May 15, 2011
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Former Shark and current Versus analyst Jeremy Roenick sent out a tweet a little more than an hour before the drop of the puck that he was picking the Sharks to win in 6.
The Twitter account @Jeremy_Roenick posted the following message at 3:43 p.m.
"Ok game 1 of west! Yikes. Van took 3 of 4 from sj during the year. I think sharks r playing better and will take the sharks in 6!"
PHT VIDEO: Roenick, Jones preview Game 1
A selection of some other tweets from Roenick throughout the day included the following:
- @baseballdonnie I am a huge logan couture fan!! He's the all around package my friends!
- @Sharks_Pats_365 against Van u gotta play really stingy defense!! And physical. They won't back down but wear down.
- @bigvin11 I'm far from the coolest guy V!! But I like hangin w u guys! Even the haters! I appreciate everyones opinion
What kind of chess game will take place between Sharks coach Todd McLellan and Vancouver's Alain Vigneault?
Reporter Jim Jamieson of The Province newspaper in Vancouver breaks it down with a coach's eye:
The Sharks may try to get their No. 1 line of Joe Thornton between Patrick Marleau and Devin Setoguchi out against Kesler -hoping that it deflects more of his energies to the defensive side of the puck, as it did with the Jonathan Toews line in the Chicago series.Vancouver's matchup of choice in the four regular season games against the Sharks was to sic Manny Malhotra and his third line on Thornton. But with Malhotra's season-ending eye injury that's not an option -so Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault may be OK with Kesler-Thornton when he gets last change in the first two games at Rogers Arena.San Jose coach Todd McLellan appeared to seek a Thornton-Sedins matchup in the regular season, so we'll see how that shakes out.NHL.com weighed in with six key questions for the series, and the topics were predictably juicy.
- Will the Sedins be the Sedins everyone recognizes?- Can Patrick Marleau ride the momentum?- Which goalie bends first?- Can the Sharks control the Canucks' top forwards?- How does Alain Vigneault deploy Ryan Kesler?- Will Jumbo continue to be a two-way force?