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Beware the Canucks and Flames

03/26/2009 at 7:54pm EDT

Earlier today, the news was buzzing about how fearful the Calgary Flames should be as the Canucks nip their heels in the Northwest Division race. Vicki Hall at the Calgary Herald made that point pretty clear, with a touch of humor:

Calgary’s preoccupation with everything Vancouver just escalated into an outright obsession.

So take those Sedin voodoo dolls out of the closet, Calgary fans. Deface that Kevin Bieksa pin-up poster. Vent your frustration by hurling that mini Roberto Luongo goalie mask through the garage door.

But now (and this should be much consolation to the Flames and their fans) Bill Clement at NBC Sports fires a warning shot towards Detroit and San Jose instead:

San Jose and Detroit are really good teams, and are the cream of the crop in the West, but it’s far from a lock that they will meet in the conference finals.

The Canucks and the Flames pose the biggest threats to denying the Sharks or the Red Wings from playing for the Stanley Cup.

I’m not sure I buy this—as a Canucks fan, these teams terrify me—but I find the hoopla to be a lot of fun.

It doesn’t seem so long ago everyone who loves Vancouver was ready to jump off a bridge or become a confirmed alcoholic. But now our favorite team is apparently a threat to the top 3 seeds in the Western Conference!?!

Love it. And I’ll take my smiles wherever I can get ‘em. :)

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