From GM Mike Gillis down to the team on the ice, the Canucks have appeared more focused and have taken on more of an even keel attitude in this seasons quest for the Cup.
It started last summer with Gillis and his management team addressing the personnel issues. They needed more quality defensemen. Gillis got them. They needed a better third line. Gillis solved that problem as well.
The players also did their part before the season started when their former captain, Roberto Luongo, took it upon himself to give up the captaincy because he thought it would make him and the team better. It clearly did and the Canucks ended up with 117 points and the Presidents’ Trophy as the top team in the regular season.
But can they continue their dominance in the playoffs? It’s a valid question to ask.
After all, the Canucks won their division in each of the past two regular seasons and were promptly eliminated by the Chicago Blackhawks in back-to-back playoff series. This is the same Chicago team they face in the opening round of this postseason.
However, this time around might be different for the Canucks. The core of their team still consists of the same players, but there are several differences in this edition of the Canucks that will help them during their playoff run.
Everyone knows it takes four wins to move on in a playoff series and four series victories to capture Lord Stanley’s mug. Therefore, I present the four biggest reasons why the Vancouver Canucks are better suited for the playoffs this time around.