Joe Thornton | Sharks | C
The San Jose captain has posted gaudy stats and won many awards. However, there is one thing he has yet to do: play in a Stanley Cup finals. Thornton was a major force in Game 7 against Detroit, an effort he needs to carry into the WCF. The 2006 Hart Trophy winner recorded his 1,000th-career point at the end of the regular season and topped the 300-goal mark earlier in the year.
Daniel Sedin | Canucks | LW
Coming off a series in which he had three points and was a minus-6 against Nashville, one would think Daniel must turn the tables for the Canucks to reach their first Cup finals since 1994. A Hart Trophy finalist after being the only player to record 100 points (104) this season, Daniel averaged a point per game in his two previous playoffs.
Henrik Sedin | Canucks | C
Both Sedins enter the conference final tied for last among playoff participants at minus-8. Yet, here they are. Henrik, who led the league in assists (75) for the second straight season, must re-ignite his line -- hobbled or not. He has points in only five of 13 playoff games. The 2010 Hart and Art Ross winner has 216 points the past two seasons.
Patrick Marleau | Sharks | C
The veteran of 118 postseason games in a San Jose uniform, Marleau's lone point in the seven-game series against Detroit was the game-winning goal in the finale. He is set to play in his third conference final with the Sharks. The franchise's record holder in virtually every major offensive category, Marleau played in his 1,000th game this season and scored his 350th goal.
Dan Hamhuis | Canucks | D
It took until his seventh season to be on the winning side of a post-series handshake, but the native of British Columbia has been a free-agent gem. Hamhuis has helped stifle opposing top lines while logging about 24 minutes per regulation game in these playoffs. In 13 postseason contests heading into the conference final, he was a minus player only twice.
Dan Boyle | Sharks | D
Boyle enters the WCF having posted eight points in the seven-game dandy against Detroit. A Stanley Cup winner with Tampa Bay in 2004, he will be playing in his third conference final. During the regular season, Boyle reached the 50-point plateau for the sixth time,
Ryan Kesler | Canucks | C
Kesler is coming off a monster series against Nashville in which he recorded five goals and 10 points over the final five games. During the season, his 41 goals marked a career best and were good for fourth in the league. He also scored 18 goals on special teams, including three shorthanded.
Logan Couture | Sharks | C
Couture scored a goal in each of the final four games against Detroit and has six overall in the postseason. Though a familiar face from last season and last year's playoff run in San Jose, Couture was still rookie eligible in 2010-11. As such, he is a candidate for the Calder Trophy after scoring 32 goals, including eight game-winners.
Roberto Luongo | Canucks | G
Though yanked twice and serving as the backup on one occasion, Luongo's goals against of 2.25 is fifth among playoff goaltenders and he sports a solid .917 save percentage. This effort follows a season in which he was second (2.11) and fourth (.928), respectively, and was named a Vezina Trophy finalist.
Antti Niemi | Sharks | G
The second-year goalie has already won a Cup and will be aiming for his second go-round with Lord Stanley in as many years with as many teams. After winning it all with Chicago last spring, Niemi was signed as a free agent by the Sharks before training camp and proceded to post a 2.38 goals against average with six shutouts.