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On the Beat: Getzlaf on Roenick, second round begins on Thursday and Selke nominations

What team beat writers are saying this afternoon:

  • The Wings/Ducks series will begin on Friday.  No veteran advantage for either team, should just be some good playoff hockey on display.
  • Sticking with the Ducks, Ryan Getzlaf has great respect for Jeremy Roenick.  I had one run-in with JR when I was a kid and he was about as nice a guy as you could meet.  Genuine person and the game will miss him if he does choose to retire.
  • All the Bruins were at practice today, as the team gears up for its second round matchup.  I know teams say they don’t ever have a preference as to which team they play, but I’d believe the Bruins if they said that this time.  I don’t know if there is an easier matchup when it comes to picking between the Canes/Pens.
  • The Selke nominations are out.  I really don’t have a problem with any of the three nominees.  Each one is deserving and could play on my team any day of the week.
  • Will Eric Staal bring it tonight like he did in Game 6?  He was absolutely dominant in Game 6; however, I see the key to this game being whether the Canes can get at least one goal from the Brind’Amour line or the Cullen line.
  • Tim Sassone says the Hawks can beat the Canucks.  I agree, but I also think it could easily be the other way around.  I had a chance to watch these teams play against each other a couple times during the regular season and the quality of play was outstanding.  This is a pick’em to me, with the slightest edge going to Vancouver because Luongo is that good.
  • No David McNab for the Avalanche GM position.  He’s certainly qualified, so expect to hear his name floating around for another job soon.
  • Todd McLellan didn’t say anything to his team after last night’s loss.  Changes will be coming in San Jose.
  • The Canucks/Hawks series begins on Thursday.  The entire second round should be tremendous.

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