Canucks vs. Kings in Round 1
The Vancouver Canucks finished third in the Western Conference with 103 points and claimed the Northwest Division title. The L.A. Kings finished sixth in the Western Conference with 101 points. Head to head the Canucks beat the Kings 3 games to 1.
This is an easy one and the edge has to go to the Canucks although L.A. has more 20 goal scorers than Vancouver (7 – 6). The Canucks were one of the top offensive teams this season and have a fairly balanced attack that can roll three scoring lines lead by Art Ross trophy winner Henrik Sedin.
Even though the Canucks blueline has been banged up for most of the year, it has been average at best. The Kings meanwhile have one of the best blueliners and young players in the game in Drew Doughty. Doughty put up 59 points this year, 15 more than the highest Canucks blueliner. Edge goes to the Kings.
I haven’t been big on Roberto Luongo’s play during the second half of the season. However, his experience and desire to compete, combined with the slide Jonathan Quick had towards the end of the season, should be enough to give the Canucks the edge in goal.
Prediction = Canucks in 6 games
You can read my full NHL round one predictions here.