Reviewing The Canucks/Kings Game One

Mucking around with the game one shift charts this morning showed a few things:

- The Sedins were in on all three goals and had 32 shifts for roughly 23 minutes each. The shift charts for the LA blueliners look like this:

Name Total Shifts Shifts Against Sedins Points +/-
Scudari 32 19 0 0
Doughty 34 17 0 0
Jones 28 13 0 -1
Johnson 30 13 0 -1
O'Donnell 31 13 0 -1
Greene 31 13 0 -1


Not surprisingly, they rolled with Doughty and Scudari out who, by and large, did fine. The Sedins cashed in against the other pairings. On the flip side it helped negate Doughty (third highest scoring defenseman in the regular season) for a game; he only had one SOG.

As they stated on the broadcast, Murray threw the Kopitar line against Sedins/Burrows (Kopitar spent 22 of his 33 shifts with the twins). The Kings top line ended the night collectively with 1A and a -3.

The other lines had a similar breakdown: Kesler/Samuelsson saw plenty of Stoll (18 of 35 shifts) and the Jones/Johnson pairing (18 of 28 & 30 shifts respectively). Almost half of Handzus' time was out against Wellwood's third line (16 of 34 shifts). Similarly, O'Donnell and Greene each had 13 shifts against Vancouver's pluggers. 

The Alberts major changed up the shift composition greatly in the second. I wouldn't pretend to know if Murray wants to match the same lines again, but if nothing he'll probably do his damnedest to get Jones off the ice when the twins jump over the boards.

Can't say enough good things about Quick either; he rose to the task when the team in front of him often wasn't. If Vancouver is lucky, they'll get to him again early and often on Saturday to rattle that confidence out of him. Quick wasn't fighting the puck as much as Luongo was, but we already know that when Luongo isn't tested he goes on a mental vacation which can render some of his saves on the scarier side (see his crease roaming excursion midway through the third).

The Kings offense never really got clicking at ES, but they looked terrifyingly poised on the PP (whereas Vancouver looked like they were forcing the issue too much). Overall, Vancouver's puck possession was, IMO, very uncharacteristic for how they played towards the end of the regular season. Their forecheck was tenacious, they wouldn't allow the Kings to flow and gain composure in the neutral zone and their defense (except Alberts) was strong when they needed to be, particularly Edler who arguably had his strongest game as a Canuck.

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