Blackhawks At Canucks Game 1 Preview: We Care A Lot

CAWKS
CANUCKS

AT

Time Wed. 7:00 PM PST
TV CBC
Season Series 2-1-1 Canucks
Last Meeting
4-3 Canucks (Feb.04/2011)
The Enemy Second City Hockey Scoring Leaders D. Sedin: 41-63-104 Toews: 32-44-76
Hawks
Category   Canucks
44-29-9 Season Record 54-19-9
8th
Conference Position 1st
Lost 1
Streak Won 2
20-12-9
< Road Record / Home Record >
27-9-5
5-4-1
Last 10 7-3-0
+33
Goals For / Against +/- +77
3.07 (4)
Goals Per Game 3.15 (1)
2.68 (12)
Goals Against Per Game 2.20 (1)
1.15 (7)
5 On 5 GF/GA 1.32 (2)
23.1 (4)
Power Play %
24.3 (1)
79.2 (25)
Penalty Kill %
85.6 (3)
32.2 (5)
Shots Per Game 32.0 (6)
28.7 (7)
 Shots Against Per Game 30.1 (12) 
68.1 (19)
Winning % When Scoring First 83.7 (1)
70.3 (24)
Winning % When Leading After 1 91.4 (2) 
33.3 (8)
Winning % When Trailing After 1 23.5 (18)
82.5 (24)
Winning % When Leading After 2 92.7 (6) 
1824 (15)
Hits 1791 (20) 
1144 (17)
Blocked Shots
1071 (25)
50.8 (12)
Faceoffs % 54.9 (1)
9.0 (3)
PIM's Per Game Average
11.5 (13) 
NHL.com

OK, so when doing up a game preview of this series I am reverting to regular season statistics. No, I don't put too much emphasis on them because I do believe that they don't mean so much once the playoffs begin. Sure, the regular season record got us home ice advantage throughout a possible playoff run, but anything can happen in the playoffs. A power play can go cold. A team can lose it's mind on the PK. Pick your stat. Anything can happen. A goalie can become "unconscious" and dominate the mind of scorers, etc etc. After game 1 I will post stats relevant to what is happening in the 2011 playoffs.

In the meantime, the Canucks really have to win this series. They need to establish dominance right away at home, where the Hawks have beat them in 5 of the last 6 playoff games. It is time to shed themselves of the Hawk demon. Chicago is not a shitty team. Not even if they squeaked into the playoffs. They aren't as deep as we are in any form BUT anything can happen in the playoffs. This is a time when heroes are born. May they come from our side and never theirs. Chicago will pummel the Sedin line at all costs. It is up to the Canucks' team to provide secondary and tertiary scoring and beyond. Samuelsson, struggling with a hip-flexor injury, knows it.

Personally, I find it a tad concerning that Alain Vigneault is still tinkering with the roster on the bottom 2 lines. Is it the end of the world? No. But let's hope for quick chemistry. I like the idea of a Hansen-Hodgson-Raymond line if that's what AV goes with. Speed kills!

I'm not going to say anymore about game 1 except to tell you that you really need to check out Yankee Canuck's series preview post if you haven't already. Know your enemy!

I have been waiting for this moment since May 11, 2010: The night Chicago eliminated us from the playoffs in game 6. There was a long summer and a long and eventful regular season standing in the way. The wait is over. Kick some Hawk ass.

FORWARD LINES

CANUCKS

Daniel Sedin-Henrik Sedin-Alex Burrows

Chris Higgins-Ryan Kesler-Mikael Samuelsson

Mason Raymond-Cody Hodgson-Jannik Hansen

Tanner Glass-Maxim Lapierre-Victor Oreskovich

BLACKHAWKS

Patrick Sharp-Jonathan Toews-Mary Hossa

Ben Smith-Michael Frolik-Patrick Knobgobbler

Bryan Bickell-Jake Dowell-Fernando Pissant

Viktor Stalberg-Balls-Tomas Kopecky

 

STARTING GOALTENDERS


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Roberto Luongo 60 3590 38 15 126 2.11 1753 1627 .928 4


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Corey Crawford 57 3337 33 18 128 2.30 1545 1417 .917 4


WHO IS HOT / COLD

CANUCKS

HOT

-Daniel Sedin: 4 assists in his last 2 games

-Ryan Kesler: 4 goals in his last 2

COLD

-Chris Higgins: 1 assist in his last 6

-Maxim Lapierre: 1 goal in his last 25. OK, these new acquisitions need to get it going

-Sami Salo: 1 assist in his last 13 games

-Jeff Tambellini: 0 points in his last 25. Go away.

BLACKHAWKS

HOT

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

-Patrick Kane: 1 goal and 3 assists in his last 4. Kill him now.

-Duncan Keith: 1 goal and 2 assists in his last 3

-Brent Seabrook: 2 goals and 3 assists in his last 4. Uh-oh.

-Patrick Sharp: 3 assists in his last 3.

COLD

-Bryan Bickell: 1 goal in his last 14 games

-Jake Dowell: 1 assist in his last 15

-Tomas Kopecky: 1 goal in his last 9.

-Viktor Stalberg: 1 assist in his last 8. M'eh. Watch out for this guy,

-Johnathan Toews: 1 goal in his last 7. It's just a matter of time.

-F*ck off, Pisani

INJURIES

CANUCKS

-F Manny Malhotra: eye, out for playoffs

-F Raffi Torres: out games 1 and 2, suspension

-D Andrew Alberts: broken wrist, day-to-day

BLACKHAWKS

-D Jordan Hendry: left knee surgery

-F David Bolland: concussion (Practiced Tuesday, still feeling effects=not good news for ChiTown)

-F Troy Brouwer: right shoulder (probable for game 1)

VIDEO

Pretty much how the rivalry started Part 1:

Part 2:

The Last Meeting:

The Last Playoff Meeting:

We Care A Lot

HEADS UP! I changed my mind (because I can): The Score Predicting Competition starts all over again in these playoffs. Good luck and CONGRATS TO SEMI_COLON for winning the regular season contest. You may now brag about how good you are because you deserve it!

If you are unfamiliar with the rules of the game:

-If you guess the correct score of the game you get 1 point.

-You get 2 points if you guess the correct score and winning team.

-You get 3 points if you guess the correct score, winning team and game winning goal scorer.

-You can still get a single point if you guess the wrong score, winning team but correct game-winning goal-scorer.

-You will not get a point if you only guess the correct winning team.

-Deadline for your prediction is prior to puck drop.

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