Scouting the playoff race: Vancouver Canucks

A potential first-round match-up for the Vegas Golden Knights, the Vancouver Canucks might be more challenging than one might think.

Anaheim Ducks  v Vancouver Canucks
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2. The case against the Vancouver Canucks

Teddy Blueger, Zach Whitecloud, Thatcher Demko
Vegas Golden Knights v Vancouver Canucks / Derek Cain/GettyImages

In terms of special teams, the Vancouver Canucks are average at best. Their penalty kill is tied for 15th in the NHL at 79.6%. Before Sunday's game against the Anaheim Ducks, Vancouver converted just 14.8% of their power plays in the last nine games. If the Vegas Golden Knights can turn their power play around, it goes a long way in equalizing the potential match-up.

This Canucks team is also younger. They're missing starting goaltender Thatcher Demko (knee) from the lineup, making matters more complicated. If Demko's knee isn't healed up by the playoffs, that can spell doom for Vancouver in the playoffs. If the Vegas Golden Knights DO face the Canucks, it gives their team a chance to showcase their newfound scoring depth.