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Preview: No. 2 Chicago vs. No. 3 Vancouver

Posted on: April 28, 2010 8:16 pm
Edited on: April 28, 2010 9:52 pm
 

No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks vs. No. 3 Vancouver Canucks

Wes Goldstein's Take

The Blackhawks will win if: They are willing to pay the price by doing the little things like blocking shots, finishing checks winning battles along the boards and in corners. The grit factor wasn't always there against Nashville, and that should be a concern for a team that is very good and knows it. Complacency endangered Chicago against Nashville, with the Blackhawks ultimately winning out because their talent was superior. In reality, though, they survived the Predators more than beating them, and chances are they won't get away with that again, especially if goaltender Antti Niemi isn't steadier throughout.

The Canucks will win if: Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin do what they did against Los Angeles, which is put up a lot of points, and Mikael Samuelsson keeps scoring the way he did. That won't be easy against a more talented team, though, so Vancouver will need its secondary scorers to contribute a lot more than they did against the Kings. The penalty kill will have to be a lot better than it was against Los Angeles, which connected on nine of its first 16 chances. Roberto Luongo will have to be on his game from the outset because Chicago is a tougher team to rebound against.

 

How They Got Here

Chicago: Defeated the Nashville Predators, 4-2, in the Western Conference Quarterfinals ... Finished the regular season with a 52-22-8 record for 112 points (1st, Central Division)

Vancouver: Defeated the Los Angeles Kings, 4-2, in the Western Conference Quarterfinals ... Finished the regular season with a 49-28-5 record for 103 points (1st, Northwest Division)

Complete Schedule & Bracket

 

Schedule
Date Location Time
May 1 at Chicago 8 p.m.
May 3 at Chicago 9 p.m.
May 5 at Vancouver 9:30 p.m.
May 7 at Vancouver 9:30 p.m.
May 9 at Chicago * 8 p.m.
May 11 at Vancouver * 9:30 p.m.
May 13 at Chicago * 8 p.m.
* if necessary

 

Season Series
Series tied, 2-2
Date Result
Oct. 21 Vancouver 3, Chicago 2 Recap
Nov. 22 Chicago 1, Vancouver 0 Recap
Jan. 23 Vancouver 5, Chicago 1 Recap
Mar. 5 Chicago 6, Vancouver 3 Recap

 

Stats Comparison (through Round 1)
Statistic CHI VAN
Goals For (Avg.) 2.83 4.17
Goals Against (Avg.) 2.50 3.00
Power Play 17.4% 25.0%
Penalty Kill 96.3% 61.5%

Comments

Since: Apr 18, 2009
Posted on: May 2, 2010 6:17 pm
 

Preview: No. 2 Chicago vs. No. 3 Vancouver

I was in Vegas but am back now.  That was frickin awesome.  Last year, I felt that we were always a step behind and even lucky to win game 1 and 3 but were outplayed.  Last night, we controlled from the start and Chicago looked slow.  How many points did Hossa get?  Crocks in what, 4, must be 5 now.  We will see, but I am much more encouraged this year than last.  Notice I am not dumb enough to predict a Vancouver win in the series, unlike some of the Chicago fans.  And yes I am calling you dumb if you put down Crocks in 4 or 5.  You would think that a city with that many sports teams that these fans (who said Vancouver did not stand a chance) would know something about sports.  Cocky, arrogant a$$es.  You may win but it will not be easy.



Since: May 1, 2009
Posted on: May 1, 2010 10:38 pm
 

Preview: No. 2 Chicago vs. No. 3 Vancouver

Well.... At least you've got the Cubbies to watch after next Friday  :)



Since: May 1, 2009
Posted on: May 1, 2010 9:49 pm
 

Preview: No. 2 Chicago vs. No. 3 Vancouver

So I guess this is what it sounds like inside the United Centre right now :)



Since: May 1, 2009
Posted on: May 1, 2010 9:03 pm
 

Preview: No. 2 Chicago vs. No. 3 Vancouver

What would it explain?  
Would it explain that incredible void of silence as the first period ended?
With what I've read in some of the posts on here I think you should all smoke a fat one!  And then you'll realize that Chicago is going to experience, collectively as a team, the sophomore jinx.  They've been a crap team for a decade who has bettered themselves through some excellent drafting.  Yes, they've made some nice additions to the team as well.  But last year was their first year of making some noise in the playoffs.  They are just too young and not ready to make the next step.
I said Vancouver in 6 originally .... but it could be considerably shorter if Chicago doesn't wake up.  Canucks haven't even had a powerplay yet!




Since: Dec 15, 2009
Posted on: May 1, 2010 7:11 pm
 

Preview: No. 2 Chicago vs. No. 3 Vancouver

I'm going to smoke another joint now and get ready to enjoy tomorrow's game :)
This would explain alot, Hossas one hand shove to Danielle Hamhuis was over exaggerated, if you want to see a real boarding call check out Keslers hit on Derek Morris, that was cheap! 



Since: Apr 26, 2009
Posted on: May 1, 2010 5:07 pm
 

Preview: No. 2 Chicago vs. No. 3 Vancouver

some people are. stupid. Even though i think the Hawks will win, Marian Hossa is garbage in the playoffs



Since: May 1, 2009
Posted on: May 1, 2010 2:58 pm
 

Preview: No. 2 Chicago vs. No. 3 Vancouver

No.... I smoked about six!  :)  And I still had more constructive points to make than you did.



Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: May 1, 2010 11:52 am
 

Preview: No. 2 Chicago vs. No. 3 Vancouver

And if you are putting your playoff success in the hands of Hossa you obviously have not payed attention to hockey the last couple of years

Mint, i like it.



Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: May 1, 2010 10:29 am
 

Preview: No. 2 Chicago vs. No. 3 Vancouver

Apparently, you've already smoked one. 



Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: May 1, 2010 10:19 am
 

Preview: No. 2 Chicago vs. No. 3 Vancouver

They had to play dump and chase Josh because Vancouver played a neutral zone trap D. That is how you beat a neutral zone trap - dump and chase...


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