Blackhawks At Canucks Game 7 Preview: You Do It To Yourself, You Do. And That's What Really Hurts

CAWKS
CANUCKS

AT

Time Tues. 7:00 PM PST
TV CBC, Versus, RDS
 Series 3 - 3
Last Meeting
4-3 Hawks
The Enemy Second City Hockey Scoring Leaders D. Sedin: 5-2-7 D. Keith: 4-2-6
Hawks
Category Canucks
Won 3
Streak Lost 3
1-2
< Road Record / Home Record >
2-1
+9
Goals For / Against +/- -9
3.50 (3)
Goals Per Game 2.33 (15)
2.33 (2)
Goals Against Per Game 3.50 (14)
1.56 (4)
5 On 5 GF/GA 0.64 (13)
22.2 (6)
Power Play %
25.0 (5)
75.0 (12)
Penalty Kill %
77.8 (9)
30.7 (9)
Shots Per Game 30.0 (11)
30.0 (6)
 Shots Against Per Game 30.7 (7)
66.7
Winning % When Scoring First 66.7
50
Winning % When Leading After 1 66.7
33.3
Winning % When Trailing After 1 50
100
Winning % When Leading After 2 100
190 (3)
Hits 240 (1)
99 (5)
Blocked Shots
58 (15)
52.7 (5)
Faceoffs % 47.3 (12)
12.0 (6)
PIM's Per Game Average
20.7 (16)
NHL.com

UPDATE: Cody Hodgson and Sami Salo out, Tanner Glass and Keith Ballard IN. Geez, I thought CoHo was good at 3rd line center but you knew AV wasn't overly impressed with the kid given that he only allowed the kid to play about 7.5 minutes last game.

It all boils down to this. A completely insane series is finally going to come to an end. Thank god. I should be enjoying this great hockey series but I'm not. If it didn't involve a huge meltdown and a lack of the Canucks to close the series over the past 3 games it would be a different story. Pesky Hawks. Damned pesky Hawks. Damned Canucks in Games 4 and 5! Damn it! However...

I am encouraged the Canucks can win because of their efforts in Game 6. Many are writing them off. Not me. Are we going to see much of the same effort from the boys in Game 7? Gotta score first in Game 7 on your home ice. Get the crowd going. If Chicago scores first I sense a lot of tension happening at The Rog. Not cool. Attaining a 2-goal lead wouldn't hurt if the effort is there. They could not do that in Game 6. Enough with the goal posts already! Bury the golden chances.

The Hawks will be without an effective pain-in-the-ass player in Bryan Bickell, out with a lacerated the tendon. He's one of the guys making life hell for the Sedins and the guy who smacked Kevin Bieksa. That is a big loss for Chicago. The Canucks will be without Sami Salo who is out with an undisclosed injury. The Canucks are not talking about it. Safe to say the Keith Ballard will draw back in. I still don't get why he's been benched. Oh to be a fly on the wall of an AV/Gillis meeting.

Enjoy the game, folks. This is it! A summer of hell or..... ON TO ROUND 2! May it be the latter.

LINKS

-Bryan Bickell has a lacerated tendon in his hand and will miss a lot of time. (Hawks.com)

-Canucks remain confident (Canucks.com)

-UGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH?

-Gillis is pissed at the officiating. (Canucks.com video) You know, Mike, your players can cut down on stupid penalties too. That's my balanced view. But if this rant does have any positive effect on the officiating for Vancouver then it's worth it. Van's PP efficiency is a solid 25%. For those who think the GM doesn't affect coaching decisions, watch the clip.

-POLL: Who should start in goal for the Canucks in Game 7? (Vancouver Sun) IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT YOU THINK! LOU IS STARTING, JABRONIE!

-How much Chicago media has changed their tune in this series, naturally. (Vancouver Sun)

-Bob McKenzie praises Corey Crawford's Game 6 performance and rightfully so. (TSN)

PROJECTED FORWARDS DRESSED

CANUCKS

Daniel Sedin-Henrik Sedin-Mikael Samuelsson

Mason Raymond-Ryan Kesler-Alexandre Burrows

Chris Higgins-Cody Hodgson-Jannik Hansen

Victor Oreskovich-Maxim Lapierre-Raffi Torres

BLACKHAWKS

Patrick Sharp-Captain Sulk-Mary Hossa

Michael Buttlick-Dirty Dave Bolland-Patrick Lame

Troy Flower Brouwer-Bryan Dickell-Ben Smith Does Kopecky draw back in, wonders Second City Hockey? He's almost ready to play.

Viktor Stalberg-Ryan CORSI Johnson Marcus Kruger

STARTING GOALTENDERS


Roberto Luongo

#1 / Goalie / Vancouver Canucks

6-3

217

Apr 04, 1979

Profile: Ass-kicker, Hawk-hater, Vilified Brother



GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Roberto Luongo 6 278 3 3 17 3.45 143 127 .888 1


Corey Crawford

#50 / Goalie / Chicago Blackhawks

6-2

200

Dec 31, 1984

Profile: Playoff virgin, Heating Up, Needs more work.



GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Corey Crawford 6 294 3 3 14 2.27 180 166 .922 1


WHO IS HOT / COLD

CANUCKS

HOT

-Daniel Sedin:  2 goals and 2 assists in his last 4.

-Henrik Sedin: 5 assists in his last 5 games.

-Alexandre Burrows: 1 goal and 1 assist in Game 6. Is this the monkey off his back?

COLD

-Alex Burrows: 1 goal and 1 assist in his last 8. Get your shit together, Burr. You are better than this.

-Ryan Kesler: 1 assist in his last 4. Yeah, he's doing the brunt of the shutdown work in Malhotra's absence...so I give him a bit of slack.

-Maxim Lapierre: 1 goal in his last 30.

-Mason Raymond: 2 assists in his last 7. Need MOAR

-Tanner Glass: 0 points in his last 17 dating back to February 24. Benched in Game 6.

BLACKHAWKS

HOT

-Patrick Kane: 1 goal and 5 assists in his last 5.

-Bryan Bickell: 3 goals and 2 assists in his last 5. Out with surgery.

-Duncan Keith: 4 goals and 2 assists in his last 4 games. Kept off the scoresheet in Game 6.

-Patrick Sharp: 3 goals and 2 assists in his last 4 games.

-Marianne Hossa: 1 goal and 2 assists in his last 2.

COLD

-Marriane Hossa: 1 assist in this series. Keep it that way.

-Troy Brouwer: 0 points in this series.

-Viktor Stalberg: 1 goal and 1 assist in his last 13. Playing mostly 4th line minutes though.


INJURIES

CANUCKS

-F Manny Malhotra: eye, out for playoffs

-D Sami Salo: who the fuck knows

BLACKHAWKS

-D Jordan Hendry: left knee surgery

-F Tomas Kopecky: upper body, (doubtful for Game 7)

 

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CANUCKS IN RECENT SUCCESSFUL GAME 7's:

Vs Dallas:

Vs Blues

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