Finally saw it. I think you guys are reading a bit too much into it. Strikes me as more coincidence than anything.
I'm more surprised that people aren't bitching that it's yet another Death Star thingy. Small ships, flying in close, avoiding cannon fire, to hit a weak point and utterly destroy the Big Bad. *I* don't see it that way, but given the number of people who think Force Awakens is a 1:1 clone of ANH, people manage to find the most tenuous connections to complain about and I'm surprised I haven't heard this one yet.
Pretty damned good movie, albeit a bit padded and suffered from inconsistent pacing in the first half. Best Star Wars movie since 1980 - but goddamn, would I like to see a modern movie, with today's effects and production values, but with 1980s-era pacing, runtime, and a much more limited principal cast. Blockbuster movies are really suffering from trying to compete with the 6-16 hour epics that have consumed Netflix/HBO.