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Garage Days Revisited: Canucks-Blackhawks Game Preview

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Time 6:30 PM PST
TV CBC, Versus, RDS
The Enemy Second City Hockey Scoring Leaders Samuelsson: 8-4-12 Toews: 2-8-10
Category Canucks
2.75 (10)
Goals Per Game 4.0 (1)
2.75 (5)
 Goals Against Per Game 2.88 (9)
0.87 (10)
5 On 5 GF/GA 2.44 (1)
16.1 (11)
Power Play %
23.5 (5)
91.9 (2)
Penalty Kill %
67.6 (16)
31.4 (8)
Shots Per Game 30.1 (9)
27.5 (4)
 Shots Against Per Game 29.6 (6)
75.0 (2)
Winning % When Scoring First 40.0 (7)
100 (1)
Winning % When Leading After 1 50.0 (4)
 50.0 (5)
Winning % When Trailing After 1 100 (1)
80.0 (2)
Winning % When Leading After 2 66.7 (3)
33.3 (3)
Winning % When Trailing After 2 66.7 (1)
51.8 (6)
Faceoffs % 54.2 (3)
10.6 (4)
 PIM's Per Game 12.4 (10)
-2 (9)
+ / - GF/GA (see here)
+12 (1)

Update (5:00 PST): What did I just hear on TSN? Dustin Byfuglien promoted to the top line?

Update (4:00 PST): An grey whale spotted in False Creek today. A good luck omen? (heheh) h/t to Miss 604.

Update (3:40 PST): Canucks recalled Yan Stastny from Manitoba today. He may as well hang out with the boys.

Update (11:50 PM): Shane O'Brien says team needs to be less passive in Game 3 (Vancouver Sun), plus, don't ask Ryan Kesler how the Canucks will remedy their power play because he won't tell you shit (Vancouver Sun), but he will give a comedic response.

Update (11:30 PST): Ah yes, and Vancouver media is jumping all over Patrick Kane for his incident with a cabbie last summer.

Blackhawks' Patrick Kane (a.k.a. 20 Cent)  is in town and we want to ensure that our cabbies are safe, so tip your cabbie in dimes to help them avoid a beating.

More on that at Puck Daddy.

Update (11:20 PST): It appears that Ryan Johnson and Darcy Hordichuk will play tonight while Michael Grabner and Jannik Hansen sit. That is not official yet.

It was a rotten case of deja-vu in Game 2. That looked like the Vancouver Canucks of the mid-late 1990's, or even the squads from the early 2000's. Blowing a 2 goal lead in that choking kind of fashion, flopping around like a bunch of beached orcas. If they had just maintained a little more composure they could very well have pulled off a 2-1 squeaker and this sort of jibberish wouldn't be necessary.

Sitting on 2-goal leads doesn't work anymore. Not in these playoffs. I should do a count on how many times a team has blown a 2 or even 3-goal lead in these playoffs. Madness. Hell, Detroit did it last night to put themselves down 3-0 against the Sharks. Best thing to do now is stay on the attack. No taking the foot off the gas. The Canucks need to play like the mad men that they were in Game 1 on enemy turf. This sitting back and letting Chicago attack in game 2 only caused heart palpitations for them and their fans.

Meanwhile, Roberto Luongo is stellar. That part is all taken care of. So the rest of the boys should just go out and play their game.

-Christian Ehrhoff was a -3 in game 2. The Sedins and Kyle Wellwood were each -2.

-Brent Seabrook was a +4, while Kris Versteeg and Duncan Keith were each a +3.

-Only 1 goal for Ryan Kesler in these playoffs, but he does have 8 assists for 9 points in 8 playoff games.

-Pavol Demitra has 2 goals and 4 assists in 8 playoff games. You know, that is about his average points-per-game pace over his career. We are not going to get much more out of him than that offensively.

-One goal and no assists in 8 playoff games makes Alexandre Burrows a sad sad man. Yeah he's defensively sound and yadda yadda but we need some offence from him. He is on a top 6 scoring line after all.

-Mason Raymond has 2 goals and 1 assist against the Hawks so far. Keep it up Mason!

-Marian Hossa has zero points and 6 shots against the Canucks this series. This won't last forever. He had 7 points against the Preds.

-Unfortunately, 4 active Blackhawks were spawned in British Columbia: Brent Seabrook, Troy Brouwer, Andrew Ladd and Colin Fraser. I wonder how much of their friends and family will be at these games cheering them on.