Farhan Lalji wrote:The thing that scares me greatly about the Kings, is that their team defense is pretty damned good. Their offense however, despite having tremendous talent up front, has struggled mightily this year for reasons I cannot fathom. However - given the talent level up front, I get the feeling that they could 'turn it up' in a playoff environment.....making them a threat both offensively and defensively.
Their lack of offence stems mainly from 3 factors:
1, their stifling defensive style
2, lack of mobility and puck movement from the back-end.
3, lack of overall team speed.
Teams that score goals either, or a combination of, a mobile, puck moving defence, team speed, and a more up-tempo system.
The Kings have played some physical games versus Van, but their last meeting, the Canucks answered the physical bell and out-hit and out-muscled LA. Even if the Kings get the slight advantage in toughness, it's not great enough to really be a major factor in the series. The Sharks and Preds were just as tough, if not tougher last season.
If the Canucks face the Kings, Vancouver will be able to play patient, defensive hockey just like LA, but they'll eat the Kings alive in transition and off turnovers.
The games will be probably be close, but Van should win that series in 5, 6 max.
Farhan Lalji wrote:Phoenix is a hard nosed team with a great work ethic, but I don't think they'll be able to beat us provided that we play at our best. In that sense - I think the Canucks would beat Phoenix similarly to how we beat Nashville last year (i.e. a team that will beat us in a few games if we are slightly off, but a team that will lose if we're at the top of our game).
Yeah, I see a Phoenix/Van series working out in a similar way.
The reason I find Phx more of a challenge is their team speed and skill on the back-end.