Game 1 Saturday, May 29 at Chicago 8 p.m. ET NBC, CBC
Game 2 Monday, May 31 at Chicago 8 p.m. ET NBC, CBC
Game 3 Wednesday, June 2 at Philadelphia 8 p.m. ET VERSUS, CBC, RDS
Game 4 Friday, June 4 at Philadelphia 8 p.m. ET VERSUS, CBC, RDS
*Game 5 Sunday, June 6 at Chicago 8 p.m. ET NBC, CBC, RDS
*Game 6 Wednesday, June 9 at Philadelphia 8 p.m. ET NBC, CBC, RDS
*Game 7 Friday, June 11 at Chicago 8 p.m. ET NBC, CBC, RDS
Just think, there was a very realistic possibility that Philly wasn’t even going to qualify for the playoffs.
All the NY Rangers had to do was win the last regular season game at Wachovia Center.
Then again all Martin Brodeur and the Devils had to do was not fall flat on their faces in the opening round;
and all Boston had to do was not choke away a 3 games to none lead in round two;
and all Montreal had to do was not get shutout by a journeyman, neophyte goalie in the Conference Finals.
One might think the Flyers are a team of destiny, but even with all of that I still think that Chicago will win the Cup in six games and end the NHL’s longest current championship drought. The ‘Hawks last won the Stanley Cup in 1961; Philly’s last championship was 1975.
Marian Hossa and Dustin Byfuglien will be the keys for the ‘Hawks in the series; sure Chris Pronger has looked dominating during their run through the East, but now he will have to pick on someone his own size in Byfuglien — so we’ll see what transpires. Hossa makes it back to the Finals for the 3rd year in a row — with his 3rd different team — and this time he will leave a winner, in fact, I predict he will net the Cup-clinching goal in Game 6 at Philadelphia.
Chicago enters the Finals having won its last seven games on the road during this postseason, but they haven’t won a game in Philadelphia in their last eight trips; November 9, 1996 was the last Blackhawk victory.
This season in the only matchup between the Flyers and Blackhawks, Philadelphia won 3-2 on March 13 at Wachovia Center.
Both captains lead their teams in points scored during the playoffs and they rank 1 & 2 in the NHL postseason points race: Chicago’s Jonathan Toews has 26 points: 7g-19a (currently on a 13-game point streak) and Philadelphia’s Mike Richards has 21 points: 6g-15a.
Philadelphia (7-1) is the best home team in the playoffs; the ‘Hawks (7-1) are the best road team.
So yeah there’s no way I’m rooting for the Flyers, Go Blackhawks!