The Vancouver Canucks have won the President's Trophy as the best team in the regular season the past two years. While that is an impressive feat, it hasn't brought a Stanley Cup title to the West Coast.
The Canucks have been one of the Western Conference's elite teams during the 2000s, but still lack a Stanley Cup in their trophy room. Since 2004, the Canucks have made the playoffs six times—winning six Northwest Division titles and finishing no lower than third in the conference.
During the early years of this dominant streak, the Canucks had trouble getting past the second round, due to inconsistent postseason goal tending, lack of toughness and not having enough skill to get past powerhouses such as the Anaheim Ducks, Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings.
Then, 2010-11 came. The Canucks won the President's Trophy with a league-leading 117 points. They had a league-leading 262 goals and gave up a league-low 185 goals. Daniel Sedin took home the Art Ross Trophy as the league's leading scorer with 104 points. Roberto Luongo and Corey Schneider shared the William J. Jennings Trophy for giving up the fewest goals.
Despite a tremendous regular season, the Canucks were outmuscled and outworked by the feisty Boston Bruins. Canucks goaltender Luongo was inconsistent during the playoffs, finishing with a 2.56 goals against average and a .914%, according to THN.com. Luongo gave up 24 goals in a seven-game series defeat to the Bruins.
The Canucks didn't dominate as much in 2011-12, but were still able to wrap up another President's Trophy, leading the league with 111 points. Canucks fans were optimistic about a shot at redemption, but that dream fell early following a shocking five-game defeat to the eventual cup champion Los Angeles Kings, in the opening round.
In a shortened 48-game season, the Canucks still have the pieces to make another run at the cup. However, there are still some obstacles they need to overcome in hopes of getting back to the finals.
Here are five potential weaknesses that could prevent a chance at hoisting the Stanley Cup in June.