You mean now that Horton, Peverly, Paille, Ference, and Rask are hurt? This is the only time the 'Nucks would be able to beat them.
Bruins are great team but come on look at the injuries to the Canucks for the SCF, much worse than what Boston is going through now. You comment leaves some doors open about only being able to beat a team when their injured...
Kassian would not counter Lucic or chara last year, just way to young for that role. But he certainly would put a hole through marchands face if he tried to bobble-head the sedins like he did last year.
If the Sedins and Kesler maintain their current form, the Bruins would probably do what they did after Game Two - that is, take advantage of a slumping Canucks offense, to say nothing of the between-the-whistles play. I think they'd have a good chance of repeating, especially with no Hodgson to blast goals past Tim Thomas.
If the Canucks offense wakes up like it did for the recent game against the Wings/the powerplay clicks like it did in January, I'd say that they take it pretty easily.
I pick Boston... a lot depends on Thomas and Chara shutting down the Sedins again...
also over a series i just think they wear down the nucks again... I thought in the game this year that Boston dominated the game they lost yes but I felt they dominated that game overall...
They hardly wore us down, we were injured heading into the SCF, and then Hamhuis went down, and that was the ball game and Canucks fans knew it then. You don't lose your top 2 defensemen and still think you can carry on in a tough, hard-hitting series. And then Boychuk and his dirty hit on Raymond which broken his back, not sure if that counts as 'wearing them down'?
I can honestly say that is the first time I've ever seen somebody say the experience of losing is what will make them winners.
Right now? Eh, probably Canucks. It doesn't help that Boston has almost a complete line injured right now. But who cares about right now? I only care about a potential series in June. By the playoffs Peverley will be back and the only regular that would be questionable come playoff time would be Horton. Ference and Paille have minor injuries, both will also be back by playoff time.
It's been mentioned multiple times that "If both teams were healthy, who'd win right now"
The Canucks were the better team last year and they're the better team this year. It's going to come down to if they choke again or not.
Canucks made it to the SCF and pushed it to game 7 with all the injuries they had, I wouldn't say they choked, but I won't go against a Shark fan when it comes to judging a choke job, I'm sure no fan base knows it better than them.
completely healthy the canucks would take it. but it wouldn't be a sweep or an easy series by any stretch of the imagination. The most underrated part of the canucks defense is dan hamhuis and to have him healthy keeps guys like aaron rome and andrew alberts either in the pressbox or playing sub 10min per game.