Puck Playoffs by Kevin Stott for Wed., April 30,2008

April 30, 2008 8:16 PM
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by Kevin Stott | Montreal Canadiens at Philadelphia Flyers (G4) (Versus TV): The Philadelphia Flyers went from one of the worst teams in the NHL last season to one of the best year and have momentum, confidence and talent in their corner than the Canadiens do as we head down the homestretch. Daniel Briere (7 playoff goals) and goaltender Martin Biron have gotten a lot of the press but the entire Flyers roster has been instrumental in ousting the Capitals and now pushing the East’s top-seed to the limit in this one.

Young Canadiens’ netminder Carey Price has been phenomenal this year but can he handle the constant pressure every game serves up in the postseason? Montreal has won five straight against Philly this year until losing Game 2 in Quebec. The playoffs are all about rising to the occasion and it seems the Flyers are getting up for their games more than the Canadiens are to date. Lean toward the home team in this pivotal skate. FLYERS.

San Jose Sharks at Dallas Stars (G4) (Versus TV): San Jose has to be really feeling the pressure right now and not only physically has to find a way to get back in the series but must mentally deal with the reality they are not playing up top their potential this postseason. Memories of past failures creeping in?

This game will be played with that high-nervous energy because of the Sharks’ plight, and with an expected total of five goals to be posted for this one, the feel is that there will be about two goals per period due to the pace San Jose will be forced to play. Also, this is the second night of a back-to-backer in Big D. OVER 5.