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Sun Sentinel Panthers-Devils playoff predictions

Harvey Fialkov

Panthers Writer

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Prediction:

Panthers in seven

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Comment:

Panthers feature more complete defensive corps with leaders

Brian Campbell

and

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Ed Jovanovski
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, 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

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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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