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04-04-2004, 04:22 PM
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Yeah but McCabe has got that flying ass check that winds me up something else.

I don't really believe in these type of comparisons. The key to this series is Ottawa's game plan over the series.

Bondra was brought into shore up the 2nd unit of the PP and if you believe the rumour mill, we shouldn't expect to see him on Thursday night. The Leafs PK has our #1 PP unit and it's scheme well scouted. They've been ineffective. Bondra running that #2 PP unit certainly would have given us a different weapon.

There is also faceoff matchups - I think this is where Toronto has the most significant edge over us. Francis and Niewendyk are just brilliant in the circle. A couple of signs of improvement tho: Havlats GWG straight off the faceoff play against the panthers and White was great in the faceoff circle yesterday. We've got a number of guys who can play center and take faceoffs - lets use them and try and make sure that we've got our lefties and righties taking faceoffs on the correct side in the defensive zone.

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