1st Round Matchup - Flames Vs. Nucks
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04-04-2004, 06:56 PM
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Seattle, WA
Originally Posted by
Biggest Canuck Fan
The biggest matchup in this series is Ohlund vs Iginla. The last time they met Iginla was having fits at Ohlund. If Ohlund cannot contain Iggy the Flames will do very, very well.
I would think Iginla will be seeing a lot of Ruutu as well. Ruutu will be trying to get under his skin from game 1 on, and if Flames fans are not calling for his head by the time the games switch back to Calgary then Jarkko won't be doing his job.
All in all should be a great series. One that should take the rivalry to a new level. BCF has it right, the Canucks have to match Calgary's work ethic to win. The Canucks are a far diffenent team with Rucinsky/Sanderson vs Bertuzzi. Much more balanced attack with more speed. They are going to need some guys to step up and continue to take the heat off Naslund, and they have the horses to do it (Sedins, Morrison, Sanderson, etc). Cloutier must play solid, but more importantly, the Canucks need to play solid team defense.
Calgary must continue to get excellent goaltending to win. They won't outscore the Canucks, so they must be patient and take there chances on the counter attack with speed. The Canucks have always been vulnerable to a team that plays that way, especially with our defense so involved in the offense. The way each team performed during the season on the PP this series should be decided 5 on 5. Looking forward to it.
Here's hoping we can keep the dialogue civilized, and the games are hard fought but clean.
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