I'm sure that it will be blamed on fatigue again (hey, isn't that what they signed Kevin Weekes for?)

    Picks to Click - Chris Drury, Zach Parise

    Goat of the series- Colin White

    Red Wings in 5 over the Preds - I'm not a big Wings fan, but the Preds don't stand a chance here. Wings will dominate. Not much else to say here (except if nashville wants to send Shea Weber to the Rangers in the off season, we're listening!)

    Picks to Click - Henrik Zetterberg, JP Dumont

    Goat of the series- No single player on the Preds will be responsible for losing.

    Sharks in 6 over the Flames - I like the Flames and Mike Keenan is a great coach for Calgary but the Sharks are flat out the most dominant team in the West. Brian Campbell was a much better pick up than I thought he would be. Joe Thornton HAS to do something in this series though. Nabakov should win the Vezina this year.

    Picks to click - Brian Campbell, Jarome Iginla

    Goat of the series- Dion Phaneuf

    Wild over Avs in 5 - Defense and Goaltending win in the playoffs. Wild have that over the Avs in spades. Gaborik can dominate the game as well as almost anyone when hes on.

    Picks to clock - Marian Gaborik, Paul Stastny

    Goat of the Series - Jose Theodore.

    Ducks in 7 over Stars - this is the toughest series to call. The Ducks will be getting Corey Perry back for the playoffs and have missed his presence the last few weeks. I really like Dallas as a team but Anaheim is the most physically imposing team in the playoffs. I wish this was a match up in a later round but home ice will make the difference in this series.

    Picks to Click - Corey Perry, Mike Ribero

    Goat of the series- Marty Turco

    What the NHL is hoping for...

    The Rangers, Habs, Caps and Pens to move on. That would set up a 2nd round of...

    Rangers Vs Habs- 2 original 6 teams.

    and...

    Caps vs Pens - Crosby Vs Ovechkin - The NHL would marked the ever living ................ out of this series. I will get overly annoyed by the over played commercials on Vs. if this happens.

    in the west...

    Sharks, Wings, Ducks and Wild...

    Wings vs Wild - a mid west battle with 2 rabid fan bases.

    Sharks vs Ducks - NorCal vs SoCal. this series would be a barn burner.

    Should be fun. I just hope that the refs don't favor certian teams (IE. Pitt, Montreal) and the teams that move on deserve to do so.

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    Re: 2008 NHL Playoffs Thread

    Here are my predictions

    Habs over Bruins in 5
    Pens over Sens in 7
    Rangers over Devils in 6
    Caps over Flyers in 6

    Wings over Predators in 5
    Sharks over Flames in 5
    Wild over Avalanche in 6
    Stars over Ducks in 7

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    Quote Originally Posted by montrealer
    In Panama right now.........will try to get my predictions soon......GO HABS GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Don't get yellow fever down there, EH?!

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    BB55's First Round Predictions - Eastern Conference: Series by Series

    #1 Montreal Canadiens v. #8 Boston Bruins

    Montreal Canadiens: Key Bulletpoints

    - Home grown talent: Mike Komisarek, Chris Higgins, Andrei Kostitsyn, Tomas Plekanec and Carey Price

    - Deep team: 4 20+ goal scorers, 7 players with 50+ including Alexei Kovalev, Andrei Markov, and Saku Koivu

    - Deadly Power Play

    - Guy Carbonneau's first bite of playoff hockey

    Boston Bruins: Key Bulletpoints

    - Banged-up Bruins: Marc Savard, Marco Sturm, Patrice Bergeon, and Chuck Kobasew had injury stints

    - Stay out of the Box

    - Revenge Part 1: Claude Julien revenge on Les Habs

    - Revenge Part 2: Payback from 2004 series?

