Vancouver Canucks (1) vs. Los Angeles Kings (8)
Season Series: Vancouver: 2-1-1; Los Angeles: 2-2-0
Vancouver, MarchApril: 11-5-1
Los Angeles, MarchApril: 11-4-3
Outlook: Daniel Sedin's concussion casts a question mark on this series, though the Canucks are more than deep enough to handle their star winger's absence and finished 8-1 after Duncan Keith's elbow took him out of the lineup. For the second straight year, Los Angeles faltered in the final weekend to draw a difficult first-round matchup, and the reprise of a series they lost in six games two years ago. Jeff Carter should return from a deep bone bruise in his ankle, and though he wasn't scoring consistently after joining the Kings, he spreads out opposing teams and opens up space for Dustin Brown, Anze Kopitar and Justin Williams, all of whom greatly benefitted from his arrival at the trade deadline. Though not at the level of Philadelphia-Pittsburgh, these teams already have a fairly strong distaste for each other and shou...