Blackhawks At Canucks Game 2 Preview: You Want It All But You Can't Have It

CAWKS
CANUCKS

AT

Time Fri. 7:00 PM PST
TV CBC, RDS
 Series 1-0 Canucks
Last Meeting
2-0 Canucks
The Enemy Second City Hockey Scoring Leaders 5 Players Tied:1 point Toews & All His Bros: 0 points
Hawks
Category   Canucks
Lost 1
Streak Won 1
0-1
< Road Record / Home Record >
1-0
-2
Goals For / Against +/- +2
0
Goals Per Game 2.0 (5)
2.0 (12)
Goals Against Per Game 0
0
5 On 5 GF/GA 0
0
Power Play %
0
100
Penalty Kill %
100
32.0 (5)
Shots Per Game 33.0 (3)
33
 Shots Against Per Game 32
0
Winning % When Scoring First 100
0
Winning % When Leading After 1 100
0
Winning % When Trailing After 1 0
0
Winning % When Leading After 2 100
21 (10)
Hits 47 (1)
18 (5)
Blocked Shots
11 (9)
51.7 (5)
Faceoffs % 48.3 (6)
6.0 (10)
PIM's Per Game Average
8.0 (11) 
NHL.com

The stats above are obviously strange-looking so be patient as the playoffs go along to get the increased sample size. Or in most of the Hawks' case, increased testicle size. Chicago got beaten down in game 1 but I expect a push back in Game 2. I saw frustration on their bench, especially from Captain Toews, shaking his head in disbelief or disgust or both. The Hawks' lack of depth was apparent. The skill is there, but is the tenacity and gel beyond line 1? We'll soon find out. The Canucks

need the same start to the game as Game 1. What a treat that was to watch. Crashing, banging, scoring, dominating. It's a tall order to repeat that but it is possible. Don't even let these f*ckers breathe. And there are still other demons to exorcise beyond the obvious one: Eliminating Chicago. The Canucks have won the first game in all 3 series against the Hawks.

Roberto Luongo looks like a man possessed to stab the demons in the heart. He has FU Chicago in his eyes and in his play. Confidence oozing.  Let's see how long he can keep this little shutout streak going. The longer he does this the more frustrated Chicago will get.

The Sedins need to get on the scoresheet soon, and that would really be appreciated on the power play where they went 0-for-2 in Game 1. Chicago was 0-for-3.  Wow, how long will the refs keep their whistles in their pockets? I thought they let a lot go AND the players played between the lines. I prefer this over a penaltyfest.

Looking for the Raymond-Hodgson-Hansen line to click even more. Liked what I saw in game 1 and it looks like AV made the right call there. Hodgson isn't getting any PP or PK time so it will have to be 5 on 5. Maybe we should call the Oreskovich-Lapierre-Glass line the Mafia Line. They are murdering everybody.

LINKS

  • Some images of crazy Canucks fans from Wednesday (The Province)
  • Canucks get monkey off their backs (Gallagher, The Province). Well that was a bit of a monkey, but there are more to come.
  • Tomas Kopecky has an upper body injury and may miss Game 2 (Vancouver Sun)
  • For everything Hawks, check out Abe Froman's Hot Links over at Second City Hockey.
  • Crowded Crease Greets Crawford (Chicago Tribune). You may want to read that and laugh. Payback is a bitch.

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 Kane

Bryan Bickell-Jake Dowell-Troy Brouwer

Viktor Stalberg-Balls-Tomas Kopecky(?) Fernando Pisani (?)

 

STARTING GOALTENDERS


Roberto Luongo

#1 / Goalie / Vancouver Canucks

6-3

217

Apr 04, 1979

Profile: Ass-kicker, destroyer of dreams, Hawk-hater



GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Roberto Luongo 1 60 1 0 0 0.00 32 32 1.00 1


Corey Crawford

#50 / Goalie / Chicago Blackhawks

6-2

200

Dec 31, 1984

Profile: Playoff virgin, virgin, goalie pad cheater, fear of Orcas



GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Corey Crawford 1 58 0 1 2 2.07 33 31 .939 0


WHO IS HOT / COLD

CANUCKS

HOT

-Daniel Sedin: 4 assists in his last 3 games

-Ryan Kesler: 4 goals and 1 assist in his last 3

COLD

-Maxim Lapierre: 1 goal in his last 26.

-Sami Salo: 1 assist in his last 14 games

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

BLACKHAWKS

HOT

-Marian Hossa: 2 goals and 2 assists in his last 4 games.

-Brent Seabrook: 2 goals and 3 assists in his last 5.

COLD

-Bryan Bickell: 1 goal in his last 15 games

-Jake Dowell: 1 assist in his last 16

-Tomas Kopecky: 1 goal in his last 10.

-Viktor Stalberg: 1 assist in his last 9.

-Johnathan Toews: 1 goal in his last 8. It's still 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 healthy scratch

BLACKHAWKS

-D Jordan Hendry: left knee surgery

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

-F Tomas Kopecky: upper body, (may not play in game 2)

 

VIDEO

A compilation of all the shots off the post in game 1:

I can watch Jannik Hansen's goal all day:

Complete Highlights From Game 1:

Faith No more: Epic

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