The Flyers have a better defensive core, and better overall team defense, than the Predators, the Canucks and the Sharks. They have guys who can handle a player like Byfuglien in the crease, and they have the smarts to clog up neutral zones and eliminate the space that the fast forwards like Kane and Toews thrive on. They did it all series long against the Canadiens.
Offensively, they both have top playoff scorers in their lineups. Toews and Kane are playing great, so is Mike Richards, and Carter looks like hes ready to come on big time. Briere, Gagne, Giroux, Leino, all of these guys have had a great spring so far. I don't think Chicago's depth is that much greater than Philadelphia's. They're a bigger team forward wise, but as I've already said, the Flyers have the personnel to handle them. They dealt with size in the Boston series just fine.
Who even knows with the goaltending. Both Leighton and Niemi are totally new to this kind of success, who knows how they'll do. Leighton has better numbers but obviously hasn't played as many games. But he was unreal in the Canadiens series, and theres no reason to believe he won't do more of the same. Niemi has been great all spring as well. Who knows.
Its going to be a good one, thats for sure. Go Flyers.