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Canucks vs Kings - 2012 Stanley Cup Conference Quarterfinals

Why Vancouver will win the Cup

Shawn P. Roarke - NHL.com Senior Managing Editor

Why will the Vancouver Canucks win the Stanley Cup this June? Because they lost it last June -- and there is something to be said about learning from defeat on the biggest stage. Just ask the 2009 Pittsburgh Penguins, who learned from a difficult Final loss to the Red Wings the previous year and then vanquished Detroit for the Cup the following year. The blueprint is there for the Canucks.

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The Big Why: For all its supposed faults, Vancouver is still the cream of the Western crop again this year. The Canucks, simply, are loaded with a dizzying mixture of skill and experience.

Obviously both lists are topped by the Sedin twins, Daniel and Henrik, who reached the 80-point plateau yet again. Daniel reached 30 goals despite missing the end of the regular season with a concussion. Offensively, the team also has Alexandre Burrows and Ryan Kesler, each of who has topped the 45-point mark this season and played a huge role in the march to Game 7 of the Final last June.

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Why Los Angeles will win the Cup

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

The Los Angeles Kings are one of the two "Second Six" teams never to drink out of the Stanley Cup. But after fighting their way through a wild scramble and overcoming a season-long offensive funk, the Kings are poised to end that drought and become 2012 Stanley Cup Champions.

The Big Why: You can't win a championship without goaltending, and the Kings have one of the NHL's best in net.

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