I asked, they answered: On Canucks’ Kesler, Hamhuis, Luongo & more

1. Chara-Seidenberg vs. Sedin-Sedin-Burrows. The twins (and Alex Burrows) have had their hands full with shutdown pairings this postseason. In Round 1 they faced Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook (combining for 14 points); in Round 2 they faced Ryan Suter and Shea Weber (combining for nine). Then came the San Jose series. Dan Boyle-Douglas Murray played the shutdown role and the results were not pretty – the Sedin-Sedin-Burrows line exploded for 24 points.

2. Special teams. It’s been beaten to death, but Boston isn’t going to win a Stanley Cup scoring eight percent of the time with the man advantage. That has to improve. The Bruins also have to slow down a Vancouver PP that caught fire in the Western Conference final. In the first two rounds, the Canucks scored eight power play goals. In five games against San Jose, they scored nine.

3. The forecheck. Can Boston be effective on it? The Canucks moved the puck extremely well out of their own end and typically avoid the big hit, but against San Jose – a team that liked to dump-and-chase and get possession down low – both Aaron Rome and Christian Ehrhoff were knocked out of commission.

Prediction?

Vancouver’s team speed and defensive depth will get them through what should be a physical, hard-fought series. Canucks in 7.

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