BurghersAndDogsSports wrote:Similar scenario could work out if Columbus passes up Detroit. and not philly so they land in the number 1 wildcard. While passing Philly is certainly still doable, they are only 1 point behind Detroit. We could see CBJ in round one, NYR/Flyers in round 2 - while the Bruins have to go through Detroit and then most likely the Habs. I dont think its 100% that Detroit finishes ahead of them. More likely? Yes. But certainly not absolute.
Our road looks a little less rough in that scenario. Not that NYR would be a cakewalk or a definite win but just not mentally exhausting like the Flyers series.
All in all we just have to wait but its fun to look at this the last week of the season.
I'm not sure which I prefer: A hard series early or favorable matchups until the conference finals. Hard series wear you down, and of course, you could lose them, but this team picked up a lot of bad habits running and gunning with the Islanders, then got overconfident after smoking the Sens, and were totally unprepared for a real test in Boston.
Pens might be better off with a road like they had in 2009: reasonably tough series in Philly, very close series in Washington, cake walk to rest up against Carolina, then back to business in the finals.