I agree that they're the best in the West (probably in the whole NHL), and I agree that anything less than a SC would be a disappointment. That doesn't mean they're just going to roll over everyone they play though. All the same crap was said about the Caps last year, and we all know how that turned out. I do think Luongo (and coaching) is the difference between Vancouver this year and Washington last year, but that doesn't change the fact that upsets happen ALL THE TIME in the NHL playoffs. Last year, we saw a 7 play an 8 in the Eastern Conference Finals, after Montreal beat both Washington and Pittsburgh, who were 2 of the big favorites in the East. One thing Vancouver does not have is the experience of a team like Detroit. I think (if it happens) a series of Detroit vs. Vancouver would be an absolute dog fight, and I think the winner would have a good chance against any team in the East. I (optimistically) think my Caps could give either of those teams a series, and maybe Philly as well, but that's about it.
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