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Slocum Steams Into First Playoffs

Riding a wave of momentum heading into the 2022 BEARD Hockey Playoffs, the Vancouver Canucks are keenly aware of their opponent's prowess.



As Canucks head coach Rick Bowness addressed his team before they enter this year’s first round playoff matchup with the Los Angles Kings, he used one word: “RESPECT.”


The Kings have seven players with more than 20 goals this season. Meanwhile, the Canucks only have five. Vancouver led the regular season matchups by winning two of the three games played. The goal differential for these three games was only three goals total.


Both starting goalies are well rested going into this series as well.


It would appear on paper that the Kings have the superstars to run over the President's Trophy winner, but there is something about how this team has been put together and works as a unit with great chemistry.


POTENTIAL MATCHUP - FORWARDS


VAN 1: Ryan O'Reilly - Jake Guentzel - Mark Stone

LAK 1: Sidney Crosby - Alex Iafallo - Kirill Kaprizov


VAN 2: Phillip Danault - Tyler Ennis - Nikita Gusev

LAK 2: Anthony Cirelli - Jonathan Marchessault - Brock Boeser


POTENTIAL MATCHUP - DEFENSEMEN


VAN 1: Seth Jones - Ryan Graves

LAK 1: Victor Hedman - Chris Tanev


VAN 2: John Marino - Mark Giordano

LAK 2: Ryan Ellis - Nick Leddy


With great players like Crosby, Hedman, Cirelli, Kaprizov, and Boeser, the Kings will be a tough team to beat. Canucks GM Kirk Slocum and Bowness see this as a long battle, potentially even a seven-game series.

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