No, not unless they take their game to the next level.
The Sedins are notorious for being poor playoff performers but to me it's more than simple underperformance. To me, the playoffs are the time when teams capitalize on the weaknesses that the Sedins have always had but aren't exposed as often in the regular season.
The main problem is that the Sedins are:
- predictable and one demensional - pass, pass, pass, pass, pass, pass, point shot, pass, pass, pass, turnover, casual skate to the bench.
- terrible defensively
- aren't physical - started to see a little bit more from Daniel this past year, but even so the Sedins generally refuse of be physical. That's nice, we will never win a cup unless they step up.
The fact is, teams who have won the cup are either offensive powerhouses or are the bigger, more physical team. The Canucks (in large part because of the Sedins) are great regular season performers, but come playoff time when teams and players need to pull out all the stops to win the Cup, the Sedins are not prepared or willing to do this. Kesler in the Nashville series is a perfect example of what is necessary to win. The Sedins are great offensive players but are limited too much by their own style and reluctance to change or adapt to different circumstances.
The Kings won the Cup in a almost the same way the Bruins did. They were physical right from the start, were strong on the boards, kept the opposition to the outside, made entry into their zone difficult, and were ALWAYS in position. The Kings first line were key offensive players but also played a key defensive role and stayed physical the entire run. The Sedins are either incapable or unwilling of playing this way.
My biggest problem with the Sedins is that they never appear to actually care about winning so much as they care about winning THEIR way and no one else's, which drive's me insane. It's honorable if it works but the problem is that it hasn't and won't work unless the Sedins start carrying their own weight on ALL ends of the ice and not just in the offensive zone.
I agree with most of these points. However I will say:
-The Canucks simply lack offensive ability. We don't have many guys outside of the Sedins and Kesler, who can be
consistently counted on to produce. This is why they get so many offensive zone starts. You gotta use what you've got.
-However with that in mind, their defensive play has regressed, since they're not being used in all situations. I hope AV can give them more varied starts this year to improve their defensive play.
-The Sedins aren't agressive, gritty, physical players. Never have, never will be. Sure, ideally they would be. But ideally, they'd be 40 lbs heavier, and destroy everything in sight. Dropping the gloves more often than Lucic. Not going to happen.
-With that in mind, the supporting cast needs to have more size and grit. While they're somewhat gritty, we don't really have a consistent physical presence. Hansen is ocassionally. Lapierre sometimes. 1 or 2 out 6 is simply not good enough. Torres was great at this. Neither are exactly large, imposing players. IMO, if the bottom was gritty, sizable, and tough enough to compensate for the Sedins, we'd be golden.
-also, since we lack a truly dynamic offensive group, we have relied on our defence to be mobile, and puck-moving, always pushing the tempo of play. Too many. Its for this reason, we don't have as many, large, steady, crease-clearing defencemen.