    BB55's Pick: The B's won't go down without a fight. Savard, Bergeon, Sturm, and Kobasew are healthy and give them a boost on offense. However, if the B's put the Canadiens on the power play often, it will be another first round exit for the B's since advancing to Round 2 in 1999. The Canadiens have too much offense for the Bruins to overcome. Canadiens in 6.
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    BB55's First Round Predictions - Eastern Conference: Series by Series

    #2 Pittsburgh Penguins v. #7 Ottawa Senators

    Pittsburgh Penguins: Key Bulletpoints

    - Ton of firepower: Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Ryan Whitney, Marian Hossa, and Sergei Gonchar

    - Special Teams: Very good PP, not a good PK

    - G Marc-Andre Fleury stepping up

    - Brooks Orpik, Darryl Sydor, Whitney, and Hal Gill neutralize Jason Spezza, Daniel Alfredsson, and Dany Heatley

    Ottawa Senators: Key Bulletpoints

    - Which Sens will show up: red-hot from the start or limping down the stretch

    - More scoring other than the Spezza, Alfredsson, and Heatley line

    - Martin Gerber stepping up?

    - Underdog mentality

    BB55's Pick: Will the Sens stem the tide to win the series? They better do it early. Will Marian Hossa get rid of the choker label? He needs to be a huge factor in the scoresheet. I see a different result this time around. Penguins in 6.
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    BB55's First Round Predictions - Eastern Conference: Series by Series

    #3 Washington Capitals v. #6 Philadelphia Flyers

    Washington Capitals: Key Bulletpoints

    - Alexander Ovechkin leading the Caps run and gun style

    - Cristobal Huet: a steal between the pipes

    - Fast, physical, and have no fear

    - Verizon Center

    Philadelphia Flyers: Key Bulletpoints

    - Mike Richards, Jeff Carter and R.J. Umberger lead the Daniel Briere supporting cast

    - Stable in net between Martin Biron and Antero Niittymaki, but who emerge as the quality #1

    - Fast, physical, and have no fear

    - Flyers fans in Broad Street

    BB55's Pick: This should be a dandy. Both teams can fly down the ice, both have grit, and both have nothing to lose. In a tough series to call, I think Huet in goal and the Capitals momentum down the stretch made me give them the nod. Capitals in 6.
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    BB55's First Round Predictions - Eastern Conference: Series by Series

    #4 New Jersey Devils v. #5 New York Rangers

    New Jersey Devils: Key Bulletpoints

    - Martin Brodeur and the Devils thin blue line: Paul Martin, Colin White and Johnny Oduya, Mike Mottau, Andy Greene and Bryce Salvador

    - The Sutter style

    - John Madden v. Scott Gomez

    - Role players Mike Rupp, David Clarkson and Sergei Brylin supplementing their stars Brian Gionta, Patrik Elias and Zach Parise

    New York Rangers: Key Bulletpoints

    - Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers thin blue line led by Michal Rozsival, Marc Staal, Fedor Tyutin, Daniel Girardi, and Christian Backman

    - Scott Gomez v. John Madden

    - Role players Sean Avery, Brandon Dubinsky, Nigel Dawes, Ryan Callahan, Fredik Sjostrom, and Petr Prucha complimenting their stars Gomez, Chris Drury, Jaromir Jagr, and Brendan Shanahan

    - Healthy this time against the Devils: can they back up their regular season domination against their Hudson River rivals?

    BB55's Pick: Who will hold serve on home ice? Both teams are very good at home during the season. Which goalie will outplay who? Which team will make all the plays on offense and neutralize the top guns on defense? Which team will emerge on special teams? Expect a low scoring, tight checking series between these two since those two know each other well. Both teams have playoff experience. I think the Blueshirts talent edge will get them through to Round 2. Rangers in 6.
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    BB55's First Round Predictions - Western Conference: Series by Series

    #1 Detroit Red Wings v. #8 Nashville Predators

    Detroit Red Wings: Key Bulletpoints

    - Red light firepower, stingy defense, and superb special teams

    - Play with fire and emotion

    - Anyone can score for the Red Wings

    - Joe Louis Arena

    Nashville Predators: Key Bulletpoints

    - Overcoming adversity

    - Hurt the Red Wings defense with the punishing forecheck and scoring depth besides the Jason Arnott, J.P. Dumont and Alexander Radulov line

    - Young blueliners step up to challenge the Red Wings: Shea Weber, Dan Hamhuis, Ryan Suter, Greg Zanon, and Ville Koistinen, joining Marek Zidlicky and Greg de Vries

    - Sommet Center: Home Ice advantage?

