Former Boston College star and current Canucks backup goaltender Cory Schneider joined the Mut & Merloni show Monday morning to talk about the upcoming Stanley Cup finals.
Schneider said that although the Canucks didn’t learn all that much about the Bruins from their 3-1 loss in February, what he’s noticed most from watching the playoffs is Boston’s depth.
“They have three deep lines, and offensively even their fourth line is effective in what they do,” Schneider said. “On any given night for them a different guy can step up and be the difference.”
Schneider also said the Canucks would need to keep track of Milan Lucic and Patrice Bergeron in particular. He called Lucic a “big guy who can disrupt a lot of plays and go to the net and create problems.” He compared Bergeron with Vancouver’s Ryan Kessler: a multi-talented player who contributes on offense, defense, faceoffs and special teams.
“[Bergeron] can really burn you if you’re not paying attention,” Schneider said.
Schneider also complimented Zdeno Chara’s defense, calling him a “No. 1 guy.”
“He’s got such a long reach that it doesn’t matter who you put out against him, he’s going to try and find a way to shut them down,” Schneider said.
However, Schneider said that the Canucks’ Swedish twins, Daniel and Henrik Sedin, might be able to beat Chara.
“You probably haven’t seen anything like them when they’re playing down low,” Schneider said. “They’re cycling the puck and they make these soft passes to each other, you have no idea how they made it. It’s pretty incredible to watch. That will be a great matchup.”
Schneider said he didn’t think the Bruins had a defensive advantage, despite Chara’s talents.
“One thing people don’t realize is we also finished No. 1 in the league in defense,” Schneider said. “We allowed the fewest goals in the league as well. We have a great group of defense who are pretty mobile and can move with the puck.”
Watching the Bruins-Lightning series, Schneider said the Lightning are built similar to the Canucks — strong special teams and speedy forwards. He said the Bruins resembled the Predators with their strong defense and reliance on their goaltender.
Of the Bruins, Schneider said, “I think they have more offense.”