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2010 Stanley Cup Final: Chicago Blackhawks vs Philadelphia Flyers Preview & Prediction [With BlackHawks Ice Girls Gallery]

Here is the schedule for the Stanley Cup final:

Game 1 at Chicago, Saturday, 8 p.m. ET
Game 2 at Chicago, May 31, 8 p.m. ET
Game 3 at Philadelphia, June 2, 8 p.m. ET
Game 4 at Philadelphia, June 4, 8 p.m. ET
Game 5* at Chicago, June 6, 8 p.m. ET
Game 6* at Philadelphia, June 9, 8 p.m. ET
Game 7* at Chicago, June 11, 8 p.m. ET

STANLEY CUP FINAL

Chicago Blackhawks

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Philadelphia Flyers

Season Series: Flyers won only meeting 3-2

Who Will Win the 2010 Stanley Cup?

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The Chicago Blackhawks have proved to be the best team in the NHL’s Western Conference by beating teams who possess speed coupled with skill, great goaltending, as well as size and strength. Now, they have to beat a team who is full of heart and determination when they face the Philadelphia Flyers in the Stanley Cup Final. The way the Flyers won the Eastern Conference was phenomenal and don’t kid yourself thinking they can’t give the Blackhawks a run for their money. But can the Flyers beat the Hawks? Ultimately, if the Hawks’ continue to play the way they have been, the short answer is no and after reading this preview, you’ll see the long answer is also no. In Chicago, it’s not a matter of one player doing it all (see Crosby round one), or a goaltender standing on his head (see Halak rounds one and two), but by the entire team playing in unity with a sense of confidence that no team is going to halt their greatness. It’s been too long since the Blackhawks have reigned supreme and hoisted Lord Stanley and you can bet they aren’t about to let the Flyers stop their dream season. In round one of the playoffs, they faced off against the Nashville Predators and after a slow start (four goals in first three goals), and falling down 2-1 in the series, the Hawks’ knocked off three straight to move onto the second round. In the final three games, Chicago combined for 13 goals and stole two of the games in Nashville rink… which would be the first of many road wins. As round two rolled around, the Hawks lost games one and five (on home ice) against the Canucks but won all three games played in Vancouver taking their road-win streak to five games. In the Western Conference final, the San Jose Sharks thought they had finally gotten rid of their playoffs woes but Chicago was determined to silence their opponents (and their fans) by winning back-to-back games in San Jose to start the series. The Blackhawks steak of seven consecutive wins on the road is so impressive that the team decided to stay in a hotel when they returned to Chicago for game three, keeping chemistry and the sense of togetherness. Well, it worked and after San Jose tied the game to push it into overtime, it was Byfuglien (get used to his name) who netted the game winner sending the United Centre into a frenzy. Game four was no different as Chicago completed the Western Conference Finals sweep with a 4-2 victory.

It is undeniable that Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane have matured as NHL superstars and in their young careers have lead Chicago into battles over the last two years. Unfortunately Detroit got the best of Chicago last year, but this year is different as not only have Toews and Kane stepped up, but the entire core of their team have all out played their opponent in every way possible. The entire squad have pulled up their socks and done what is necessary to win every night, but Jonathan Toews still needs to get his credit where credit is due. After just turning 22-years-old, Toews is doing what many expect of Ovechkin and Crosby… to lead the playoffs in points. Not only has Toews lead his team, but he’s been dominant in the process. While Breire and Richards are somewhat on his heels in points, I’ll take Kane and Toews over Briere and Richards for all 82 regular season games and playoffs. Move past Toews and Kane (or say they have a bad game one night), Chicago can rely on Patrick Sharp, Marian Hossa and Dustin Byfuglien to cash in. And is it just me or does Hossa have a REALLY good sense at picking what team is going to make it to the Stanley Cup each year… if he wasn’t locked into Chicago and went somewhere next year, it’d be a safe bet to throw down $1000 on his team to win their conference… just saying’. Back to Chicago. There’s no question, the Blackhawks have a juggernaut offence that can put up six or seven goals a night, but what they also have that no other team does, is incredible defense paired with that offensive punch. Keith, Seabrook, Campbell, Hjalmarsson, Johnsson and Sopel… you won’t fix a better six on any team. Period. The biggest question mark prior to the 2010 NHL playoffs regarding Chicago was if Antti Niemi would crumble and crash, or if he’d be a rock between the pipes. If you’ve taken the time to read this far in my preview, you’re a fan of the game and know damn well that Niemi has been one of the best goalies thus far and is a reason the Blackhawks are contending for the cup. Teams who have won the Stanley Cup in the past have had offence, defense, goaltending, power-play and penalty kill… and Chicago has it all.

