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Vancouver Canucks VS The San Jose Sharks: A Closer Look

It is that time of year again! When all the razors are put away and the beards come out in full force.

Now for Canucks fans wondering when the Canucks begin playing, their 1st game of the post season will be this Wednesday at 7pm at Rogers Arena versus the San Jose Sharks. Last year it was the Los Angeles Kings the Canucks fell victim to in the 1 st round, and now this year the Canucks  they will try to avoid recent history repeating itself and try to advance to the 2nd round by beating the Sharks.

During the regular season, the Canucks went 0-3 against the San Jose Sharks and were outscored 10 to 5 with two of those games going into overtime or a shootout. Now everybody knows that the playoffs are a completely different story, and the regular season counts for nothing besides  some extra motivation to beat your opponent.

Now the San Jose Sharks are a well-known opponent to the Canucks, and the way I see it the X factor in this series will be Zack Kassian. The sharks are a very tough, physical imposing team that will try to make life hard for the Canucks forwards, and will do everything in their power to stop the Sedin’s cycle game. What Kassian, and other big bodies like Dale Weise need to do is get in on the forecheck, and soften up the Sharks. On the offensive side, Kassian should be focused on making life very hard on Antti Niemi, and parking himself right in front of the net, and making sure that Niemi has a difficult time tracking the puck. While Kassian is at it, I am sure he will get quiet acquainted with former Canuck Raffi Torres who will try to do the exact same thing as  Kassian himself on the other end.

With the Canucks current roster possessing talent, depth, and excellent goaltending, the Canucks are in great shape to make a deep run into the playoffs. The Sharks will challenge the Canucks with their size, and grit, and it is vital that the Canucks strike back with their own grit, but as well stick true to their style of play, and use their speed to their advantage. At the end of the day the Canucks overall depth, and speed will wear down the Sharks, and the Canucks will pull out a 4-2 series win.

Written by: Hamed Amiri

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