Canucks @ Blackhawks: The Struggling Within

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Time Fri. 5:30 PM PST
TV TSN, NHLN - US
Season Series 2-0 Blackhawks
Last Meeting
7-1 Chicago (Nov.20/10)
The Enemy Second City Hockey Scoring Leaders H Sedin: 2-27-29   Sharp:16-13-29

 

Canucks
Category Blackhawks
13-7-3 Season Record 14-11-2
2nd
Conference Position 4th
Won 3
Streak Won 3
5-5-2
< Road Record / Home Record >
6-7-0
5-4-1
Last 10 6-3-1
+14
Goals For / Against +/- +7
3.26 (5th) ^
Goals Per Game 3.11 (7th)
2.56 (8) ^
Goals Against Per Game 2.89 (20)
1.02 (16) -
5 On 5 GF/GA 1.10 (10)
26.4 (1) -
Power Play %
23.7 (5)
87.4 (3) ^
Penalty Kill %
79.4 (24)
31.1 (15) ^
Shots Per Game 32.7 (5)
30.6 (18) ^
 Shots Against Per Game 29.6 (12)
84.6 (4) ^
Winning % When Scoring First 55.6 (25)
90.0 (4) ^
Winning % When Leading After 1 50.0 (29)
90.0 (15) -
Winning % When Leading After 2 71.4 (27)
56.8 (1) -
Faceoffs % 50.4 (14)
12.5 (13) v
PIM's Per Game 10.9 (6)
(NHL.com)

There is so much frustration in my head still from the beating the Hawks handed the Canucks on November 20 while we partied at The Forum. Great timing to pull out a stinker, dicks! Even more frustrating is that with every loss Chicago hands us it has become glaringly obvious that they have our number. They are in the Canucks' heads. On top of the 2 playoff meltdowns against them in consecutive years, the Hawks have won their last 3 regular season games against the Canucks, outscoring them 15-5 in the process. Vancouver has lost 3 straight regular season games in Chicago, with their last win at the United Center

coming on October 21, 2009. Something about Mitchell killing Toews and...

Success! On another somewhat positive note: since March 2006 the Canucks are 6-4 in their last 10 in Chicago. But that stat is skewed because the Hawks were not a playoff team until the 2008-09 season.

The November 20th disaster involved a lot of defensive mistakes, turnovers. pretty much any way a team can f*ck things up. Troy Brouwer making Christian Ehrhoff a pylon. Andrew Alberts turning over the puck to Bryan Bickell in his own zone only to chase him around his own goal while Bickell feathered a pass to Fernando Pisani who roofed it. When Pisani scored again almost 2:00 later to make it 6-0, there something funny happened behind the bench and Alain Vigneault which I captured in a GIF:

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Too funny. Fans had a right to be bitchy. Not even a good drunk made me feel any better about it. F*cking Hawks. I hate them. I'm sick of the Canucks losing to them. It must stop now! Know who's rolling for Chicago? I don't care! I only care about a W. For god's sakes stop the bleeding against these guys.

A bonus: No Marian Hossa, who collided with Nick Boynton in practice on November 29th. He's out for 3 weeks with a lower body injury. The Hawks responded the next game with a 7-5 win over the Blues. Yay? Nope.

I think we will see a solid effort from our beloved Canucks tonight. The madness has to stop at some point.

  • Hell, we have solid special teams! 
  • Defensively we have looked pretty solid lately
  • We have contributions from the top 9 forwards right now!
  • Nobody is picking us to win!
  • We have the 29th best goalie against the Hawks in net!
  • Said Vigneault about the 7-1 walloping:

    "They rubbed our nose in it and it was their right," he said. "Last night, when the score was 6-2 and we had a power play I choose to send our fourth line on the ice. We all have our way of doing things. I don't need Quenneville or Chicago to do what they did in our building to dislike them more. We got embarrassed. It's their right to do whatever they want." Oh you're so noble. Give me a break. So the team is pissed? Embarrassed? Woo! Kick some ass!

  • Alexandre Burrows has scored in 3 straight games. He's feeling good.
  • Vancouver has outscored opponents 17-5 during its (current 3-game) win streak after being outscored 17-7 during an 0-3-1 slide. -CBS Sports.
  • Did someone say that the Canucks are 8-0-1 with Jeff Tambellini in the lineup? Well sheeit, check this out:

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Keep up the great work, Tambo! Let's see if Mason Raymond keeps scoring after a hatty against the Flames. Line 2 is deadly!

STARTING (and hopefully finishing this time, LOU?!) Goaltenders:


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Roberto Luongo 19 1098 10 7 49 2.68 547 498 .910 1

VS


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Marty Turco 18 1056 8 7 51 2.90 530 479 .904 1

  • Corey Crawford played in 3 straight games (all wins) and now Marty Turco goes in after allowing 11 goals in his last 2 starts.

HERE IS A HAWKS FAN TWITTER PROFILE PIC FAIL OF THE DAY:

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LOVE hockey & goalies. Marty Turco rocks my world. Fan of:  Chicago Blackhawks, Edmonton Oilers, Dallas Stars, Stockton Thunder, SF Giants.

Lock your doors, Marty! (Apologies anyone if that is a pic of your mom...or sister...or whatever.)

Enjoy the game! May it be a great success!

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