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Game Preview: Canucks At Blackhawks: Eye Of The Beholder

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They've slayed the dragon!
They've slayed the dragon!

Time 5:00 PM PST
TV Sportsnet
Season Series 1-0 Canucks
Last Meeting
4-1 Canucks Nov.23/14
The Enemy Second City Hockey Scoring Leaders D. Sedin: 11-33-44
Kane: 26-33-59

Canucks
CATEGORY
Blackhawks
29-20-3 SEASON RECORD 33-18-3
61 Points 69
8th Conference Position 4th
Lost 1
Streak Lost 1
5-5-0 Last 10 Games
5-4-1
2.71 (15)
Goals For Per 60 (GF60)
2.91 (8)
2.60 (15)
Goals Against Per 60 (GA60)
2.26 (2)
0.95 (23) 5 on 5
1.24 (4)
18.2 (16) Power Play %
18.3 (15)
85.6 (4) Penalty Kill %
87.5 (1)
48.1 (24) Faceoff Winning %
52.0 (6)
11.2 (24) Penalty Minutes / GP
7.6 (2)

I think my first impression after inputting those stats above is that the Blackhawks are the #1 penalty killing team in the NHL. The Canucks are 4th. Chicago does not take a lot of penalties either (they probably don't fight a lot.) Will this turn into a 5 on 5 battle? And if so, won't the Canucks suck at it? The answer is kinda simple. We don't know what Canucks team is gonna show up on a given night. If they are on, and are passing the puck quickly and fluently without the defensive gaffs, they can beat the Hawks. They already did it once this season:

A hatty for Hansen? How classic is that?

That was Chicago's 3rd game in 4 nights and the Canucks' 1st game in 3 nights. Remind you of something? Right, the 5-0 killing of the Penguins last weekend. This will again be Chicago's 3rd game in 4 nights, so you know what's gonna happen? We're gonna win. Or are we?

Apparently this guy is starting against the Hawks:

All the ladies are swooning now! Atta boy, Eddie! Lack is 4-6-2 on the season. I'm not even going to mention his goalie stats because they are team stats. The 4-6-2 record are games that Eddie started and finished. In those 12 games the Canucks have scored 24 goals and allowed 35, AS A TEAM. So, the POV that the Canucks don't provide Eddie with a lot of scoring when he plays does hold water.

TRENDS

  • Canucks are 6-1 in their last 7 Wednesday games.
  • Canucks are 8-2 in their last 10 after allowing 5 goals or more in their previous game.
  • Canucks are 6-21 in their last 27 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
  • Canucks are 1-4 in their last 5 vs. Central.
  • Canucks are 1-5 in their last 6 vs. a team with a winning record.
  • Canucks are 1-7 in their last 8 vs. Western Conference.
  • Blackhawks are 16-5 in their last 21 games playing on 1 days rest.
  • Blackhawks are 38-16 in their last 54 in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 situation.

Thank you Covers.com!

I've got one: The Hawks are 3-1-1 in their last 5 Wednesday games.

Here's another one: just under a quarter of the Sedins' production this season have come against the Flames and Oilers. The Canucks have won 9 and lost 13 when Daniel does not register a point.

INJURY UPDATES

Canucks will be without Richardson, Bieksa, Corrado. Bonino (foot) might be ready to go. The Hawks may be getting Versteeg back into their lineup....but who cares about that bum.

PROJECTED LINES

From DailyFaceoff.com:

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Speaking of Shitbags...I care very little about any Canucks-Hawks rivalry because there isn't much of one left. Yes, playoff series make rivalries, but that was so 2011:

OK, so it still feels so god damned good every time I watch it, haha. At least it erased all the shortcomings against the dick from Chicago from the previous years. But there is no rivalry left between these 2 teams. Only a bunch of ballet. That's just me though. Rivalry is in the eye of he beholder.

And speaking of that:

GO CANUCKS GO!