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2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs -Round 1- (5) Nashville Predators 4 vs (4) Anaheim Ducks 2
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04-10-2011, 02:43 PM
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Considering last year we had to contend with Kane, Toews, Sharp, Hossa, Bolland, Versteeg, and Byfuglien up from with Keith, Seabrook, Campbell, and Hjalmarrson on the blueline and Niemi playing average-to-above-average in net I'm not overly worried about Getzlaf, Perry, Selanne, and Ryan. Their defense is not even close to as good as ours, and their goaltending situation will probably be the thing to keep them from going deep this year.
Anaheim is good and Anaheim is hot right now. We've played them well this year even without forwards that match up to their top four. If you look beyond their excellent four forwards you see a decent drop off. They don't have a very good bottom six. We have the best defensive pairing in the league, some pretty solid two-way forwards, and the best goalie in the Western play offs.
If ANA had one scary line, we'd have some comfort knowing we have Suter & Weber.
But they have two.
And last year with the Hawks, our 2nd pairing of Klein and Hamhuis did not play well and was a big reason we lost, combined with our scoring woes and being shutout twice.
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