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Flyers have plenty of talent to grab Hawks' attention

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  • Troy Murray

    Troy Murray

By Troy Murray

Q. The Flyers are a seventh seed, but this isn't going to be as easy for the Blackhawks as some seem to think, is it?

A. Not even close. The Flyers dealt with lot of adversity this year, and basically for the first time - other than their goaltender Ray Emery having season-ending surgery - the initial roster that they thought would be in place, is in place.

If you look at the preseason predictions for the Eastern Conference, a lot of people picked Philadelphia. You look at what happened to them in the regular season, how they got into the postseason, what they've done in the playoffs ... you have to believe this is a team that believes strongly in what they have inside the dressing room.

Q. Who are a few of the Flyers players to keep an eye on?

A. They've got a lot: Chris Pronger on defense, Mike Richards up front - their inspirational leader. They have as much depth and scoring as any team the Hawks have faced this postseason with Jeff Carter back and healthy, Simon Gagne back, Danny Briere always ready to step up in the postseason ... they've got a lot of assets.

Q. What will you be watching for in Game 1?

A. My initial thoughts are Philadelphia plays a high-tempo game just like the Blackhawks, and that's something San Jose brought into the series against the Hawks - the high temp, come-at-you-hard type of attack.

I'll be watching closely to see if the Flyers are able to match the speed of the Blackhawks or will they play a system that shuts down what the Blackhawks want to do as far as their team speed?

And vice versa.

Q. With two inexperienced goalies, do you think nerves will be a factor?

A. I think nerves will be a huge part in the initial part of this series.

You look at Flyers goalie Michael Leighton and the position he's in ... an opportunity to do something very special in a season where he had no idea that he would be in this position. He's a little bit older than Antti Niemi, but I know that nerves are just part of it.

You can hear Troy Murray's analysis on every Blackhawks radio broadcast carried on WGN AM-720