|NHL Playoff Preview Capsules|
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|Wednesday, 07 May 2008 10:45|
No. 2 PITTSBURGH PENGUINS (47-27-8) vs. No. 6 PHILADELPHIA FLYERS (42-29-11).
2007-08 series record: Philadelphia 5-3.
How they got here: Pittsburgh defeated No. 7 Ottawa 4-0; No. 5 New York Rangers 4-1. Philadelphia defeated No. 3 Washington 4-3; No. 1 Montreal 4-1.
Playoff History: Philadelphia 3-0. Last meeting: Philadelphia 4-2 in 2000 conference semifinals.
Last Stanley Cup semifinals appearance: Pittsburgh lost 4-1 to New Jersey in 2001. Philadelphia lost 4-3 to Tampa Bay in 2004.
Last Stanley Cup finals appearance: Pittsburgh beat Chicago 4-0 in 1992. Philadelphia lost 4-0 to Detroit in 1997.
Sidney Crosby has 19 points, placing him in a 17th-place tie on the Penguins' career list. He has two goals and 12 assists this postseason. ... Pittsburgh used three goalies against Philadelphia this season, with Marc-Andre Fleury earning two of the three victories with a 2.00 goals-against average. Fleury looks completely recovered from a high ankle sprain that limited him to 35 games in the regular season. He is 8-1 in the playoffs with a 1.76 GAA and has stopped 240 of 256 postseason shots. ... Marian Hossa, acquired from Atlanta at the trade deadline, scored only 13 goals in 55 playoff games before this year. He has five goals and five assists in nine games for Pittsburgh. ... Penguins are 5-0 at home in the playoffs for the first time in team history, and have won 13 straight there dating to the regular season.
nly teams since the playoffs expanded to four rounds in 1980 to finish with the NHL's worst record and win two series the following season. ... Martin Biron is showing few jitters during his first playoff appearance. He is 8-4 with a 2.72 GAA, in playing every minute, and has allowed 34 goals on 395 shots.
OUTLOOK: Crosby and Malkin act like Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr, get Pittsburgh back to finals. Penguins in 6.
No. 1 DETROIT RED WINGS (54-21-7) vs. No. 5 DALLAS STARS (45-30-7)
2007-08 series record: Detroit 3-1.
How they got here: Detroit defeated No. 8 Nashville 4-2; No. 6 Colorado 4-0. Dallas defeated No. 4 Anaheim 4-2; No. 2 San Jose 4-2.
Playoff History: Detroit 3-0. Last meeting: Detroit 4-2 in 1998 conference finals.
Last Stanley Cup semifinals appearance: Detroit lost 4-2 to Anaheim in 2007. Dallas beat Colorado 4-3 in 2000.
Last Stanley Cup finals appearance: Detroit beat Carolina 4-1 in 2002. Dallas lost 4-2 to New Jersey in 2000.
yuk tied for the team lead with three goals against Dallas during the season. ... G Chris Osgood is 6-0 since taking over for Dominik Hasek during Game 4 of the opening-round series against Nashville. He has a 1.52 goals-against average, allowing only 10 goals on 159 shots. Hasek was 2-2 in four games with a 2.91 GAA and .888 save percentage. ... Osgood is three playoff wins away from tying Terry Sawchuk's team mark of 47 career postseason victories. Before stints with the New York Islanders and St. Louis, Osgood led the Red Wings to the 1998 Stanley Cup title - their second straight - with a 16-6 mark and 2.12 GAA. ... Red Wings clinched seventh straight Central Division title with 5-3 win against Dallas on March 13.
DALLAS: Marty Turco has four shutouts in his past 19 playoff starts, dating to last year's playoffs, including one this year. In his three most recent series, Turco is 11-8 with a 1.56 GAA and a .938 save percentage. He finished off San Jose with a 61-save effort on Sunday night in Dallas' 2-1 victory in the fourth overtime of Game 6. ... Turco, a former University of Michigan player, is 0-7-2 in his previous 10 starts in Detroit. ... Stars captain Brenden Morrow, who scored the series-clinching, power-play goal vs. San Jose, leads the league with 66 playoff hits. He is second among forwards in average ice time at 23 minutes, 32 seconds. ... Morrow is first on the club with seven goals, Mike Ribeiro is first with 11 assists and 14 points. Morrow is tied for second with Brad Richards with 11 points. ... Richards became the 13th player with four points in a playoff period when he had a goal and three assists in the third period of Dallas' Game 2 win at San Jose.
OUTLOOK: Osgood parties like it's 1998. Red Wings in 6.