*There seems to be something very stark about that Wikipedia article when it lists "Duration: Not Played."
Obviously, these are both very good teams. Vancouver was the top team in the regular season, and other than a three game stretch against Chicago, they've pretty well breezed through the playoffs. Their roster is full of big time names, though the big three to pay attention to for the casual fan would be goalie Roberto Luongo and the Sedin twins, Henrik and Daniel. You'll be able to tell who they are, because they are carbon copies of one another. The rest of the team is pretty darned good, too, but those are the big names.
Boston also has a stud goaltender in Tim Thomas. Their captain is Zhedno Chara, who is one of the biggest players in the NHL (standing 6'9", 255 lbs) and has won four of the last five (only missing in 2010) Hardest Shot competitions during All-Star weekend. His win from this past year set a record (which he already owned) at 105.9 MPH. I know Luongo has some extra padding as a goalie, but taking a frozen piece of rubber to the head, helmeted or not, at 106 MPH doesn't sound like my idea of a good time. Again, many other good players, but those are probably the key guys to know.
As far as a prediction, I've adopted Vancouver as my team, and they've breezed through a very solid San Jose team, a solid Nashville team, and with the exception of the three games where the Canucks just weren't themselves, made the Blackhawks look silly. The Bruins absolutely crushed Philadelphia, but the Flyers have some major issues in goal, so I'm not quite as impressed. They barely scraped by a Montreal team that I really thought would win that series, and a game Tampa Bay team took them to seven games. The Bruins are good, but I just think Vancouver is better. I say the Canucks win in, let's see. . . how about six. That feels about right.
That's enough for today, but before I sign off, a hearty congratulations are in order for Jordan Lyles. He made his major league debut last night in Wrigley Field for the Astros and proceeded to throw seven shut-out innings. The eighth might have been a shut out, too, except he decided to throw to third to get the lead runner instead of the sure out at first on a bunt. Big Z also pitched very well, giving up just a single run on a solo homer in seven innings. Things got ragged when the bullpens got involved, Carlos Marmol especially didn't have his stuff. I was really hoping to see a dual complete game. I don't know the last time that happened, and that is sad to me. I wonder if the last occasion was even in my lifetime.
This line used to say the Cubs played the White Sox today, but that isn't right at all. The Cubs schedule calender I have on my cubicle is set up kind of odd, so I looked at July 1st instead of June 1st. It's still in a couple hours, but it's just boring old Houston. Who the Cubs can't beat.