CHIGACO VS VANCOUVER:
There is not much analysis required here for most hockey fans. It is very simple to break down. The Canucks have everything needed to win the Stanley Cup this year. The only question that remains about them, is if Roberto Luongo, can play at the top of his game, against the Blackhawks, who shattered his confidence the last two seasons in the playoffs, and made him look very ordinary. Whether the Hawks can even come close to being as pesky in front of the Vancouver net, as they were a year ago, without Dustin Byfuglien, a vital role player for them in last year’s playoffs, who was acquired by the Thrashers last off-season, is doubtful, and especially with Chicago having squeezed into the playoffs on the last day of the regular season, with the help of the Dallas Stars. The Hawks seem to be a shadow of the championship squad they were a year ago, primarily because of all the players, including Byfuglien, who are no longer with this year’s club, due to salary cap issues.
Vancouver wins in 6.