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What is happening with Colorado/Detroit and Philly/Montreal?

by Bill Davidge / Columbus Blue Jackets

April 28

Detroit & Colorado

 

COLORADO - in '99 the Wings were up 2-0 and lost the series in 6 so ...

•Theodore will start in game three says Head Coach Joel Quenneville.

•Being at home the fans need to get behind their team

•The first pass out of the zone a key… this is usually their trade mark… there is a balance in the puck control game as well that has to compliment the game.

•Discipline but physical in the cards for any success

•Forsberg probable with a groin pull, he is desperately needed… as is Scott Hannan.

 

DETROIT

•Franzen's first career hat trick spells trouble for match-ups… he has taken a page out of Holmstrom's book and is writing his own.

•Lidstrom turns 38-years-old, but plays like a young vet… still my MVP and Norris Trophy winner.

•Will the thin air prove to be in favor of Colorado?... no… not even a thought, as short shifts are in the cards.

•Continue the hard play and smart play that brought them the President's Cup.

•Expect Darren McCarty to continue his protection of others…

 

Philadelphia & Montreal

PHILADELPHIA

•Great effort by R.J. Umberger who had been relegated to the fourth line… two goals and a gutsy performance in game 2 to even the series.

•Hatcher has had a series of injuries but shows up each shift and has been a pillar.

•Biron was the real star of game 2... This is a must if the Flyers plan on doing the unthinkable and pulling this upset.

•7 – 20-plus goal scorers in the lineup reassures the Flyers they can play, but it must start with physical play.

•Mike Knuble is close to returning.

 

MONTREAL

•Traffic and more traffic is the only cure for solving Biron… they outshot the Flyers 36-23 and have to find the net

•The Kostitsyn brothers, Kovalev and the cast of others are exciting to watch. Skill, slick skating and passing can be undone by the natural act of body checking, but don't count on them being quiet on the scoring front.

•Verbal jabs by John Stevens and Guy Carbonneau give the post game flare. A cheap shot by Kostopoulos on Timonen at the end of regulation was the reason… the bricks continue to smolder and should provide some fun!!

 



*Throughout the season, AAA brought you the Broadcaster's Blogs - "Davidge Dishes" and "Rimer Ramblings". The Columbus Blue Jackets broadcasters will try to keep you updated on all the behind the scenes action this offseason through their blogs, especially during the 2008  NHL playoffs.

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