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Hitmen - Hurricanes - Official Preview Thread

Hey Guys,

Let's try to keep all of the talk about the series, leading up to the series in this thread. I will create one for every game as we get rolling.

So Canes and Hitmen in round 1, I wouldn't have it any other way. These two clubs have a good history, but putting a series like this one in the books will make it a great history.

I'll try to break it down:

COACHING:

Hofford vs Kisio,
Kisio is no light weight. But I question some times while he hasn't been able to keep his players in check .
Hofford is the number 1 reason the Hurricanes went from out of the playoffs to second in the division.
Looking at the assistants. Theoret is learning and could one day make a good head coach, right now though he only has 2-3 years under his belt, Evason on the other hand is much more experienced.
EDGE in COACHING: EVEN

Goaltending:
The Hitmen brought Pogge into the fold but he has NO playoff experience at all. A goals against average of 2.50, save % of .907. The thing that blows my mind is with Prince George he had one more win then losses....his time in Calgary only 2 more wins then losses. Not much of a difference with a much better team.
Sorochan is two years older then Pogge, his GAA is 2.19, save % .917. The big difference here though is experience in the playoffs. Sorochan played well last year as the Giants won a series, he has 11 games under his belt in the post-season.
EDGE in GOAL: Lethbridge

The Bluelines

Shultz - Carson - Kohn - Yacboski - Harder - Alzner - Plante - Yeo

BIG BIG BIG BIG....Shultz and Carson are absolute Giants. A couple of youngsters in Plante and Alzner...no better way to learn the game then in the post-season. And then ofcourse Dustin Kohn....he has been an offense force this year.

Seabrook - Gulasi - Ashton - Champman - Henitiuk - Mezei - Dudas - Thunderchild

Seabrook is the best blueliner in the series. He will most likely play 40 minutes a game in the post season. Ashton is a great compliment to Seabrook. Gulasi is a fairly under-rated blueliner. Champan a hard working little bugger. Mezei adds the muscle. Dudas, Henituik and Thunderchild, still working on there games, might be vunerable in some cases.

EDGE on the Blueline: Even - Hitmen bigger, Canes more mobile

UP FRONT

The Hitmen have the big line
Andrew Ladd, Ryan Getzlaf and Shaun Landolt....if these guys put it together they will be wreaking havoc on the Hurricanes.
Pushkarev seems to have been picking up the intensity in his game lately, which will be much needed for the post season. The overall group has good size and the potential is there to be dominant....but so far it's only been potential.

The Hurricanes on the other hand, have been exceding potential this year.
Jonathan Filewich finished the regular season with 42 goals, Yellow Horn a top 5 scorer in the WHL. Tyler Redenbach will be looked up to fire up a second line that will most likely be Lammers - Reds - Versteeg. Lammers and Vertseeg have both been playing good lately. Lammers really picking it up. Olafson, Kaye and Klinkhammer will have there hands full with Ladd-Getzlaf etc.
The 4th line has been amazing lately. Kodman, Ruzicka and 15/16 year old Dwight King is made for crashing and banging.

EDGE UP FRONT : Hurricanes , the potential is there for the Hitmen but this year no one can argue that the Canes forwards haven't been better.

Feel free to criticize, this is just my opinion but I feel it's a fair one.

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'Canes take this one in six. I have a feeling Kenny Petkau will be clutch this series. He's bound to break out, kid has amazing talents and strength.

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Good idea I'll make a thread for each series.

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i want filewich to lose, but redenbach to win... grr..

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My first round upset. Hitmen FINALLY wake up and realize some of their potential (even if only for 1 series.)


Hitmen in 7

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Unless the hitmens guns finally start to score and perform lethbridge will take this one. If Ladd and Getzlaf get rolling it could be a long series. I think itll go 7, but if Getzlaf and Ladd dont perform this could be over as soon as 5.

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Unless the hitmens guns finally start to score and perform lethbridge will take this one. If Ladd and Getzlaf get rolling it could be a long series. I think itll go 7, but if Getzlaf and Ladd dont perform this could be over as soon as 5.
I think a key to the series, even though he isin't a big name is the availability of Hitmen blueliner Darryl Yacboski.....He's been playing with a bum shoulder for the last month and a bit, and the physical presence he provides from the blueline is key for the Hitmen. Having him in the line-up makes the rest of the Hitmen defence core that much stronger. Even if he does play, he is unlikely to be back at 100%, but his presence will be key for the Hitmen......If the Hitmen play up to their talent level, this could be a 7 game series, but if they underachieve, this could be a short series.......Let's see how much of a leader Getzlaf can be in the post-season......

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If the Hitmen win, I don't know if I would call it an upset...I would call it a team putting it together.

