The edge: No surprise
Maybe no one should be surprised if the Penguins and the Philadelphia Flyers return to Pittsburgh with the series tied, forcing a deciding seventh game. They were tied -- or close to it -- in darn near everything during the regular season.
Before the series, Flyers coach John Stevens referred to the teams' similar numbers as "startling."
And so they were:
â€¢ Each team finished with 99 points.
â€¢ Each team scored 264 goals.
â€¢ The Penguins gave up 239 goals, the Flyers 238.
â€¢ The Penguins were 25-13-3 on home ice. The Flyers were 24-13-4.
â€¢ The Penguins were 20-15-6 on the road. The Flyers were 20-14-7.
â€¢ The Penguins killed 82.7 percent of penalties, the Flyers 83 percent.
Now, five games into a series that shifts to Wachovia Center for Game 6 this afternoon:
â€¢ Each team has scored 13 goals, including one apiece into an empty net.
â€¢ Each team has five power-play goals.
â€¢ Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury has a .929 save percentage; Flyers goalie Martin Biron is at .927.
â€¢ The Penguins' power play is sputtering along at 13.8 percent, the Flyers at 11.1 percent.
"I think we anticipated the Flyers to play hard and well and play like this," Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said. "They've met our expectations."