Antti Niemi has already won a Stanley Cup, doing so last year with the Blackhawks. So, the Sharks were expecting big things from the Finnish netminder when they signed him in the offseason, casting aside longtime goalie Evgeni Nabokov, who failed to help the team succeed in the postseason. Niemi is making them look like geniuses so far in three games against the Red Wings. Can he help them complete the sweep?
Who will the Flyers put in goal?
Or better yet, will it matter? Neither Sergei Bobrovsky, Brian Boucher nor Michael Leighton has been able to do anything special so far in the postseason, especially against the Bruins. If the Flyers are going to recapture the magic they found while down 0-3 last year to the Bruins, they'll need ONE of these guys to step up. Just don't hold your breath, Flyers fans.
Who would have thought Nathan Horton was a postseason monster?
Too bad Horton spent the past six years playing golf in the spring with the rest of this Florida Panthers teammates. Until this year, the world had been denied what appears to be a playoff stud, now that he's with the Boston Bruins. Horton's been the Bruins' best player in the postseason, and is a big reason why they have a good shot at closing out the Flyers in Game 4 ... provided they don't collapse again.
How does Devin Setoguchi follow up his Game 3 performance?
It doesn't get much better for an NHL player than scoring a hat trick in the Stanley Cup playoffs, especially when the third goal is an overtime game-winner. It's tough to follow a performance like that, but you can bet Setoguchi will try.
Are the Wings done?
Falling behind 3-0 on home ice was like a dagger to the collective heart of the Detroit Red Wings. Is there any way for them to regroup in time to save their season? It'll have to start with Game 4.