    BB55's Pick: The Nashville Predators overcame a lot of adversity to make the postseason. GM David Poile and coach Barry Trotz should get kudos for guiding the Preds into the playoffs despite owner Craig Leopold stripping down the team. Poile had to trade G Tomas Vokoun, forward Scott Hartnell and defenseman Kimmo Timmonen and seeing Paul Kariya and Peters Forsberg leave the Music City via free agency. Still, the Preds made the postseason for the third straight year. However, the Red Wings just have too much of everything for the Predators to neutralize. Red Wings in 5.
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    BB55's First Round Predictions - Western Conference: Series by Series

    #2 San Jose Sharks v. #7 Calgary Flames

    San Jose Sharks: Key Bulletpoints

    - Can Team Teal finally deliver the goods? They have something to prove

    - Peaking at the right time? Patrick Marleau is the key for the Sharks forwards to ease Joe Thornton; Brian Campbell is the key on the Sharks blueline; Mike Grier and Jody Shelley add grit and muscle to Team Teal

    - Evgeni Nabokov

    - Road Warriors and stingy in the Shark Tank

    Calgary Flames: Key Bulletpoints

    - Dion Phaneuf v. Sharks offense

    - Flames grit v. Sharks skill

    - Jarome Iginla being consistent; others? not so much

    - Miikka Kiprusoff

    BB55's Pick: Mike Keenan's iron sharpens iron, hard nose style is a perfect fit for the Flames. The Flames will use their will and grit to neutralize Thornton, Marleau, Milan Michalek, and Jonathan Cheechoo. The Sharks finished strong and they also have the grit to compliment their skill. I do think the Sharks scoring depth and having something to prove will get my nod for this series. Sharks in 6.
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    Just a couple of things...

    -Don't expect to see much of Andy Greene once Bryce Salvador is healthy. The only reason he is in the line up is because of that injury. The defense will be Oduya-Martin, White-Mottau, Vishnevski-Salvador when that happens. I'd like to see Rachunek come in for Mottau but he has been banished from the ice for unofficially signing in Russia for next year. Regardless, the only decent pairing is the Oduya-Martin one. White has been solid but he has not been the same player pre-eye injury. This is probably the weakest defensive corps the Devils have in the playoffs in a long while. Its a shame they couldn't hold onto Rafalski and Lukowich last offseason.

    -You are right about the Sutter style. They need to be aggressive on the fore check. They won't win if they are not. They need to play for the full game too.

    -Good points about the matchup of Madden vs. Gomez. It looks like Sutter wants to have the Zubrus-Rupp-Clarkson line go against the Straka-Dubinsky-Jagr since Zubrus played against Jagr last year in the playoffs. The other matchup Sutter is going for is the Pandolfo-Madden-Gionta line vs. the Avery-Gomez-Shanahan line. The Zubrus-Rupp-Clarkson line is key for the Devils, they need to be an effective physical prescence and they need to score timely goals (Grant Marshall 03 style) while keeping the puck out of their net.

    -Parise-Elias-Langenbrunner has been the top line for the Devils most of the year and they need to step up because of how thin the Devils are on offense. If they heat up, the Devils have a good chance, if not, then they are going to be deep in the hole.

