NHL – Sabres – Flyers Will Go Seven Games

25 Apr

My original prediction of the Buffalo Sabres – Philadelphia Flyers opening round playoff series was that the Flyers would win in six games, and that pick will be incorrect since the series is now going to a seventh and deciding game. I see no reason to change the pick of the Flyers as the team that will eventually win the series. I still stand by my original reasoning that the Sabres are not mentally tough enough to outwork a team in a long series, and their 5-4 overtime loss in game 6 is a great example of that lack of a “killer extinct”. They had 2-0 and 3-1 leads and blew them, went ahead again 4-3 in the third period and couldn’t hold that lead, and lost the chance to put Philly away when Ville Leino scored the game winner in the OT. Now they have to win for a third time on the road in Philly to win the series, and despite the Flyers’ huge deficiency in goaltending, I don’t see that happening. In fact, I don’t see the game even being close. Philly has been overwhelming the Sabres with their dominant forechecking and I expect them to come out flying and make sure they score early and often enough to ensure that goaltending isn’t even an issue.

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