Blackhawks At Canucks Game Preview: A Beautiful Rivalry

BLACKHAWKS
CANUCKS

AT

Time Fri. 7:00 PM PST
TV TSN
Season Series  2-1 Chicago
Last Meeting
3-0 Canucks (Dec. 3/10)
The Enemy Second City Hockey Scoring Leaders D. Sedin: 27-40-67 Sharp: 26-21-47
Blackhawks
Category   Canucks    
27-20-4 Season Record 33-10-9
8th
Conference Position 1st
Won 1
Streak Won 4
11-7-4
< Road Record / Home Record >
17-3-5
6-3-1
Last 10 5-2-3
+21
Goals For / Against +/- +53
3.16 (5)
Goals Per Game 3.33 (3)
2.76 (14)
Goals Against Per Game 2.25 (3)
1.15 (5)
5 On 5 GF/GA 1.40 (2)
25.6 (1)
Power Play %
24.0 (3)
78.9 (24)
Penalty Kill %
84.9 (4)
32.2 (8)
Shots Per Game 32.4 (7)
28.6 (6)
 Shots Against Per Game 30.3 (17) 
62.1 (23)
Winning % When Scoring First 79.4 (6)
63.6 (26)
Winning % When Leading After 1 91.7 (4) 
80.0 (24)
Winning % When Leading After 2 89.3 (16) 
50.1 (19)
Faceoffs % 55.3 (1)
11.9 (11)
PIM's Per Game Average
15.3 (27) 
NHL.com

Update: h/t to missy, who's always on it: Kristen Reid reports on Twitter Aaron Rome says he's back in tonight. Looks like Lee Sweatt comes out. No other changes expected. Luongo starts against Marty Turco

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The gift that keeps on giving: Canucks-Blackhawks games. You love them. Yet many of you (including myself) cringe at the possible outcomes, unwilling to accept a loss to Chicago ever again after THAT WHICH WE WILL NOT SPEAK OF happened in the past 2 post seasons. The Hawks fans love it and never let us hear the end of it which makes it worse (see the links section).

This is the final meeting of the regular season between these foes. Make it count, Canucks! It feels like a playoff game to me. I want blood! I want retribution! I want someone to knock Kane into next week. I want Toews "Willie'd". He played well for Team Canada didn't he? He's a great Canadian kid, eh? Tough shit! I want his head on a platter!

The Blackhawks are playing their 2nd game of a 6-game road trip. They have to be successful on this trip because they are fighting for a playoff spot. They fell out of 8th Thursday night as the Wild beat the Avalanche and finally gained a playoff spot. It's a rat race to be sure, and the Hawks should be a force to be reckoned with Friday night. The Canucks meanwhile have a 7-point cushion over the 2nd place Red Wings in the West and a 2-point cushion over the Flyers for 1st in the NHL. They have an astounding 16 point lead on the Wild, who are now 2nd in the Northwest. These are good times!

-This is Ryan Johnson's first game against his former team. He is a -4 with no points in 8 games with the Hawks this season.

LINKS

-Get a load of this, Hawks fans: Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo was voted the toughest goalie to beat. Did the NHLPA miss Luongo against the Hawks last spring? And the spring before that? One time, the Hawks made him cry, the next time, he eventually resigned his captaincy. What do the Hawks have to do before people figure it out? Make Luongo exceed his daily ATM limit? (Steve Rosenbloom, Chicago Tribune) There's a special place in hell for you.

-Watch out for the Troy Brouwer guy. He's a real pain in the ass. (Chicago Sun-Times)

-What else is going on with the Hawks? Second City Hockey has that covered.


PROJECTED STARTING GOALIES


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Roberto Luongo 39 2329 24 8 86 2.22 1157 1071 .926 3



GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Marty Turco 26 1433 11 10 73 3.06 708 635 .897 1

Not much love for Turco in Chi-Town these days.


WHO'S HOT / COLD

 

CANUCKS

HOT

-Daniel Sedin: 9 assists in his last 7 games. No goals though. Huh.

-Ryan Kesler: 7 goals and 2 assists in his last 7.

-Alexandre Burrows: 4 goals and 2 assists in his last 5.

-Mikael Samuelsson: 2 goals and 4 assists in his last 4.

COLD

-Manny Malhotra: 0 points in his last 16 games.

-Raffi Torres: 1 assist in his last 10.

 

BLACKHAWKS

HOT

-Troy Brouwer: 3 goals and 2 assists in his last 5 games.

-Marian Hossa: 2 goals and 3 assists in his last 3.

-Patrick (Dips mouthguard in anus) Kane: 1 goal and 4 assists in his last 5. Lukewarm I suppose.

-Jonathan Toews: 2 goals and 5 assists in his last 5.

COLD

-Hopefully Marty Turco!

 

NOTABLE INJURIES

CANUCKS

-D Alex Edler: back

-F Alex Bolduc: separated shoulder

-D Andrew Alberts: shoulder

-D Sami Salo: achilles tendon

BLACKHAWKS

-D Kim Johnsson: concussion. Hasn't played all year anyway. Hawks are healthy.

 

VIDEO

The last meeting was a thing of beauty:

Because it never gets old:

Because I can:

Because I can 2:

AH, MEMORIES..

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YES PLEASE!

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GO CANUCKS!

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