Chicago Blackhawks @ Phil Flyers – NHL
June 2, 2010 ás 19:24
Pick: Philadelphia Flyers PL -1.5 @ 3.20 in Bwin / Result: (3-3)
This will be game 3, and perhaps the game that can give us a clear vision of who will be the champion. Philadelphia is down 2-0, but they aren’t out of the road. We can’t forget the epic series they had against the Bruins. Another important thing to keep in mind, is that the Flyers are 22-7 in their last 29 home games, including a 4-0 run since their bounce back against the Bruins.
Is highly probable that the Blackhawks will make the same approach for this game as they have done lately in their road games. Their goal will be to come back home with a win at Philadelphia, an they know that they are stronger than the Flyers. They are with a 13-2 run lately in this playoffs, including a 7-0 run with their 4-0 win against the (theoretically) strongest contenders.
On the road, they explore a lot their offense, as it’s easier to a team like them to make best offensive plays when they have more space. Despite a great road record, they will face a team that will have to play like equal to try to tie this series when they are down by 2-0, and that will make us probably see a game like game 1, with lot’s of goals. The Blackhawks are good offensively, and in their last 6 road games, that are with an average higher than 4.5 goals scored per game.
Philadelphia is aware that a loss today will put them again in the hard position they had against the Bruins. However, since that series, the team is highly moralized and confident. Despite 2 losses in the first 2 games in this Stanley Cup finals, the team are playing well and giving a great replica against the favorites. They lost both games only by one goal, and were close to a win in game 1, failing only in the third period.
At home, the team have a good record. They already showed that they can easily score against Chicago, not, and in front of their supporters, the team will have to confirm it. They know they can win this game, as they can play a game with a high pace and achieve a win, specially at home. The powerplays will probably be the key for this game, as there have been few PP situations lately, but the Flyers were able to score the only PP goals so far in this final.
The fact that Chicago will probably try to snap this first game at Philadelphia, will be good for the Flyers, as they will probably have more spaces to score and a better control of the game.