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Playoff Preview: Florida Panthers v New Jersey Devils

PantherslogoFRIDAY'S EASTERN CONFERENCE PLAYOFFS

FIRST ROUND

(3) FLORIDA PANTHERS V (6) NEW JERSEY DEVILS

FlaeasternThe season series: Split the four games; Florida got the extra point.

Last year: Both teams missed the playoffs; Florida is back for the first time since 2000.

Playoff history: Devils swept Florida in 2000.

Friday: Devils at Panthers, 7 p.m.; BankAtlantic Center, Sunrise (WQAM-560; FS Florida, NHL Net)

What to watch:

Believe it or not, but the Panthers have plenty of playoff experience although this is a new experience for a good many.

Going against former coach Pete DeBoer is fun, but shutting down the Devils' top two lines won't be.

JerseyThe Panthers are gritty and the pressure is on the Devils to make some postseason noise for the first time in years.

Who is in net for the Panthers? It looks like Jose Theodore makes his return after a tough couple of outings. Will the extra days off do him some good. The thought here is yes.

Florida's power play has been good at times this season. Florida's entire special teams need to be extremely strong for Devilsthe Panthers to win this series? 

Will they? It'll be close. 

The prediction: Devils in 7.

 

Comments

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Alyssa Milano - nice touch, GR. Looking forward to tomorrow night! Go Cats!

Who wrote this? Devils in 7? I hope GR didn't write this or he's writing for the wrong team.

Obviously, I want the Panthers to win. Devils in 6 or 7 wouldn't surprise me. GR is just keeping it real.

Clemmenson deserves to start in goal tonight.

Devils have the scorers but their defense is weak. Panthers need to put pressure on the defense and get in Brodeur's face. Keep making their defense skate and shoot the puck on net and get a man in front of Brodeur and Panthers will be fine.

Let's be realistic please: Panthers in 4!!!!!!!!!!! :)

Panthers will get blown on because they continue to think Theodore is the way to go in goal. He was great this year, I give you that, but he is FAR from good right now, Clemmenson has been miles better.

Secret to solving Brodeur, keep him moving left to right because of those old legs. Wear him down, slow him down. Panthers D is already better than NJ's. Keep Ilya silenced, Cats win: Panthers in 6.

Panthers sweep them in 4.

DV, shows how stupid you are. Panthers suck,

Devils in 5.

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