The Vancouver Canucks have been able to get some much needed rest and sit around watching their eventual opponent wear themselves down a bit in a Game 7 series that they’re not playing in.
The Canucks know the tool a seven game series can put on a team but that didn’t effect them much going into their second round series after going the distance in their first round best-of-seven series against the Blackhawks. So who knows if whatever team out of the San Jose Sharks or Detroit Red Wings series will be physically drained or not once they reach the Western Conference finals.
Either way, the Canucks are going to enjoy their time off until Sunday when they hit the ice once again and play Game 1 of the Western conference final at Rogers Arena.
Forward Ryan Kesler, who many around the world wide web community have dubbed playing in “beast mode” is enjoying the rest and said: “It will be good to get some practice time and really get some down time. Rest and recovery is going to be key because it’s not going to get any easier going forward. We need to have everyone healthy and everyone going.”
The rest they’re getting now and the rest they’ll get in between Games 1 and Game 2, which goes Wednesday, will surely be to the benefit of the Canucks. At least you hope it will be. Some teams, no matter how good they’ve played see playing after too much rest as being a bad thing; especially if they’re on a hot streak. Teams want to keep any momentum they have going and continue to play at a high level. Resting can sometimes lead to killing any momentum and force a team to take some time to find their groove and gel together on the ice.
One thing we know about this wait is that it’s no 17 years. Which was the last time this Canucks franchise made it to the Conference Finals and if you ask Daniel Sedin he’ll tell you that making it this far won’t mean much of anything if they don’t reach the Stanley Cup Finals. Which is a fair statement. You play to win as Sedin says, “the whole thing.” Not at least reaching the Stanley Cup Finals would be a disappoint for this team that had it’s best year in franchise history.
No matter who the Canucks end up playing in the Western Conference finals if they don’t come out playing at or higher than the level they did against the Predators it might be an earlier than expected off-season.
Kesler said it best when he said: “We’re satisfied but we’re not going to be completely satisfied if we only make it to the third round. Now we’ve got to continue to improve and continue to have that will and drive I know we do.”