First round series breakdown: Canucks (1) vs. Kings (8)
Of course, the Canucks have no slouches in net with Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider. Looks like Luongo will be the starter until further notice, which many Canucks fans and pundits worry is the wrong call. But Luongo is the veteran guy on a Presidents' Trophy team, so it should be his job to lose.
L.A.'s scoring woes baffled people all season, especially because the Kings have such really talented forwards as Anze Kopitar, Mike Richards, Dustin Brown and talented two-way D-man Drew Doughty. Jeff Carter adds another big stick, and it looks like he'll be ready to go for the series after missing the last couple weeks with a deep bone bruise on an ankle.
Will Daniel Sedin be ready to return from his concussion? The signs seem positive, as he's been skating again. Even without him, brother Henrik and Co. bring a lot of offensive skill to the rink.
It should be a good battle between the special teams in the series, as Vancouver had the fourth-best power play in the league (19.8 percent) while the Kings had the fourth-best PK overall (87).