Canucks At Blackhawks Game 4 Preview: Surprise! You're Dead!

CANUCKS
CHICKENHAWKS

AT

Time Tues. 5:00 PM PST
TV CBC, RDS
 Series 3-0 Canucks
Last Meeting
3-2 Canucks
The Enemy Second City Hockey Scoring Leaders D. Sedin: 3-2-5 Ben Smith: 2-0-2
Canucks
Category   Hawks
Won 3
Streak Lost 3
1-0
< Road Record / Home Record >
0-1
+4
Goals For / Against +/- -4
3.0 (4)
Goals Per Game 1.67 (13)
1.67 (4)
Goals Against Per Game 3.0 (13)
2.33 (4)
5 On 5 GF/GA 0.43 (13)
33.3 (2)
Power Play %
16.7 (10)
83.3 (7)
Penalty Kill %
66.7 (13)
28.7 (10)
Shots Per Game 30.0 (8)
30.0 (9)
 Shots Against Per Game 28.7 (7)
100
Winning % When Scoring First 0
100
Winning % When Leading After 1 0
100
Winning % When Trailing After 1 0
100
Winning % When Leading After 2 0
130 (1)
Hits 99 (4)
30 (12)
Blocked Shots
37 (8)
45.8 (13)
Faceoffs % 54.2 (4)
8.7 (4)
PIM's Per Game Average
4.7 (1)
NHL.com

There is a good chance that Chicago could get both Bryan Bickell and Dave Bolland back for Game 4. The checker Bolland scored 15 goals and 37 points plus was a +11 in 61 games this season. He scored 2 points in the 4 games against the Canucks this season. He had the daunting task of shutting down the Sedins in last year's playoffs and this season. In 6 games against the Hawks last playoffs Daniel Sedin scored 1 goal and 4 points and Henrik scored 2 goals and 6 points. Bolland got under their skin then but it's a little late to do that now with the Hawks down 3-0.

    He will give Chicago some needed punch at center, perhaps on the scoresheet, on the PK....bah screw it. The Canucks need to finish off the Hawks in 4. Make them go away. Kill them in their own barn. How satisfying would that be? It's time to squash their season before key parts of their offense (all of them) wake up from their collective slumbers.

    Jonathan Toews was right about the Canucks in his interview today: The Canucks are a creative bunch but tend to open up too much defensively in the process, giving the Hawks some golden chances. Chances that Roberto Luongo is stopping mostly. Lou again is key for Game 4, but I'd like to see them tidy up on D.

    How about not tempting fate and taking so many penalties again, Vancouver? Jeez. They offered up 7 power play opportunities for Chicago in Game 3 while the Hawks only gave us 2. The Hawks went 2-7 and the Canucks 1-2. Thanks Lou. Thank you Christian Ehrhoff for the PP goal.  Everything is going right for the Canucks. Samuelsson returns from illness and bags the winner in Game 3.

    Key 3 is to stay physical. What a murderous series. I never knew the Canucks were so damned mean. They lead the NHL in hits in these playoffs as you can see in the chart above. Kind of shocking is the lack of blocked shots and the hugely decreased faceoff winning percentage from Vancouver that we saw in the regular season. Faceoffs can be overrated anyway. I've always said that. Especially when your goaltender is the second coming of Christ.

    LINKS

    -Hawks optimistic that both Bryan Bickell and Dave Bolland will play in Game 4. (Tribune)

    -The Hawks look to draw from history in order to come back from a 3-0 series deficit. I think they should draw the credit cards out of their wallets and hit the nicest nearby gold course while they are still in the Central Time Zone.

    -No I will not pass along any Raffi Torres links because I'm sick of the whole thing.

    PROJECTED FORWARD LINES

    CANUCKS

    Daniel Sedin-Henrik Sedin-Alex Burrows

    Chris Higgins-Ryan Kesler-Mikael Samuelsson

    Raffi Torres-Mason Raymond-Jannik Hansen

    Tanner Glass-Maxim Lapierre-Victor Oreskovich

    BLACKHAWKS

    Patrick Sharp-Jonathan Toews-Mary Hossa

    Ben Smith-Michael Frolik-Patrick Kane

    Viktor Stalberg-Dave Bolland-Bryan Bickell

    Troy Brouwer-Marcus Kruger- 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 3 180 3 0 5 1.67 90 85 .944 1


    Corey Crawford

    #50 / Goalie / Chicago Blackhawks

    6-2

    200

    Dec 31, 1984

    Profile: Playoff virgin, virgin,  fear of Orcas



    GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
    2010 - Corey Crawford 3 174:58 0 3 9 3.09 86 77 .895 0


    WHO IS HOT / COLD

    CANUCKS

    HOT

    -Daniel Sedin:  3 goals and 6 assists in his last 5 games

    -Henrik Sedin: 4 assists in his last 2 games.

    -Ryan Kesler: 4 goals and 2 assist in his last 5.

    -Jannik Hansen: 2 goals and 2 assists in his last 5. Impressive for Beaker.

    COLD

    -Alex Burrows: 1 goal and 1 assist in his last 6. 1 assist in this series. Get your shit together, Burr.

    -Maxim Lapierre: 1 goal in his last 28.

    -Sami Salo: 1 assist in his last 15 games

    -Mason Raymond: 0 points in his last 4. It's time, MayRay.

    -Tanner Glass: 0 points in his last 15 dating back to February 24.

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

    BLACKHAWKS

    HOT

    -Patrick Kane: 5 assists in his last 5 games.

    COLD

    -Marriane Hossa: 0 points in his last 3 games. Keep it that way.

    -Bryan Bickell: 1 goal and 1 assist in his last 16 games

    -Jake Dowell: 1 assist in his last 17

    -Chris Campoli: 1 assist in his last 7.

    -F*ck off, Pisani

    INJURIES

    CANUCKS

    -F Manny Malhotra: eye, out for playoffs

    BLACKHAWKS

    -D Jordan Hendry: left knee surgery

    -F David Bolland: concussion (probable for Game 4)

    -F Tomas Kopecky: upper body, (doubtful for Game 4)

    -F Bryan Bickell: wrist, (probable for Game 4)

     

    VIDEO

    Highlights from Game 3:

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