So far however, the Canucks have impressed in this series and instead, kept up with the Ducks by virtue of some fast starts and opportunistic goals.
Their play will no doubt come as a reassurance to Mayor Sam Sullivan, who has a vested interest in the series.
Mayor Sullivan is so confident of a Canucks' second round victory, he's asked Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle to kindly put his money where his mouth (or is it bill?) is.
The two civic leaders are engaged in a bet as to who can take round two, the Canucks or the Ducks. The stakes? The loser must wear the winner's team's jersey at a televised council meeting and fly the team's flag outside their City Hall.
As Mayor Sullivan explains, both he and Mayor Pringle were keen to get make the series a little more interesting.
"Hockey minds think alike!" Mayor Sullivan says. "Both Mayor Pringle and I were keen to place the friendly wager, and my office was happy to accept his call."
A lifelong Canuck fan, Sullivan says he is always ready and willing to go to bat for the team.
"The main motivator of the wager is to show our team and fans how much we support them and that the whole city is behind their playoff success. Wearing the jersey and flying the flag is a fun way to put friendly pressure on the opposing team."
However, with all the experts and pundits picking the Ducks as favourites, you could forgive some Canuck fans for thinking twice before putting down any serious cake on their team. As for Mayor Sullivan?
"Not at all. I look forward to seeing Mayor Pringle don the Canucks jersey!"
As do we all!