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Sun Sentinel Panthers-Devils playoff predictions

Harvey Fialkov
Panthers Writer
Prediction: Panthers in seven
Comment: Panthers feature more complete defensive corps with leaders Brian Campbell and Ed Jovanovski, while Devils possess superior firepower with three 30-goal scorers. The low-scoring series will come down to special teams and whether Jose Theodore/Scott Clemmensen can outplay aging Martin Brodeur.

Mike Berardino
Sports columnist
Prediction: Panthers in seven
Comment: Home ice makes all the difference in a tightly contested series between teams that know each other well.


Dave Hyde
Sports columnist
Prediction: Devils in seven
Comment: The Panthers accomplishment of making the playoffs looks even bigger realizing they ranked 27th in the league in scoring. At some point, that catches up with you. New Jersey scores more, gives up fewer goals and wins a tight series in 7.


Keven Lerner
Online Sports Editor
Prediction: Devils in five
Comment: Ilya Kovalchuk provides explosive offense and Martin Brodeur will be energized for what may be his final Stanley Cup run. The streaking Devils won their last six games, while the Panthers lost five of their last six.


Joseph Schwerdt
Panthers Editor
Prediction: Panthers in six
Comment: The Panthers crawled into the postseason, but that was then. The playoffs are now -- and Florida has Cup-winning, veteran leaders in Brian Campbell, John Madden, Kris Versteeg and others, who can turn it on in an elimination series.


Craig Davis
Staff Writer
Prediction: Devils in six
Comment: The Panthers were 2-1-1 against their former coach Pete DeBoer and the Devils. But unsettled goaltending is poison entering the playoffs, and Jose Theodore is winless in his last seven starts. Getting to the postseason is a step to a brighter future.


Dieter Kurtenbach
Staff reporter
Prediction: Panthers in seven
Comment: The Devils have the advantage at forward with superstars Zach Parise and Ilya Kovalchuk, but the Panthers have an equal advantage at defense, where Jason Garrison scored as many goals as the Devils defensemen, combined. We could see four goalies in the series, because to call the teams' play between-the-pipes streaky would be implying some consistency. So where's the difference? The Panthers play one more game at home, and won't have to go to a shootout to win games. Expect it to go the distance, and then some.

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