I'll take the Devils in round one for a number of reasons...1 -
We tend to own Brodeur even when he's hot. For some reason or another, he has always struggled against the Pens.2 -
IMO, the Devils peaked way too early and are ripe for the picking. Sutter attempted taking the hardline with the team a week ago and they did not respond, losing to the Penguins 6-1. 3 -
Compared to the Wachovia Center and Verizon Center, the Prudential Center is not nearly as hostile. Philly has always been hostile and while Penguin fans use to fill the Verizon Center, that is no longer the case. Both places are very hostile towards the Pens.4 -
The Devils have a roster which consists of thirteen players who are over the age of 30, six are over the age of 35. The deeper the series goes, the better it is for us in my opinion.5 -
The Flyers and Capitals play a very physical game. In NJ, the days of Scott Stevens, a young Bobby Holik, Lyle Odelein, Krzysztof Oliwa and Claude Lemieux are over. From what I've seen this year, they have Michael Rupp....
So yeah, I'll take Jersey in round one and let the Flyers and Capitals wear themselves out before we have to meet up with them.