Nucks vs Sharks, Part II. OK, let's hear your predicitons.
Definitely glad not to face the Kings again. I think the Nucks will win in 6. Hopefully, Doug Wilson will have stripped his team of some role players needed for a good run in the likes of Murry, Clowe, Handzus. If the Nucks could get a good checking line with Hamhuis-Garrison on the Thornton line all nite, hopefully they won't get much offence going.
Getting Bieska back was a plus tonite, although he looked quite rusty; hopefully he'll be close to 100% by game #1. Getting the Tan-Man back soon would really help too.
The only team that would have been easy for us is Minny. We have had our share of problems with all the other teams. If we show up with our A game we can win any series. If not then no matter who we play round one we will lose. I'm not unhappy nor am I happy with SJS. The road to the Cup will go through some pretty good teams.
If we can stay relatively healthy and come to play I like our chances.
To be honest, the one team I wanted to avoid was St. Louis, not so much LA. I think the SJS matchup is likely the best of the three, but I hope the Canucks don't think that. They didn't take LA seriously enough last year, man I hope they don't make any presumptions about SJS. Niemi has looked great. I almost preferred an LA matchup because the Canucks would have to get amped up for that - and they played LA great at home earlier in the season.
Anyway, this is what it is...I think this is going to be a long one, ups and downs, both teams split at home to start, it'll be 2-2 and then a homer series after that, Canucks in 7.
I think this could go 6 and easily 7 as both teams get their Playoff legs. Pretty confident that we will take it with the team we have. Corrado as series MVP
Interesting time to be a Canuck fan but I'm really excited this year (many of us were still stunned/hungover last year from the Finals) but I think we can all come together and support this years team (and each other ).