Thursday, January 18, 2007

Stanley Cup Preview (a.k.a. Swede Redemption Tour)

HUGE game tonight as two smokin' hot teams square off at the bank. Sens have 17 points in their last 10 and Canucks have 18 points in their last 10. Vancouver has been working up the Northeast division food chain, starting with a loss to Boston, then making quick work of Toronto and Montreal.

Ones to watch:

1. Roberto Luongo - when was the last time the Sens solved a top caliber goalie? The Detroit game? A big test here for the Sens guns, who need to win tight games and score ugly goals, most likely what they'll have to do to win tonight. Aim for the throat!

2. Kevin Bee-ek-sa - like Tom Preissing, a relative unknown but a stalwart on the blueline, fourth in team scoring and gobbling up plenty of prime minutes.

3. Those twins - Volchenkov and Phillips will have their work cut out for them. Whether playing with (soon to be traded?) Bulis, Naslund or Linden, they're a slippery little duo to contain.

Local TV is A-Channel, but if you have Sportsnet Pacific, you can catch the game live at 4:30 or on replay at 7:30 (how very thoughtful of them).

Prediction: 2-1 Sens (regulation). Alfie gets his 5th game winning goal, ties Newsie Lalonde.

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