Round 2 of the NHL playoffs has come to an end, so now its time to turn our attention to the conference finals. We’ll start with a look at the upcoming series between (1) The Pittsburgh Penguins (4) The Boston Bruins.
(Regular season head-to-head: Pittsburgh 3-0-0 vs Boston)
This series is packed with superstars, and there will be no shortage of engaging storylines to follow as well.
Looking for action? No problem. With talent like Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, David Krejci, Milan Lucic, Tuukka Rask, Jarome Iginla and so many others, there will be plenty of plays to choose from for the highlight reels.
Looking for drama? We’ve got that too. Jarome Iginla will play the Boston Bruins for the first time since the alleged “deadline snub”, where Iginila seemed to agree to play for the Bruins, only to change his mind at the last minute. He chose instead to join the Penguins for a strong playoff push. Jaromir Jagr will return to Pittsburgh, this time though, he wont be wearing a Penguins Jersey. Matt Cooke will also be in a series against the Bruins for the first time since this hit on Marc Savard. Yeah, there may be some bad blood between these two teams.
5 Key Stats
1: The Penguins led the league in scoring with 165 goals during the regular season, while the Bruins were 3rd in total goals allowed with 109.
2: The Penguins were just as dangerous on the power play, scoring on 24.7% of their chances. (2nd in the league) On the other hand, the Bruins power play was awful during the regular season, capitalizing on only 14.8% of their opportunities.
3: Boston’s penalty kill will be their best chance to even things out on special teams. Boston killed 87.1 percent of their opponent’s power plays, which was good enough to be ranked 4th in NHL.
4: Sidney Crosby scored 56 points during the regular season while playing in only 36 of his team’s 48 games. Boston will have to find a way to slow him down.
5: Boston’s David Krejci thrives in big moments, and has 17 points (5 goals, 12 assists) in only 12 games this postseason. He will have to continue his strong play if Boston hopes to keep pace with Pittsburgh’s offense.
Prediction: Pittsburgh Penguins in 6 games
The Series MVP Will Be: Pittsburgh Forward, James Neal
- Iginla settling in with Penguins as shunned Bruins await in Round 3 (calgaryherald.com)
- Pens – Bruins ECF Preview (Smackdown) (puckbuddys.com)
- Eastern Conference Finals Roundtable (stoopsports.com)