Nashville Predators (5) v.s. Vancouver Canucks (1)
When you think of the Vancouver Canucks you think of the Sedin twins, right? Well that is not the case when it’s playoff time. Daniel and Henrik Sedin are nowhere to be found in the post season, ever. They just do not have what it takes to win in the NHL playoffs.
Their finesse play, and lack of physical play will not get them or their team far, they may want to take their style of play back to the KHL.
Take a look at their jerseys after each game, NOT a single mark! The jersey looks like it was just taken off of the hanger!
The next problem for the Canucks is in fact Roberto Luongo. Although he played exceptionally well the first three games against the Blackhawks, he also choked the last three games. Looking at this guy in between the pipes in the playoffs is nerve wrecking; I couldn’t imagine how Canuck fans feel. He is jittery, eyes looking all around nervously, looks lost at times, and the only time he looked relaxed was in the hand shake with the Blackhawks.
Just imagine what those Hawk players were thinking shaking his hand, each and every one of them was laughing under their breaths at Luongo. And that cocky look Luongo had on his face in that hand shake was priceless.
AFTER CHOKING THREE STRAIGHT GAMES, HE HAD THE CAJONES TO HAVE A COCKY FACE ON IN THE HAND SHAKE!?
I believe beating the Blackhawks was a big sigh of relief off of their shoulders, but jumping around on the ice like they just won the Stanley Cup was embarrassing. Even the Bruins cheered calmly when beating the Canadiens. With that said, this Canucks team is NOT ready for any deep playoff success.
They are not at the mature or physical level just yet to win in the NHL Playoffs. And any kind of mental pressure gets in their heads and destroys them. And that is exactly what the Nashville Predators can do to them.
The Canucks could have had a rather easy series against the Blackhawks considering the Hawks defense was not solid as it once was, if it wasn’t for the mental pressure. With that said, how do the Canucks plan on beating a very well coached defensive hockey club like the Predators? How do they even expect to score on Pekka Rinne?
Between these two clubs both are inexperienced in the playoffs, but taking all emotions into considerations, the Predators can handle the pressure a lot better than the Canucks. And they showed they could in the Anaheim Ducks series. Against the team who had the 50 goal scorer in the regular season, Corey Perry. Along with more players like Ryan Getzlaf, Bobby Ryan, and Teemu Selanne. Who have all been down the Stanley Cup road, with the exception of Bobby Ryan.
Myself along with others did not expect the Predators to score more than 2 goals a game against the Ducks. They averaged 3-4 per game! I expect Mike Fisher to become Luongo’s next enemy. Fisher’s confidence is at an all time high, and playing great hockey for the Predators. And let’s face the facts, Luongo has not given any of us any reason to believe in him.
Expect to see a very frustrated Canucks team throughout this series, the only way the Canucks could win this series if they stay calm and do not get so emotional.
Prediction: Nashville Predators to win the series in 7 games
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