The Philadelphia Flyers refuse to make their exit from the 2010 playoffs and have done the unexpected when you consider they had to win the last game of the regular season (in a shoot-out) against the New York Rangers just to clinch their playoff berth. The victory gave the Flyers the slight momentum they needed to knock off the New Jersey Devils, which they did in five games and faster than any other team in the first round. Beating the Devils wasn’t that much of a challenge for Philadelphia and even though they took some injuries in the series, the fact other first round series went the distance, gave the Flyers important time to heel. The lay-off was great to get healthy, but the eight days with-out playing a game took away all the momentum that Philly was riding and when their second round series started against the Bruins, it showed tremendously. Boston took an early 3-0 lead in the series before the Flyers won four straight handing the Bruins questionable the greatest collapse in sports history. Everyone, and I mean everyone was saying the Flyers were done, but they refused to roll over and die and moved on to the Eastern Conference Final against Montreal. The Habs had just come off two unbelievable series against Washington and Pittsburgh that both involved comeback wins. So they’d have no problem with the Flyers, right? Wrong! Philadelphia owned games one and two shutting the Habs out in both games, while Leighton stopped all 58 shots that came his way. Game three wasn’t about Montreal stepping up their game (evident come game four), but more about the Flyers being over-confident after winning six straight. Montreal took the game 5-1, but in game four, the Canadiens put up a donut (yet again) earning Leighton his third shut-out in four games. Leighton has been unbelievable and stopped 108 of 113 shots in the first four games and without question is the reason the Flyers took a 3-1 lead in the series. In game five, Philadelphia finished of Canada’s last hope at bringing Lord Stanley back home where it truly belongs but if you want Canadian hockey players to win the Stanley Cup… start cheering for the Flyers as they are stacked with Canadian talent.

While Leighton has been phenomenal coming off the bench in the playoffs for the injured Boucher, it hasn’t only been Leighton that has put the Flyers in the Stanley Cup Final. Considering he’s only played half of the playoffs thus far, he can’t be the sole reason but it is undeniable that goaltending has played the most pivotal role in the Flyers historic run. Between Boucher and Leighton, they are both at the top in rankings for goal-against average and save percentage is extremely similar with Leighton completely dominating everyone due to his recent shutouts. If Leighton continues his stellar play, he could lead his team to victory but the rest of the team will have pick it up to beat the Hawks’. The Flyers have relied on defense to beat their opponents thus far and even though Philadelphia has a lot of talent with players such as Briere, Richards, Giroux, Leino, Gagne and Hartnell, they aren’t in the same category as Chicago. Even if defensemen Pronger, Carle and Timonen continue to do a fabulous job on the offensive end, the Flyers won’t beat the Blackhawks by trying to outscore them. They need to beat Chicago by not allowing them to score as many goals as they do. I know that sounds stupid, but in essence, if the Flyers try to out-score the Hawks’ and play Chicago’s style of hockey, the series will be over fast. Philadelphia needs to continue to play the same style that got them the Eastern Conference Championship but something concerns me about the Flyers road to the Cup…

Here lies the problem, the teams they beat (New Jersey, Boston and Montreal), are no where near Chicago in talent. By record, New Jersey was tied for 5th best in the NHL, Boston was 14th, and Montreal was 19th (three teams ahead of Montreal in the Western Conference [Blues, Flames and Ducks] didn’t make the playoffs). Chicago scored 49 more goals than New Jersey, 54 more than Montreal and 65 more than Boston in the regular season. The Flyers have been playing against teams who are not offensive juggernauts and the reason teams like Pittsburgh and Washington got knocked out by Montreal was because they only have offence, no defense. Not only is Chicago a offensive power-house that no one can stop, they have the best defense in the NHL and although the goals scored against them in the regular season was higher than they would have liked, in the playoffs, Niemi has been the real deal. He’s been playing above expectations and the rest of his team has given him a confidence that can only be gained in the playoffs. The Flyers are going have a hard time getting the puck past him, let along getting pucks on him. Trust me. Philadelphia fans have enjoyed their run at Lord Stanley and laughed as Boston fans have sobbed, but it’s going to be Chicago fans that will be celebrating their first Stanley Cup since 1961. Enjoy it, championships only come so often as you know oh’ so well in the Windy City but I have a feeling it won’t be 49 years before the Blackhawks lift Lord Stanley above their heads yet again. This is just the beginning of many for Toews, Kane and company if they can stay together.

