The Ducks are well rested. The Canucks are not. That's not exactly an edge for Anaheim, which hasn't fared well after long playoff layoffs, dropping the 2003 Cup final to New Jersey after a 10-day break and losing to Edmonton in last season's Western Conference final after a weeklong break. But Ducks fans shouldn't be concerned. The Canucks can't score (no player had more than two goals in the first round). Anaheim is firing on all cylinders -- and that's with no goals from Scott Niedermayer and Chris Kunitz. After slipping past defensive-minded Dallas, Vancouver will need to figure out one of the most physical and offensive teams in the league. If that's not enough, we've all seen what J-S Giguere is capable of in the postseason (15-6, 1.62 GAA in 2002-03).
Teemu Selanne The Ducks breezed by the Wild in the first round despite getting just one goal from Selanne, who lit the lamp 48 times this season. As long as his two facial injuries aren't major, don't expect the "Finnish Flash" to stay in his offensive slump much longer. The former kindergarten teacher should be able to school the Canucks' blueliners before this series ends. Selanne had two goals and six points in four games against Vancouver this season.
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Ducks: Francois Beauchemin Everyone knows the Ducks have two pillars of strength on the blue line in Chris Pronger and Scott Niedermayer. But Beauchemin is no slouch himself, notching two goals and three points in the first round. What also stood out in the quarterfinals is that the 26-year-old backend had 14 SOG while logging more than 28 minutes per game.Canucks: Markus Naslund The Canucks need their captain to produce if they have serious thoughts of knocking off the Ducks. Naslund, who had just one goal and two points (both in Game 1) against Dallas, had two points in four games against Anaheim this season. At 33, he may be slowing, but this is when the Canucks need him most.
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