Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Anaheim Ducks (2) vs. Vancouver Canucks (3)

The Ducks worked through a first round match-up with the Minnesota Wild, disposing of them in 5 games. Backup goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov stepped up to task winning 3 of 4 after being thrust into the starting role. Jean-Sebastian Giguere returned to win game 5 and clinch the series. Chris Pronger is a blue line threat, with 2 goals and 4 assists, and the Ducks powerplay is hot, coverting of 5 of 19 attempts against the Wild.

The Canucks edged out the Dallas Stars in a 7 game goaltenders duel, and are entering the second round on only a days rest. Roberto Luongo has played solid in the net, but Vancouver's forwards are going to have to step up and create more scoring oppurtunities.

Luongo is the most dominate goaltender in the Western Conference, but the Stars don't have the offensive force to give him enough room to win the series for them. The Canucks may steal a couple on Luongo's play alone, but this series is the Ducks in 6.

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