The Canucks' season is now complete, and once again they have topped the Northwest Division. Their first-round rivals are the San Jose Sharks, who the Canucks toppled in five games in the 2011 Western Conference Finals en route to their Stanley Cup matchup with Boston.
Over the years, the Canucks have played well against the Sharks, which is likely why many, including myself, were happy with the way things unfolded on the final night (as opposed to another round with the Los Angeles Kings).
That said, the Canucks are still in for a tough series. In three games against San Jose this season, the Canucks had a record of 0-2-1, a troublesome stat.
The following are seven keys for the Canucks to take the first round over the Sharks.