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Great Playoff Debate: Stanley Cup Finals

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers
Panthers broadcasters Steve Goldstein (FSN Florida) and Randy Moller (790 The Ticket) are back for their third go around to break down the Playoffs series all the way until the Stanley Cup. The two will each pick a winner for each series and why they think that team will win. There will of course be some jawing, but all in good fun.

Both Randy Moller and Steve Goldstein correctly guessed that Chicago and Philadelphia would be in the Stanley Cup finals after beating San Jose and Montreal respectively.

Now it comes down to the big question. Which team will take home hockey's holy grail, the Stanley Cup?

Let's get on to the picks.

Jeff Carter and Jonathan Toews
Stanley Cup Finals
(#2) Chicago vs (#7) Philadelphia

Randy Moller - Two teams that finished at the bottom of the standings back in 2007, go to the finals in 2010.

This series will come down to “head to head” battles. The Blackhawks are the favorites, and knowing that front runner Goldie, he will make the “safe “ bet. Watch for these battles to determine a chance to sip from Lord Stanley’s Cup…will Michael Leighton continue his Cinderella post season? Antti Niemi of the Hawks could come up soft. Jonathan Toews and Mike Richards will battle for the Conn Smyth Trophy for playoff MVP.

The Flyers pillar of nastiness Chris Pronger jostling Hawks Dustin Byfuglien in front of the net. Chicago checkers Dave Bolland and John Madden against the Flyers snipers Claude Giroux and Daniel Briere.

Philly’s penalty killing is the reason they are in the finals. Chicago must score on their power play opportunities. Marion Hossa will be the key to this series. Flyers will “steal” a game in the Windy City, and defeat the Hawks in 7.

Steve Goldstein - The Blackhawks will end their 49 year Cup drought. They are playing at such a high level right now, Philadelphia won't be able to win four times.

Jonathan Toews is red hot and his matchup with fellow Olympian Mike Richards will be something to see.

Both teams are loaded up front but Chicago has the better backend. The goalies, neither was on the radar back in October, have both played great. The Madhouse on Madison will be rocking and the Hawks take it in 6 games. The Flyers have been impressive and will play well, but like San Jose, it won't be enough to take Chicago down.

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