I can't speak much for the Panthers as I haven't seen them that much this year. Is it true that I'm hearing they aren't even sure who their #1 goalie is going to be in this series? Word is they are leaning towards Clemensen.
They Devils are playing some quality hockey right now. Kind of sucks that they have a 6 day break before the series starts. After a shaky start, Brodeur has really turned it on and played extremely well throughout the 2nd half of the season looking like the Marty of old at times. The return of Zajac has been huge and the addition of Zidlicky has really improved the PP.
The Devils also set an NHL record for the highest Penalty Kill % in NHL history with an 89.58 % success rate while also scoring an NHL leading 15 shorthanded goals. This will be a huge asset come playoff time.
Throughout the season series between these two, the Devils had some issues containing Florida's 1st line who scored I believe 7 goals in their 4 meetings. If the Devils can contain that line and establish their aggressive forecheck, I think it will be too much for Florida to handle.
Devils in 5.
"You're next... I don't give a f*ck."
(pointing at Dino Ciccarelli after obliterating Slava Kozlov in the '95 Finals)