NHL Playoffs: 3 Things to Watch for in San Jose Sharks/Vancouver Canucks Series

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NHL Playoffs: 3 Things to Watch for in San Jose Sharks/Vancouver Canucks Series
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The 2011 Western Conference Finals is upon us, and it should be a dandy. The Vancouver Canucks and the San Jose Sharks are arguably the two most exciting teams to watch in the entire NHL. They have many of the best scorers in the league, they have depth among their forwards, and they have some of the best offensive defensemen in the league.

These two teams love to attack and, on March 10th of this year, they provided us with the best game of the regular season. A 5-4 shootout victory by the Canucks in a game that had tons of scoring chances and nothing but end-to-end action had fans drooling at the thought of these teams potentially meeting in the Conference Finals and that’s exactly what has happened.

There are a number of ways to break down this series, but in most categories these teams are dead even. The Canucks did win three of the four games between the teams in the regular season, but three of those four meetings were also decided by one goal (two of them went to a shootout).

Since there really aren’t any areas where one team has a major advantage, this preview will simply serve to provide you with three things to watch in this potentially epic battle between the Canucks and the Sharks.

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