TheCoach’s Pick: CHICAGO in FIVE

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  1. Mike says:

    Best Hawks fan north of the border writing here, I have shed tears for this team since 1965….in 7-10 days they will finally be tears of joy…..Hossa however MUST chip in

    Mac in toronto

    • TheCoach says:

      Mike, I hope for your sake you can have those tears of joy… Chicago deserves to win and it’s loyal fans like you who deserve it just as much!!

  2. Holst says:

    You’d best hope the coach’s prediction here is a little more accurate than his others have been.

    • TheCoach says:

      No one bats 1000% Holst…
      It’s been an unpredictable playoffs to say the least.. Seeds seven & eight played each other in the eastern conference final for the first time ever..

      Oh I was curious, where can I find your blog and predictions?

  3. WLP215 says:

    Don’t quit your day job, Coach… Whatever that is.

  4. Lord Stanley says:

    Coach, you have listed the Avs were one of the teams with a better record than Montreal and did not make the playoffs… do your homework before you put together one of your cheap blogs. Avs lost 4 games to 2 to the sharks. I’m not even a flyers fan and i can see that if you pulled your head out of the BlackHawks ass, some of your information would tend to seem more credible… Also i didn’t see anywhere in your post about the flyers putting up 3 goals in the 3rd period earlier this year to rip your beloved “hawks”. Am i saying the flyers are going to win…? no… but to think the hawks are going to tear through the flyers in 5 is ridiculous and almost unfair to post such a blog. That being said the ice girls are quite phenominal

    • TheCoach says:

      Lord Stanley Douche-Bag, the word ‘Avs’ was simply a typo and meant to be ‘Blues’. It’s been changed and thanks for pointing it out.

      Other than that, it’s all credible. Im not a Hawks’ fan, I’m a Canadian and want nothing more than the Stanley Cup back where it belongs… in Canada.
      Since that won’t happen for yet another year, I’ll tell it how I think it’ll happen.
      It’s funny because when I took Vancouver over Chicago earlier in the playoffs, everyone was saying I was a Canucks fan.

      We’ll see what happens when the puck drops.
      If they don’t win in five, than yeah, you can come back and tell me I was wrong… fill your boots.

      … that being said, yes, they are phenomenal and when the NBA Finals start, you can expect a nice gallery of cheerleaders to go with my preview but you’ll probably think my head is somewhere up the Lakers ass…

      KOBE!

  5. Chris says:

    I’d like to say a few things about this blog. For one, even though spell check could (and probably should) have been used, it was a great read either way. You are a talented writer, and this is coming from a current English major who enjoys reading quality pieces quite a bit. I would say that this blog shows up 99% of any pieces you see on a daily basis from ESPN, and so I think you have a bright future if you consider keeping up with your talents. Don’t let someone bash your picks, because no one is perfect, and anything can happen in a series, despite what seems to be obvious choices. You can only pick what you perceive from paper and past games, not the future.

    Secondly, I would also like to say that this blog was fairly accurate on the way you approached both teams. Your last comment stated that you are a Canadian, and so it makes me happy to see someone who is not just a hawks fan give their own unbiased opinion on them. The same thing goes with Philly. I’m a huge hawks fan, but I find it to be very boring reads when someone is a homer of either team. Their bias is so obvious that it makes it not even worth reading the outcome of their picks.

    Tonight was a great game, by the way. Hawks won 6-5, and I think they will keep up with the momentum. Both teams played great offensively, and not so great defensively. Hawks really stepped it up in the 3rd period though, and I think the 3rd period hawks really showed who they are compared to the first two. Either way, I say the series goes to 6, with the Hawks prevailing. This was a good blog and a good read, and I’ll be the first to say that you should keep writing, despite what the naysayers may write about you! I’ll be looking forward to more blog posts from you Coach!

    -Chris

    • TheCoach says:

      Chris, as a Canadian college grad, I’ll be the first to admit I have to work on using spell check and all that.
      Also the fact I type approx. 100 words per minute doesn’t help because I sometimes don’t catch things…

      But I’ll be honest, I don’t write these predictions for myself, I write them for people like you who truly enjoy the read. Thank you for the props.

      It was truly a great game and I thank you for visiting LDU and hope to see you back.

  6. Great – I should definitely say I’m impressed with your website. I had no trouble navigating through all the tabs as well as related info. It ended up being truly easy to access. Great job…

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