I can't believe what the kings are pulling off. Looking back at last years run and this years, our team struggles with decent goalies and we're one of the highest scoring teams in the league. This begs the question is the "Detroit model" really the answer? Looking at their success I would say so but do we really have the right pieces to copy the Detroit model? Im not really sure about the second part.
Good question, let's have a look and see.
The Detroit model calls for a strong and sturdy blueline, anchored by 1 elite level defender to lead the way.
The Canucks have a very solid blueline, but lack that one standout guy.
The Detroit model follows a pattern of getting consistently solid goaltending from unheralded guys with low cap hits.
The Canucks have consistently solid goaltending, but with an elite level goaltender.
The Detroit model builds a roster that plays their own game, but are able to match teams in most any kind of contest.
The Canucks philosophy to play their own game is similar, but they tend to lose their focus when trying to 'respond' to other teams, be it physically, defensively or otherwise.
Looks to me like the Canucks are close. Dealing Luongo, signing Schneider and making a legitimate play for an elite level defenceman would put us a whole lot closer. After that, it's up to the players and the coaching staff to execute the right game plan every night and stay focused.