So...... is the team that impressed the hell out of us earlier in the year 'back' - or is the team of nightmares and nausea ready for an encore?
I'd like to think that they'll play a solid, cautious road game tonight against a bottom feeder. "Bottom feeder"? They are only 3 wins behind us... Thanks to Buttman's 'parity' - the race in the west will be tight one with lots of horses at the finish line. Games like tonight will make or break our chances to face San Jose in the first round. Hopefully the boys have it in them tonight. We should also see a good goaltender battle between Luongo and Mason.
We should (with emphasis on the SHOULD) beat St. Louis. Sundin and Kesler are playing out of their minds, Demitra has been decent and so have the Sedins. Luongo is still a concern and there have been far too many turnovers, but we're getting better. It's not easy to steamroll the Hawks, and we did just that. We can't play down to our opponents and another win would go a long way to solidifying a playoff position.
I say we win 3-1. Salo, Pyatt and Demitra with the goals. Backes for them. Louie first star.
Keys to the game - Penalty Killing - keep it simple stupid. Goaltending - Luongo must build on his 45 minute efforts, and get back on a role. Secondary Scoring - 2nd line contiunues to be brilliant. However, I also look to the Burrows/Bernier line.Chris Mason handed the keys to the Bluesmobile. He has shown to slip once he's officially been given the #1 job, lets hope that starts tonight.
Hopefully we'll see a well played road game with the emphasis on defence first .. and good penalty killing. With 3 lines capable of scoring the Canucks are going to be hard to defend against.. I expect to see more heroics from Kesler/Sundin/Demitra and with less pressure on them the twins should put in goal or two.. prediction ??
Canucks 3 Blues 2.. Sundin, Sedin, Bernier for Canucks.. Tcachuk, Backes for Blues. Blues will outshoot Canucks but Luo will outplay Mason..