If Playoffs Started Today

Some musings on the Vancouver Canucks, and what it would mean if the Stanley Cup Playoffs were to start today.

Ryan Kesler shows his excitement for Henrik Sedin's gorgeous backhand goal

  • Though they have six games remaining, the Canucks would face their playoff nemesis of the last two seasons, the Chicago Blackhawks
  • They would still have set a franchise record for most wins in a season, with 50
  • Vancouver would already be guaranteed one trophy, the President’s trophy (for best record in the NHL regular season)
  • Three defensemen would be shelved because of injury, Alex Edler, Dan Hamhuis, and Andrew Alberts
  • Be one road win shy of a franchise record nine straight away from home (can still be accomplished in Nashville today)

    Bryan Little of the Atlanta Thrashers stars in "Too Little,Too Late In The Third Period" against the Canucks (photos courtesy of AP Photo)

  • Would own the best power-play record in the league, 69 goals for, and 25.3 %  efficiency
  • Be tied for best penalty kill with the Pittsburgh Penguins at 86.3 %
  • Daniel Sedin follows in brother Henrik’s footsteps, and earns Art Ross trophy (most points during the regular season)
  • Kevin Bieksa and Dan Hamhuis tie for second best plus/minus in the league
  • Roberto Luongo records third best goals against average and save percentage: 2.18, .927%, has most wins with 35
  • Daniel Sedin notches 40 goals, third most in the league
  • Ryan Kesler shatters previous best in goals (26 in 08-09) with 36
  • Henrik Sedin crowned leagues best set-up man with 70 assists

With six games to go, a large number of these stats won’t change too drastically.  The standings watch won’t end until April 10th, but many Canucks fans are eager to see who their first test in the playoffs will be.

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