Puck Playoffs by Kevin Stott for Thursday, May 15, 2008

May 15, 2008 7:30 PM

by Kevin Stott |

Pittsburgh Penguins at Philadelphia Flyers (G4): Sooner or later, the physicality of the Capitals and Canadiens series will takes it toll on the Flyers and I’m guessing it will start to show up right about tonight in a nervous, must-win reality for the Flyers. Of all the goalies left in the playoffs (Osgood, Turco, Fleury and Biron), Philadelphia’s Biron has given up the most postseason goals despite his stellar play between the pipes.

With 21-year-old phenom Marc-Andre Fleury getting it done for Pittsburgh, coach Michel Therrien should stay where he’s at as the Penguins have one of the youngest and most-talented rosters in the NHL. Just how good will this team be in five years when Malkin, Fleury, Stahl and Crosby get even more experience at their craft?

With Philly possibly being favored in this one, let’s take the better hockey team and hope for the best and hedge it with the over as these two averaged 6½ goals per game in the regular season in their four meetings at the Wachovia Center. PENGUIINS -180, OVER 5½.