Vancan Outta The Blue


Series Breakdown: Canucks vs. Hawks
April 13, 2011, 15:30
Filed under: Canucks & NHL

Note: this was taken from my sportscast today at Columbia Academy Broadcasting school in Vancouver, BC

 

The 11th hour is upon us in Canuck land, and tonight at 7pm, the puck drops on the 2011 NHL Stanley cup playoffs. For the Canucks, this is as big as it will have gotten in the last 3 seasons. The Blackhawks  have defeated the Nucks 2 years running and it’s all because they’ve been in the heads of players like Luongo, and the Sedins. And here Vancouver sits, at a cross roads, be taken down a 3rd time by your archnemesis or conquer the demon that’s destroyed your hopes and dreams for so long. The season series between the two teams had both taking 5 of 8 points including a 7-1 chicago triumph and a 3-0 Roberto Luongo shutout in Chitown. Its going to be a showdown of epic proportions and if the Canucks can exorcise said demons, they’ll be well on their way to their first stanley cup.

 

Let’s not be hasty here, these 2 teams aren’t completely the same from 1 year ago. The defending Stanley Cup champ Hawks are half the team they were on paper and the Canucks added some key elements. It all started last off season, when chicago unloaded the rough and tumble Dustin Byfuglien. Then they lost Andrew Ladd, Ben Eager and standout goalie Antti niemi. This team is nowhere near as gritty as it once was, but what remains is a solid, talented nucleus of Toews, Kane, Sharp, Hossa, Seabrook and Keith, all of which the Canucks will have to contain. And how about Mike Gillis, he set out last off season, and came into september with a team that is truly built to win. With a core of the Sedins, Burrows, Kesler and Luongo, MG added the missing pieces to the puzzle. Manny Malhotra, Raffi Torres, Keith Ballard and coveted D-man Dan Hamhuis. The Canucks are number 1 in the league for a reason, because they are built to win. The Hawks better be prepared for an onslaught of offense the next week and a half or they’ll be hitting’ the links sooner rather than later. I’ve got the Canucks in 6.

 

 

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