This is NOT a matchup that I'm happy about.
LA has goaltending, size, shooters, goaltending, defense, and did I mention goaltending?
Sutter is a halfway decent coach, and he couldn't benchboss a goal scoring team with Lemieux, Sakic, Yzerman, and Gretzky down the middle. But he can coach playoff hockey, and he can motivate an underdog team that is willing to work hard in front of an elite goaltender.....I did mention that the Kings have some great goaltending right? It was, afterall, Sutter who coached the lunch bucket brigade Flames to the finals in 2004, and just a quick reminder, they went through Vancouver to do it.
Now, that being said, this is a different Vancouver team than the one that played Calgary in the opening round of 2004. It is a different team than the one that beat LA in round one of 2010. The King's are much the same, if anything they are actually a bit slower.
The thing that scares me is the guy in the LA crease, Jonathan Quick. He has been outstanding this year, and the Canucks have only scored 7 goals in 4 meetings with LA. Vancouver has shown a real proclivity for making goalies look amazing this year, and while the Canucks can win 1 goal games, and often find ways to get the "W even when they can't find the back of an empty net from the top of the crease.
Vancouver's only advantages are depth and speed. Those are usually pretty good, but come playoffs when the officials put the whistle away, the advantage shifts to a Sutter coached LA team that will be tough and dirty and get away with it.
Our only hope to making this series something that will be a lock for the Canucks is if Hank was serious about the Canucks mailing in the PP because they know they are being scouted by potential playoff opponents. If the Vancouver PP can get it together, then the Canucks should be able to handle the Kings.
One more thing, Doughty is a hot-head and the Canucks can probably get him into stupid penalty trouble if they send Bitz, Weise, Kassian, Booth, Higgins, and Kesler crashing into him every chance they get.
This series is going the distance.
Last edited by Meds
on Sun Apr 08, 2012 12:03 am, edited 1 time in total.