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Kings/Canucks 2nd Most Entertaining 1st Round Match-up (Yahoo Sports)

http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/blog/puc...urn=nhl,233475

Star Power: 6. NHL points leader Henrik Sedin(notes) and gold-medal winning goalie Roberto Luongo(notes) vs. a group of players that are on the cusp of stardom.

Upset Possibility: 9. The Kings are as dangerous a lower-seed as there is in either conference, with quality defense in front of Jonathan Quick and some gritty offense up front. Meanwhile, Luongo has place a welcome mat for pucks in front of his crease for the better part of a month.

Coach Insanity Factor: 6. Both Alain Vigneault and Terry Murray are candid speakers in postgame interviews. Very candid at times.

Hate Quotient: 4. The Canucks have deeper rivalries with other conference teams, but their last meeting had its volcanic moments.

Potential For Goonage: 6. Ryan Kesler(notes) and Alex Burrows(notes) are going to do what's necessary to bug the Kings' offensive players. Both teams have brawlers and heavy hitters that can raise the intensity of the series. Provided Shane O'Brien(notes) shows up for the games on time.

Entertainment Value: 9. Perhaps the most compelling of all first-round series for the on-ice product. And because it's been a few years since playoff hockey returned to Los Angeles, which means famous-for-the-NHL celebrity sightings, ahoy!

TOTAL SCORE: 40

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