The Vancouver Canucks have claimed their best regular season in franchise history. They have done so with a combination of skill, depth and chemistry.
Despite having key players out with injury, Vancouver has dominated most of the season and will finish the best team in the league. But all of those achievements and accolades are meaningless come playoff time. When the NHL season becomes a race to 16 wins, regular-season stats and numbers have very little impact.
The Canucks know all too well that the pressure is on to deliver the city of Vancouver its first NHL-era Stanley Cup. While the Canucks may be the most complete team built for a Cup run, they will need some players to step up their game if they expect to make it to the final dance.
The Sedin twins are playing extremely well, and I expect them to play their very best in the postseason. Of course, even with the twins at their peak, Vancouver needs a team effort game in and game out.
In my opinion, there are four specific Canucks players that need to go into the playoffs playing not just their best hockey of the season, but of their careers. Without the following players giving 110 percent, I have my doubts about Vancouver bringing Lord Stanley to the west coast of Canada for the first time since 1915.