Series breakdown: Canucks (1) vs. Predators (5)
OK, that's the mental/group dynamics side of things. Personnel-wise, defensemen Shea Weber and Ryan Suter will see a lot of the Sedin twins. In a series that's sure to feature forechecking at its finest, that leaves the trio of Ryan Kesler centering Alex Burrows and Mason Raymond to be the separating element. They were in Game 7 of their first round series and if they carry on in the same manner, the Canucks should flourish. On the back end, Kevin Bieksa and former Predator Dan Hamhuis have to be better than they were against the Blackhawks where the pair's play was uneven at best.
Ultimately, for the Predators to prevail, it will come down to being the frustratingly tenacious foe they've always been. Mike Fisher has to be in top form in the middle against Henrik Sedin and Kesler, especially in the face-off circle. Then the heroes will be the unheralded -- Jordan Tootoo, Jerred Smithson, Cody Franson and company. It won't be easy, but the harder the Predators make it on the Canucks -- frustrate them to distraction -- the better chance they have of pulling off the upset.