There is no mentality factor in this series, so that's a huge relief.
Luongo has great playoff stats against non-Chicago teams, and Nashville has no superstar forwards like Toews, Kane, Hossa, and Sharp.
Kesler wont have to worry about shutting down a great offensive player, so hopefully he will get a few goals.
In no way am I underrating Nashville. I know they are a great team, but this series should be easier for the Canucks.
One thing I noticed tonight is that the Canucks were dominant along the wall and in front of the net. The Hawks are a smaller skill team and were reluctant to dump the puck deep and battle for pucks along the boards to gain possession. This won't be the case against a team like Nashville that thrives on getting the puck deep and battling for pucks. Clogging up the neutral zone and holding the blueline won't be as big as a deal against the Preds as it was the Hawks.
Going to be an INCREDIBLE series, and will really test this current Canucks team - the Predators are an extremely tough team to play against. They have forward depth, albeit no high end scorer, they have one of the best defensive corps in the NHL, they have a Vezina caliber goaltender, and they have the best coach, bar none, in the league. I still think that Vancouver will pull it out, but it's going to all out grinding wars. Board battling, in the trenches, getting abused physical kinda series.
Canucks in 7. They've gotten the monkey off their back, and they can play any kind of game you want them too. I don't expect a big series for the Sedins, but I see Kesler having a fantastic series, especally without the responsibilities of having to cover Toews/Kane/Sharp, all of whom are better offensive than any Predators forward.
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'Nucks riding the wave of finally beating Chicago, Nashville riding an even bigger wave finally beating the first round. There's more pressure on Vancouver now, Nashville already surpassed all of their expectations. Win or lose, it was a success for the Preds; Canucks won't be happy without a Cup. Nashville in 6.
Preds in 7. Despite the fact Vancouver held the upper hand against us in the regular season, the Preds were one of the few teams to give Vancouver fits. As long as Rinne doesn't suffer an unexpected collapse, I believe the Preds can get it done.