The Vancouver Canucks have been the best team in the NHL in almost every statistical category this season, which helped them earn the President's Trophy for the league's best regular-season record.That success has carried over into the playoffs, as they continue to seek their first Stanley Cup victory in team history.
During the regular season, the Canucks led the NHL in goals per game (3.1), goals against per game (2.2) and power-play percentage (24.4). They ranked third in the NHL in penalty-kill percentage (85.6).
In the postseason, the Canucks have defeated the Chicago Blackhawks in seven games, the Nashville Predators in six games and the San Jose Sharks in five games.
With one of the league's best two-way forwards in Ryan Kesler and two of the league's most gifted offensive weapons in Daniel and Henrik Sedin, the Canucks offense is as potent as any in the NHL. They are also difficult to generate offense against, with Roberto Luongo excelling between the pipes and solid defensemen, such as Kevin Bieksa and Sami Salo, clogging up the shooting lanes.
In fact, Luongo and Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas enter the Stanley Cup Final with an identical goals against average (2.29).
The Bruins are looking to put a stop to Vancouver's success, though. The B's have been a difficult team to gauge all postseason, but they've earned a reputation as a resilient bunch.
The Vancouver Canucks should give the Bruins their biggest challenge yet. But which aspect of the Vancouver Canucks poses the biggest challenge for the Bruins?