Originally Posted by bawlin
They're playing the best hockey they've played in years. I'm not sure what you mean by they can play better. Of course they're not playing 100% perfect, but they're damn close.
You clearly didn't watch every game in the regular season... they're capable of a lot more than they've shown. They've been somewhat undisciplined, the passes aren't getting to where they should be and they're not creating as much space as they have in the past with speed. They have yet to play a full 60 minute game, or even 45 minutes. Defensively they have been fairly responsible, there are occasional lapses but they're doing okay. The 2nd period wasn't pretty tonight and there was some running around. On the offensive side of the puck they're just not clicking the way they're capable of. That's why they're relying on their goalie and that's why the games have been close so late into them. They can play much, much better. I've seen it. The best hockey they've played in years was a game against Minnesota in March, they went down 2-0 early and then just absolutely massacred the Wild. If that Canucks team shows up to one of these games Luongo won't even be a meaningful factor, right now he is winning us games. Which is great, but it's better if he doesn't have to keep doing it through the whole playoffs.
Originally Posted by sonick
I don't think woudl match up very well to a big team like the Ducks, where the top lines aren't afraid of getting gritty. Though big, the Canucks' first two lines (especially without Sundin) is fairly passive.
We don't play the ducks. If the ducks win we get Calgary or Chicago, whoever wins. If the Ducks lose we get Detroit. Of the 3 I'd prefer Chicago, I don't know if Khabibulin has won in Vancouver since the 90s.