Jim Coleman Conference Prelim Round - Quebec Nordiques vs. Philadelphia Firebirds
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04-15-2013, 09:18 AM
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- The Québec Nordiques feels very confident matching their first offensive line against Philadelphia's first line. Bryan Trottier vs. Mark Messier should a pleasure to watch, and although Tommy Phillips a fantastic two-way player, we believe he will have difficulty containing the offensive dynamo and tower of strength that is Bill Cook. Richard Martin have the speed and decent defensive abilities to watch Teemu Selanne, although we concede the clear advantage to the Firebirds.
- If we go line vs. line (which the Québec Nordiques will mostly try to do, although we don't mind many matchups), we believe Lafontaine will be overwhelm by another tower of strength and sheer force of nature in Eric Lindros. We believe the underwhelming offense of the Firebirds second line will be in trouble against a great offensive second line, who can hit you hard on the wall or hit you hard by scoring goals.
- Again, we believe the Firebirds third offensive line will be overwhelm by the aggressiveness of Alf Smith and the speed and tremendous goalscoring abilities of Gordie Drillon. We don't see anyone on this line that can really stop our third line for a full 7-games series.
- The Firebirds do have the better first pairing of defenceman, one that will have his hands full trying to contain Mark Messier & Bill Cook. The second pairing is underwhelming, and Brian Rafalski will be in a tough position, trying to contain Eric Lindros or getting the puck away from the big Didier Pitre. The master of the tip-in, Sid Smith, should have an easy life doing what he do best in front of the net.
- In between the pipes, Jiri Holecek holds a decent edge on Tom Barrasso, but we believe will have to play a perfect series if he wants his team to stand a chance.
Overwhelm on many front, some of the softer forwards of the Firebirds will either cave, having to face Messier, Cook, Lindros, A.Smith, J.Stewart, B.Siebert, Pospisil, Boivin etc ... at every moment during the game, or will take misconduct penalties by holding, grabbing, clutching the bigger & stronger opponent, trying to stop them. The Nordiques powerplay, who boost two terrific unit, will also pound on that front.
We believe the only way for the Firebirds to win 4 of the 7 games against the brutal offensive machine that is the Québec Nordiques will be to win the battle of the first line (Phillips-Trottier-Selanne-Salming-Laperriere vs. Martin-Messier-Cook-Stewart-Siebert) on a regular basis, which we believe won't happen. If the Philadelphia Firebirds cannot win this battle, their secondary scoring is underwhelming against 'Les Nordiques' secondary scoring, and won't hold for a full series.
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