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It comes as no secret that the ability to have secondary scoring in the Stanley Cup Finals is a key to success. Every team that wins the Stanley Cup has depth, and teams need to be able to call upon players to produce offensively to provide secondary scoring.
The top line of the Sedins and Burrows for Vancouver, and the Lucic-Krejci-Horton line for Boston can't be the only lines producing points if either team wants to win this series.
The Vancouver Canucks have a strong second line with 41-goal-scorer Ryan Kesler leading the way. Kesler has 18 points thus far in the playoffs and is tied for fourth in goals with seven. The play of Chris Higgins on the line with Kesler has proven very valuable and a welcome surprise.
The Canucks' third line has chipped in a bit so far this playoffs, but they will need to rely on them for more production in the Finals. Raffi Torres has four points, while Mason Raymond has contributed with eight. If Manny Malhotra is able to return to the team for the Finals, expect more production out of this line.
The depth of the Canucks is also key because head coach Alain Vigneault is able to trust any one of his four lines on the ice at any given point of the game.
For the Bruins, their top scorers so far in the playoffs are all on the top line.
The return of Patrice Bergeron to their lineup in the Eastern Conference finals helped out a lot with their depth as they struggled to fill his void at the center position on the second line. With the Bruins, it is not their top concern when they struggle with secondary scoring because they have Tim Thomas backstopping them to victory every night, but this may be difficult when they play the Canucks. If Tyler Seguin steps up like he did in the early parts of the Tampa Bay series, the Bruins should not worry about scoring.
The Bruins' depth and experience of some of their forwards can be called into question since they tend to get hot-headed and erratic at times.
If the deciding factor here is depth, the Canucks win.
Advantage: Vancouver Canucks