    -I see you noted the Rangers experience being an edge. I saw that on ESPN and it confuses me. The Devils core has been around for awhile and won some Cups together. I think the Devils have the edge in experience. The Devils have Brodeur and Brylin with 3, Elias, Langenbrunner, Pandolfo, Madden, and White with 2, and Gionta and Rupp each with 1. On the Rangers you have Shanahan with 3, Jagr and Gomez with 2, and Drury with 1.
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    There is no team in sports I hate more than the Rangers. I hate other teams as much but certainly not more. I didn't want to go to school for a week after game 7 in 94 and I still harbor resentment, three Stanley Cups later. Come on fellas. Devils in 6 games. NJ needs a long playoff run and the exposure it brings to cement the new arena as a place to go. Don't think the Devils have what it takes to win it all but who knows.
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    BB55's First Round Predictions - Western Conference: Series by Series

    #3 Minnesota Wild v. #6 Colorado Avalanche

    Minnesota Wild: Key Bulletpoints

    - Scoring by committee led by Marian Gaborik

    - Meat and muscle: Todd Fedoruk, Chris Simon, Derek Boogaard, and Sean Hill

    - Better Special Teams

    - Nicklas Backstrom

    Colorado Avalanche: Key Bulletpoints

    - Can they stay healthy? They survive in the regular season, but the playoffs are a different beast

    - Youngsters Paul Stasny and Wojtek Wolski compliment vets Joe Sakic, Peter Forsberg, Ryan Smyth, and Milan Hejduk, Marek Svatos, Jordan Leopold, and John-Michael Liles on offense; Adam Foote, Ruslan Salei, and Scott Hannan have a shot to neutralize and contain Gaborik

    - Step up on special teams

    - Jose Theodore: playing well down the stretch, but can it carry in the playoffs?

    BB55's Pick: This is a tighter series than most people think. If all key players like Sakic, Stasny, Forsberg, and Foote are healthy, the Avs have a shot at revenge on the Wild. The Wild came back from 3-1 down to shock the Avs in the 2003 playoffs. However, the edge in goal and special teams will be a repeat series win this year for the Wild. Wild in 6.
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    Quote Originally Posted by njdhockey
    Just a couple of things...

    -Don't expect to see much of Andy Greene once Bryce Salvador is healthy. The only reason he is in the line up is because of that injury. The defense will be Oduya-Martin, White-Mottau, Vishnevski-Salvador when that happens. I'd like to see Rachunek come in for Mottau but he has been banished from the ice for unofficially signing in Russia for next year. Regardless, the only decent pairing is the Oduya-Martin one. White has been solid but he has not been the same player pre-eye injury. This is probably the weakest defensive corps the Devils have in the playoffs in a long while. Its a shame they couldn't hold onto Rafalski and Lukowich last offseason.

    -You are right about the Sutter style. They need to be aggressive on the fore check. They won't win if they are not. They need to play for the full game too.

    -Good points about the matchup of Madden vs. Gomez. It looks like Sutter wants to have the Zubrus-Rupp-Clarkson line go against the Straka-Dubinsky-Jagr since Zubrus played against Jagr last year in the playoffs. The other matchup Sutter is going for is the Pandolfo-Madden-Gionta line vs. the Avery-Gomez-Shanahan line. The Zubrus-Rupp-Clarkson line is key for the Devils, they need to be an effective physical prescence and they need to score timely goals (Grant Marshall 03 style) while keeping the puck out of their net.

    -Parise-Elias-Langenbrunner has been the top line for the Devils most of the year and they need to step up because of how thin the Devils are on offense. If they heat up, the Devils have a good chance, if not, then they are going to be deep in the hole.

    -I see you noted the Rangers experience being an edge. I saw that on ESPN and it confuses me. The Devils core has been around for awhile and won some Cups together. I think the Devils have the edge in experience. The Devils have Brodeur and Brylin with 3, Elias, Langenbrunner, Pandolfo, Madden, and White with 2, and Gionta and Rupp each with 1. On the Rangers you have Shanahan with 3, Jagr and Gomez with 2, and Drury with 1.
    I mentioned Andy Greene for depth, just in case one of the Devils blueliners get hurt.

    The Sutter coaching family is known for their grinding, aggressive style with hard practices.

    Another key is which defense can ease the pressure off their goalies by blocking shots.

    It's not easy trying to heavily rely on one scoring line to defeat the Rangers since the Devils are thin on offense.

    As for the experience edge, I think both teams have experience. I edited my post.
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