Sunday, June 6, 2010


With the series back in Chicago tonight, the pressure has shifted onto the Blackhawks after relinquishing a 2-0 lead. Now a best-of-three series, watch for the Hawks to come out with intensity and pressure. They will try to get the crowd into the game early and feed off the energy of the 22,000+ in the "Madhouse on Madison".

The Flyers will continue their aggressive forechecking that helped them to their victories at home the last two games. Their win in Game 4 came with a grain of salt after watching a 4-1 lead in the 3rd dwindle to just one goal with a few minutes left in regulation. The 3rd period should serve as warning to the Flyers of the Hawks' ability to strike quickly and I'm sure they were happy that periods are not 25 minutes.

I think the Flyers will go with the same lineup but expect the Hawks to mix things up with their line combinations in hopes to jump-start their top forwards in Toews and Kane. Expect Marian Hossa to have a big game for the Hawks - he does not want his team heading back to Philly down 3-2.

Game 5 starts at 8pm et and can be found on NBC in the U.S.

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