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Flyers, Penguins Evenly Matched for First Round Feud

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers

1 April 15 Pittsburgh 7:00 p.m. CSN, Versus
2 April 17 Pittsburgh 7:00 p.m. CSN, Versus
3 April 19 Philadelphia TICKETS 3:00 p.m. NBC
4 April 21 Philadelphia TICKETS 7:00 p.m. CSN, Versus
*5 April 23 Pittsburgh 7:00 p.m. CSN, Versus
*6 April 25 Philadelphia TICKETS 3:00 p.m. NBC
*7 April 27 Pittsburgh TBD CSN, Versus

* - if necessary

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Get the children inside -- here comes the Keystone Clash! The NHL's two Pennsylvania-based teams don't like one another and the beneficiaries are hockey fans who should see a great series.

The Penguins and Flyers each finished with 99 points, and the Pens earned the home-ice advantage with 45 wins, compared to the Flyers' 44. Staying with the "Hey, they're evenly matched" argument, both teams scored 264 goals on the season and were one goal apart defensively, with the Pens surrendering 239 and the Flyers 238.

There is star power aplenty here, with the Penguins boasting regular-season scoring champ Evgeni Malkin (113 points) and Sidney Crosby, who finished third with 103 points. Philly isn't far off the star meter, either, with Jeff Carter and his 46 goals and the overall excellence of Mike Richards and Simon Gagne.

Now, toss in a Hatfield vs. McCoy mentality and this series has the potential to be the most entertaining of the opening round.

With two of the League's top scorers, offense is not one of the Penguins' worries.

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