Going into the Flyers series, the scouting report I heard on Philadelphia was "lots of forward depth, with both a good forecheck and ability to score, plus a surprising goalie dilemna." Coming out of the series, the conclusion was that the Sabres struggled to move the puck out of their own end and made the series close by slipping in some questionable goals. Those conclusions seem somewhat predictable given the Flyers scouting report, no?
Well, what if Buffalo had played the Caps? Or the Penguins? Or the Bruins? Or the Lightning? Those teams are similar in talent to the Flyers (or were during the regular season), but with different strengths and weaknesses. If the Sabres had taken each of them to seven games, in what ways would the team have looked good? Bad? And how do those answers differ from our reaction to the Flyers series?
I think those are important questions, because the goal next year isn't to have the best chance to beat the Flyers, it's to have the best chance to beat anyone who shows up. And if the team overreacts to raw impressions, without considering the context of those impressions, that's setting them up for bad moves.