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1 Thursday, April 15, 10pm et Kings 2 at Canucks 3 (OT) Recap/Highlights | Box
2 Saturday, April 17, 10pm et Kings 3 at Canucks 2 (OT) Recap/Highlights | Box
3 Monday, April 19, 10pm et Canucks 3 at Kings 5 Recap/Highlights | Box
4 Wednesday, April 21, 10pm et Canucks 6 at Kings 4 Recap/Highlights | Box
5 Friday, April 23, 10pm et Kings 2 at Canucks 7 Recap/Highlights | Box
6 Sunday, April 25, 9pm et Canucks 4 at Kings 2 Recap/Highlights | Box
Canucks win series 4-2


VANCOUVER CANUCKS

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Regular Season Record: 49-28-5, 103 pts
Head-to-Head Record: 3-1
Last Stanley Cup Win: Never
Last Stanley Cup Final Appearance: 1994
Last Postseason Appearance: 2009
Players with Stanley Cup Rings: Mikael Samuelsson, Brad Lukowich

A reason to cheer for the Canucks: After wrapping up their second straight Northwest Division title with relative ease, the Canucks may well be the Nation’s best hope at bringing the Stanley Cup back to Canada. It would also be apt for the city of Vancouver to host the Stanley Cup finals after doing a bang up job with the Winter Olympic Games this past March.

What They Bring To The Table: The Canucks are one of the top scoring teams in the league with a balanced attack featuring Art Ross Trophy winner Henrik Sedin, brother Daniel and perhaps the league’s best shift-disturber in Alex Burrows. The team’s defensive depth has been tested by injuries, however when healthy they are able to contribute to the offense as well as keep opponents off the board. As is the case for most teams, goaltending will be the difference and captain Roberto Luongo will be under the spotlight more than almost any player in the post-season. Luongo is considered one of the best in the business; however he was not his normal self in the second half of the season. While many have questioned ‘Bobby Lu’s’ ability to win the big one, he should have quieted the majority of his doubters by helping Canada capture gold on home ice at the Olympics. The team in front of him is perhaps the most talented that has ever been assembled during his tenure on the West Coast, if he is able to return to his previous form the party that started at the Olympics in March could continue well into June.


LOS ANGELES KINGS

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Regular Season Record: 46-27-9, 101 pts
Head-to-Head Record: 1-3
Last Stanley Cup Win: Never
Last Stanley Cup Final Appearance: 1993
Last Postseason Appearance: 2002
Players with Stanley Cup Rings: Justin Williams, Sean O’Donnell, Fredrik Modin, Rob Scuderi

A reason to cheer for the Kings: One of the best young teams in hockey, the Kings have been a team that appeared on the verge of greatness for years, this is the season that they were finally able to break through and claim the franchise’s first playoff berth in nearly a decade. The Kings presence in the post-season is great news for Canadian hockey fans as they will get to see a lot more of All-World blueliner Drew Doughty in action. Being stationed on the West coast, the sublime sophomore does not get nearly the exposure he deserves. The bad news for Canadian hockey fans is that due to the Kings earning a playoff, ‘Captain Canada’ Ryan Smyth will not make be able to make his all too frequent appearance at the World Hockey Championship.

What They Bring To The Table: After a lengthy absence from the post-season, the Kings must battle the notion that they are simply happy to be there. Fortunately management was able to bring in some playoff hardened veterans to support a talented bunch of youngsters that the team has accumulated as their core. The Kings biggest strength all season has been their goaltending, thanks to a breakout campaign by Jonathan Quick. However if has to be slightly worrisome to management how he appeared tired down the stretch after being featured in 72 games this season, by far the most he has played at any level of hockey. Should Quick continue his late season slide into the playoffs then it could be a very quick exit for the Kings.


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(1) COL 1, (WC) MIN 0 (1) ANA 2, (WC) DAL 0
(2) STL 2, (3) CHI 0 (2) SJ 1, (3) LA 0


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(1) BOS 0, (WC) DET 1 (1) PIT 1, (WC) CLB 0
(2) TAM 0, (3) MON 2 (2) NYR 1, (3) PHI 0


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