Canucks Bloggers Playoff Panel: Keys to the Series

J.J. Guerrero

Founder and Executive Editor of Canucks Hockey Blog. Proud Canadian, hardcore Canucks fan. I would like nothing more than watching the Canucks win the Stanley Cup. Against the Leafs.

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  • http://twitter.com/teamrice2 Rob Rice

    The talk of the Hawks and Canucks series seems to be focussed on a previous battle between Byfuglien and Loungo. I agree that this was one battle but there were many more that were just as important or if not more important.

    Last year the Hawks team was skilled and tough.

    I have not heard much talk of the absence of Andrew Ladd (skilled and gritty). Was there a battle of Ladd and Kesler, last year?

    Ben Eager may not put the points up but he was a decent skater with a big body who was physical. Even Burish was a fourth liner who played his role well “crash and bang”.

    Think how last years Vancouver defensemen played knowing that Byfuglien, Ladd, Eager and Burish were coming on a forecheck – would they play the body –guarantee! Ask Elder what it felt like to get hit by Byfuglien, I am sure Elder was injured after that hit. Do you think the Canucks defensemen felt the pressure? Maybe move the puck sooner due to the Hawks forecheck? Maybe it is why the Canucks defensemen took “dumb” penalties?

    This year the Canucks defensemen have improved, but also the Chicago team has changed. This year Chicago will have to beat Vancouver with skill rather than having the skill and grit they had last year. The Vancouver defensemen will only have to focus on one thing – stop the Chicago skill. This is a battle that could make the difference on who wins the series.

  • http://twitter.com/SJKel Kel

    Last year, Vancouver started against Chicago with a defense of Edler, Bieksa, Salo, Ehrhoff, O’Brien, and Alberts. And we all know what happened to Salo during that series. And then Edler went down with an injury during the last game.

    This year, Vancouver started against Chicago with a defense of Edler, Ehrhoff, Bieksa, Hamhuis, Salo, and Ballard.

  • http://twitter.com/teamrice2 Rob Rice

    I would say that Vancouver has best 6 “d” in the NHL.

  • http://twitter.com/canuckshockey Canucks Hockey Blog

    D-depth is huge. The Canucks will basically have a top-4 defenseman out on the ice every shift.

    And Kel – Remember too that AHL-berts was brutal last year. By game 6, they were basically down to Bieksa, Ehrhoff and Salo’s left nut on D.

  • 20yearswait

    Did any one else question the officiating last eve? Mostly an amazing game…. and yeah I understand that Sedin took the dive in the crease at the end of the second, and he was mugged repeatedly with no calls against the Hawks. Having played and reffed, I really understand this. However, the delay of game (remember puck over the glass) that went in Hawks favor, a couple of fairly quick whistles and lo, the puck in the net, twice….. and most alarming to me was the cleaning of the ice at that point in time when the Hawks iced the puck, which of course allowed their boys to rest……. just saying ,,, or am I full of sour grapes……..looking forward to #7.

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