Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Previewing Game 7

Wednesday here on Dan's Daily Dose will be a look at teams other than the Canadiens, and what else could there be to talk about today than tonight's 7th and deciding game between the Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins.

If this game is to go into overtime, I am genuinely concerned for the mental and cardiovascular health of Bruin and Canuck fans everywhere. For those less emotionally involved, it should be a good one, so grab your popcorn, beer, and settle into your favourite spot in front of the television.

The series has been a strange one so far. The games in Boston have been completely one-sided, with the Bruins outscoring the Canucks 16-3 in total. Meanwhile, in Vancouver, Roberto Luongo has allowed only 1 goal total over the three games, which allows his team to be in a position to win the series despite having scored only 7 total goals over the first 6 games.

While it is true that there is significance to a Stanley Cup being won by a Canadian team for the first time since Montreal in 1993, those seeing the series as Canada vs. the U.S. are a little off. Based on expected Game 7 rosters, Vancouver will dress 10 Canadian-born players, while Boston's line-up will include 13 (which represent 8 different provinces!).

Sitting on the fence about who to cheer for? Well here are some comparisons to help you make up your mind:

Boston: 1972
Vancouver: Never (founded 1970)

Boston: Michael Ryder, Mark Recchi
Vancouver: Maxim Lapierre, Chris Higgins

Boston: Starting goaltender Tim Thomas was a draft pick of the Quebec Nordiques
Vancouver: Chris Higgins's 5th team in the last 3 seasons (MTL, NYR, CGY, FLA, VAN)

Mark Recchi - still-productive veteran likely to call it a career after the game
Nathan Horton - scoring forward knocked out of Finals with serious concussion
Mason Raymond - knocked out of Finals with vertebrae injury
Manny Malhotra - inspirational return from career-threatening eye injury

And my prediction?
3-1 Canucks

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