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Aces Face Tough Challenge In Dublin

by Dustin Nielson | June 8, 2014, 7:55 PM ET

Las Vegas and Dublin are set to meet in an unlikely World Conference Championship series and it's the Shamrocks who have the upper hand. 

The Shamrocks will have home ice advantage in the conference final which is nothing new for the Aces who have started both of their series on the road, winning 3 of the first 4 games away from home. 

"If you look at the Shamrocks on paper they don't seem that dangerous, " said Head Coach Patrick Roy. "Then you look at the chemistry their top line has developed and you start to get concerned."

The Aces will be facing off against arguably the most dangerous line in the league with Patrik Berglund centering Michael Ryder and Thomas Vanek. The scary part is that Patric Hornqvist and Curtis Glencross have been doing the most damage for the Shamrocks in the post-season.

Roy will likely start Henrik Sedin between Jonathan Toews and Gabriel Landeskog against the Vanek line in Game 1. Saku Koivu is currently centering the Aces second line between TJ Oshie and Wayne Simmonds and they will be tasked with slowing down Hornqvist and Glencross. 

Injured Center Mikko Koivu is expected to be back for Game 4, possibly Game 3, and when he returns he will once again occupy that spot on the 2nd line. 

PK Subban and Brad Stuart will see a lot of both of Dublin's top lines but it will once again come down to Sergei Bobrovsky between the pipes for the Aces and he has been sensational all season. 

Here is a look at the Aces lines heading into the conference final. 

Landeskog - Sedin - Toews

Oshie - S. Koivu - Simmonds

Perron - Galchenyuk - Hemsky

Penner - Paajarvi - Downie

Mikko Koivu (injured)

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Subban - Stuart

Hjalmarsson - Goligoski

Emelin - Enstrom

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Bobrovsky

Luongo

 

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