If there is one team I can’t stand seeing in the Stanley Cup playoffs the most its the Vancouver Canucks. Its nothing personal – I just want the Buffalo Sabres to be the first team out of the class of 1970 to win a Stanley Cup. If the Canucks are in it – they stand a chance at winning it. So I am all San Jose Sharks in this series.
Both teams have been relatively flacid when it comes to the playoffs. Historically speaking – the San Jose Sharks have never made it past the final four – their last trip ending in five games to these very Vancouver Canucks – who ended up losing in the Stanley Cup Finals to the Boston Bruins.
The room fell deftly silent when this series was brought up – with no one at the table really caring what happens in this series. Which is really not fair to either franchise – the San Jose Sharks have made it into the playoffs every year since the complete season lockout. In total – they have made the playoffs every season except five since they entered the league. The Sharks have been relevant almost every season – but as little more than stumbling blocks in the way of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Vancouver has more in common with the Buffalo Sabres than just entering the league at the same time. They also have two Stanley Cup Final appearances – and both times they lost in seven games. They won the first ever Western Conference title and the right to lose to the New York Rangers in the 1994 season, and then lost to the Boston Bruins in the 2011 championship game.
Despite being a force in the Northwest Division – winning the divisional title seven out of the last nine years – they done little in the way of threatening in the post season.
I agree with Caitlin that this is probably going to be pegged for a Sharks victory after six games.