Despite suffering a game one defeat at the hands of the Los Angeles Kings, the Vancouver Canucks begin the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs in hopes of winning the Cup after losing it in a seventh game to the Boston Bruins a year ago. The Canucks may not be a better team than they were a year ago, but they are a deeper, more experienced team this time around.
The President's Trophy winners as top team in the NHL for the second straight campaign, the Canucks seemed to be disliked by the rest of the NHL, and are not being given a fair shot at winning the Cup this postseason.
Although the tail end of the 2011-12 regular season didn't really show it, the Canucks have one of the most potent special teams systems in the league, a extremely important aspect of success in hockey's second season.
There are far too many people thinking the Canucks have lost a step and won't win the cup in 2012, but they should reconsider after an in-depth look at why Vancouver should win the Cup this year.