(6) Bruins vs. (7) Flyers
Bruins Leading Posteason Scorers: David Krejci and Mark Recchi (right), five points (three goals, two assists) each.
Flyers Leading Postseason Scorer: Mike Richards, eight points (two goals, six assists).
Bruins with Stanley Cup bling: Mark Recchi (2), Miroslav Satan, Shawn Thornton.
Flyers with Stanley Cup bling: Chris Pronger.
Something worthwhile about the Bruins: Boston has killed all 19 power plays it has faced this postseason.
Something worthwhile about the Flyers: The Flyers have given up the fewest goals (nine) of any team this postseason.
Something useless about the Bruins that is vaguely connected to the Penguins: Former Penguins forward Barry Pederson holds the Bruins record for most playoff points by a rookie. He had 18 (seven goals, 11 assists) in 1982.
Something useless about the Flyers that is vaguely connected to the Penguins: Former Penguins forward Rick MacLeish is the Flyers' career leader in game-winning postseason goals with 10.
Former Penguins on the Bruins: Andrew Ference, D; Mark Recchi, RW; Miroslav Satan, LW.
Former Penguins on the Flyers: Daniel Carcillo, LW (He was a prospect with the Penguins but never actually played with the NHL club); Sebastien Caron, G; Kevin McCarthy, assistant coach; Joe Mullen, assistant coach; Simon Nolet, scout.
Who needs to be the difference for the Bruins: Tuuka Rask. This series is going to come down to goaltending. With the Bruins having limited offensive options and the Flyers dealing with key injuries to forwards Simon Gagne and Jeff Carter, this will be a goaltending duel between Rask and Philadelphia's Brian Boucher.
Who needs to be the difference for the Flyers: Brian Boucher (right) Ditto. The Flyers might need him more even more than the Bruins need Rask given the injuries to Carter and Gagne.
Best Bruins YouTube Video We Could Find: Rask losing his mind during a shootout loss with Boston's AHL affiliate last season:
Best Flyers YouTube Video We Could Find: Check out this marvelous short film about this season's Winter Classic between the Flyers and Bruins:
EN Prediction: This will be a brutal, tough, low-scoring series. And we see the Bruins having just enough scoring and just enough of an edge in goaltending to get by the Flyers. Bruins 4-3.
(Photos: Recchi-Canadian Press; Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)