Russell, along with Jerry Korab and Jim Dorey, headlines a nasty, physical defense of the Chicago
Now the ace pairing of Russell and Dorey will be trying to shut down my high powered offense in the battle to play in the conference finals.
I had to compete in parts of the series without my team captain and number one center Butch Goring, number 3 center Juha Widing, top two defensemen Mike McMahon and Barry Long, and veteran goalie Gump Worsley. Fortunately guys like Dave Hutchison, Don Luce, and Terry Crisp were all in my system and able to step up and play key minutes.
I was fairly confident I could get by round one. And even though I know my
I have to somehow keep my gunners away from Russell and Dorey. Fortunately I have two 100 point scorers on my team, and on different lines. RWs Serge Bernier and Jean Pronovost are my two key scorers, and Russell and Dorey can't play against both lines. If Chicago breaks that pairing up, I think that also works in my favor.
I probably won't have Goring back until game 3, so my top two lines are not at full strength. I will definitely need one of Juha Widing, Jim Lorentz and Claude St. Saveur to step up their play in this series. I have to keep my defense active on the offense. And hopefully I can get lots of pucks on goalie Esposito, who enters the series just a touch less than 100% health. If I can run him down early, hopefully I will be able to squeak pass this daunting Chicago team.