St. Louis-Vancouver: Game 2 Prediction

Ryan McNealyCorrespondent IApril 17, 2009

GLENDALE, AZ - APRIL 07:  Keith Tkachuk #7 of the St. Louis Blues celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Phoenix Coyotes during the NHL game at Jobing.com Arena on April 7, 2009 in Glendale, Arizona. The Blues defeated the Coyotes 5-1.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

First of all, congratulations to the fans of both teams for an impressive, tight checking game one. 

Wednesday night, I watched both teams operate effectively in all three zones for the better part of all three periods.

Luongo did exactly what most thought he would: Perform brilliantly. His counterpart, Chris Mason, continued an impressive streak few thought he could.

If nothing changes, I think we are in for a six or seven-game series, which Vancouver will win, but, if the recently signed, alternate captain and "defensive specialist" Barret Jackman decides to perform at a level of play considerably higher than what this St. Louis fan has seen in his last nine games, the series is up for grabs. 

Once again, I watched a Blues opposition score from the low slot as Jackman stood flat-footed on the weak side of the ice covering nobody. His play as of late can only be described as..."Chris Pronger-esque."

If you just thought, "I think Chris Pronger is good," you are an idiot.

Honestly, stop listening to Brian Engblom or Pierre McGuire and watch Anaheim—or Edmonton when he was there, or St. Louis when he was there—play.

Chris Mason has showed no signs of slowing down, so I expect his play to remain stellar; the same goes for Roberto.

After 16 penalties Wednesday, it seems the team with the best penalty killing will likely take the series.