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WESTERN CONFERENCE
Pierre McGuire
April 14, 2003
SI special contributor Pierre McGuire analyzes the pairings in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs
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April 14, 2003

Western Conference

SI special contributor Pierre McGuire analyzes the pairings in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs

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SEASON SERIES Vancouver 2-1-1-0
TELLING STAT St. Louis set a league record by getting victories from seven goaltenders this season.

This will be the most physical series in the first round, and both teams have excellent power plays. Vancouver, which relies on one line ( center Brendan Morrison and wings Markus Naslund and Todd Bertuzzi), does not match up well against the more balanced Blues, especially since the return of St. Louis defenseman Chris Pronger from surgery on his wrist. This series, however, may turn on the play of the goalies: the Canucks' Dan Cloutier and the Blues' Chris Osgood are prone to making big mistakes. Blues in six.

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