In the video above, ESPN NHL analyst Barry Melrose breaks down the Bruins-Flyers series and makes a prediction.
“These two teams are two of the best checking teams, two of the most physical teams in the NHL,” Melrose says. “I really expect a physical, hard-nosed, in-your-face style of play.
“I think the Flyers aren’t as good in net. I give the edge to the Bruins. Five-on-5 I give the edge to the Flyers. I think they have a deeper group of forwards. Defense I give the edge to the Flyers. With [Chris] Pronger back in the lineup I think that’s one of the best defenses if not the best defense in the NHL.
Melrose’s picks? He’s taking the Flyers in six or seven games, pointing to Boston’s struggles on the power play as the biggest reason why.