Originally Posted by Beantown Bronco
You could make that statement 6-8 weeks ago with some confidence. Now, not so much.
One could easily argue that the Bruins are deeper. 90% of the roster is the same as the Cup winning team from 2 years ago, only more of them are actually in their prime now. Our defense is literally 8 deep. The only weakness right now is our 3rd line and Seguin still ensures several scoring chances a game there and all 3 of them at least play great defense.
Forward for forward Chicago has more talent. Toews, Kane, Sharp and Hossa are better than Krejci, Lucic, Marchand and Bergeron. On defense, it is very close in the top 4, but Boston definitely has a better 3rd pairing than Chicago - Leddy and Rozival are not good enough. Rask and Crawford have both been outstanding in the playoffs. Both teams have great experienced coaches running the bench.
This series is really going to come down to if Boston can shut down Chicago's transition game, if Chicago is allowed to rush the neutral zone with speed or stretch passes to create open ice and set up the cycle Boston won't be able to keep up. If Boston can keep the pucks low, slow down the neutral zone and get sticks in passing lanes and make it a physical series then they can frustrate the Hawks the way the Wings did and with their talent level they can put it away.
I predict Hawks in 5, but I expect some very close games.