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If the Hitmen win, I don't know if I would call it an upset...I would call it a team putting it together.
Agreed. They've got enough talent to do it, it's just a matter of them doing it......

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Hitmen in 6 Ladd and Getzlaf get it going and Pogge plays well.

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I think we can all agree in principle that the key to this series is the play of Ladd and Getzlaf. I think that the Hurricanes will be able to keep the stars in check enough to scrape out 4 wins. They have did a good job shutting them down so far. Ladd had 3 goals and an assist in the season series whereas Getzlaf was held to just 2 assists. The great thing about the playoffs is the regular-season stats can be tossed out the window. I do believe that the Olafson line will be able to continue to keep the big boys off the sheet.

The real key may be the 2nd lines. If the Hitmen shut down Yellow Horn-Filewich-Pess and the Hurricanes shut down Getzlaf-Ladd-Landholt the team with the best secondary scoring. I think that favours the 'Canes because it's nice to have last years WHL scoring champ on that second line. Redenbach will be a force in the playoffs and with Lammers and Versteeg on his line they could explode.

Should be a good one regardless.

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I think Getzlaf will be a major force in this series... although I am not sure it is completely up to him to make everyone else on Calgary care. They have to take some responsibility on themselves for how they have preformed this year... thus far. It isn't Getzlaf's fault as a leader... they looke friggen hopeless when he was out with a concussion (hello Phanuef) and then kinda got their game back abit when he returned.

Pushkarov could be a major factor if he starts spinning and the Canes D are afraid to pull him down. Yes, he is a rookie to the WHL playoffs but he is 20-yrs old so there are no excuses as a hockey player and a man.

I think Gulasi could be a key to this series. We all know what Seabrook (and to a lesser extent Ashton) will bring on the first pairing... if Gulasi (who has impressed the heck out of me all year) can bring a solid 2nd-paring together than the Canes should be basically set in the back-end.

The Canes looked incapable of generating much offense when they played the Hitmen their past two meetings (forgetting a 5 min out-burst)...

They really looked lost without Versteeg's speed to fire up the 2nd line (in their last game against Calgary). I believe this series will show the doubters why the Bruins scouting staff was quietly pumped about getting him.

The Canes checking line might work if someone reminds Klinkhammer that he is big and should attempt to add abit of his last name into his hockey game.

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why has all the interest in the WHL play-offs died here???

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Hitmen played a near flawless game tonight, beating the Canes 4-0 to take a 2-1 series lead.....It's been tough for the Hitmen this season to play a full, 60 minute game quite often, but tonight, they were excellent....skating hard, battling for lose pucks, hitting....and Pogge was good when he needed to be.....if the Hitmen keep playing like this, things are looking good.......

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"LADD WINS IT! LADD WINS IT IN OVERTIME!!!"

Go Hitmen Go!!!

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Ladd just won it for the Hitmen that's two overtime winners in a row for him!

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Wooooo! Is this a case of serious underachievers hitting their stride at the right time? Pummeling the 'Canes in 5 doesn't exactly convince me that the Hitmen can rise up and take out the Wheaties or the Tigers.
But we've known all year that they had the goods to do it, just not the grapes. So here's hoping!!

Was hoping to get to Game 6 tomorrow, since I missed Game 4 despite having tix. But Game #3 of Round Two works for me!

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Wooooo! Is this a case of serious underachievers hitting their stride at the right time? Pummeling the 'Canes in 5 doesn't exactly convince me that the Hitmen can rise up and take out the Wheaties or the Tigers.
The top 3 of Calgary have stepped it up to the point that they were unstoppable. Getzlaf had Seabrook looking like a peewee all night. While I don't agree that they pummelled the 'Canes, they sure have put it all together for what could be a long run. If they keep bringing it, they'll beat the Tigers/Rebels in 6.

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can anyone give a game summary of game 5?

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can anyone give a game summary of game 5?
http://whl.ca/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1000991

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Can someone give a verbal summary of Getzlaf's performance in this series? Thanks in advance.

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Can someone give a verbal summary of Getzlaf's performance in this series? Thanks in advance.
Simply put he was dominant.

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How did Pushkarev play.

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I was at game five and Getzlaf was a man among boys. Yellowhorn needs to learn how to pass, he is very skilled but he can't take everyone on himself, especially when he is so small. Lethbridge looked uninspiring and didn't deserve to win, Calgary outmuscled them start to finish. In the playoffs penalties just aren't called to the same extent, something the Hurricanes need to think about when building their team.

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In the playoffs penalties just aren't called to the same extent, something the Hurricanes need to think about when building their team.
Maybe scoring on one or two of the powerplays might have helped. They sure enough of them.

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