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Vancouver left winger Daniel Sedin already gave his Stanley Cup finals Game 7 prediction, in the form of a guaranteed victory in an interview with the Vancouver Sun. He has since said he wasn’t guaranteeing anything. Now, with the decisive contest just a few hours away, predictions are popping up across the web left and right.
Despite numerous statistics that appear to give Vancouver the edge at home, the picks are split fairly evenly. Below is a list of various predictions for Wednesday’s Stanley Cup finals Game 7.
WEEI’s Dennis & Callahan (audio):
Gerry Callahan: Bruins 3-2 in overtime
John Dennis: Bruins 2-1
Jon Meterparel: Bruins 4-1
Yahoo! Sports’ PuckDaddy blog (audio):
Greg Wyshynski: Canucks
Wyshynski initially had Vancouver winning the series in six games, and he’s still leaning toward the Canucks. “I’m sticking with Vancouver,” he said during an appearance on Mut & Merloni Wednesday morning. “I think this is one of those series where the home team holds serve throughout the entire thing. They’re a different team when they play out there.”
Daren Eliot: Canucks
Sportsnet Radio The Fan 590 (audio):
Damian Cox: Bruins
Scott Burnside: Bruins 5-2
ESPN Radio (audio):
Barry Melrose: Vancouver in a low scoring contest
Bob Condor: Canucks 2-0
Dave Lozo: Canucks 3-2
Corey Masisak: Canucks 3-2
Shawn Roarke: Bruins 3-1
Dan Rosen: Bruins 2-1
Rosen: “The prevailing opinion is that Tim Thomas has already won the Conn Smythe Trophy. He’ll lock it up with another stellar performance in Game 7. The Canucks strike first, but Boston answers quickly and hometown boy Milan Lucic wins it with a goal in the third period. Thomas shuts the door on the Canucks’ hopes for their first Stanley Cup by making another 30-plus saves to set the record for most saves in a Stanley Cup Final. He will finish the Final allowing only 9 goals in seven games. All that gets left to the imagination is what Lucic will do with the Cup when he brings it back to Vancouver for his day of glory this summer?”
And finally, the younger vote:
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The Vancouver police expect about 100,000 energized hockey fans to be in the city for Game 7. As they did during the 2010 Olympics and on Monday, when 35,000 Canucks fans gathered to watch Game 6 in Boston, the police have announced that alcohol sales will not be allowed after 4 p.m by anyone in the downtown core of Vancouver, according to Time.com.
'It is common sense,' said Vancouver Police Constable Lindsey Houghton. 'If you don’t put liquor in peoples’ hands, the potential for liquor-related violence is less.'
The Vancouver Police Department and the South Coast BC Transportation Authority Police issued close to 3,000 'liquor pour-outs' on the day of Game 5. Postgame riots have been well documented in professional sports. After the Red Sox defeated the Yankees in Game 7 of the 2004 American League championship series, 21-year old Victoria Snelgrove was killed in the celebration.
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