Series breakdown: Canucks (1) vs. Sharks (2)
The question now becomes, given all the preceding drams, could both of these teams be susceptible to exhaling and slipping? Human nature says yes. But the Canucks have had an extended rest, so managing that mindset certainly was part of their downtime. The Sharks, meanwhile, have real, practical experience in what happens when you take pause in the playoffs. They know how quickly things can change if a team loses focus. Being swept by the Blackhawks a year ago in this same situation serves as Exhibit A. I expect both teams to be ready.