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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


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%


Since: May 1, 2009
Posted on: April 30, 2010 8:39 pm

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

Well... So many well presented arguments....  I mean ... that guy that knew just about all of the Blackhawks names really had a point.  :)
Let's remember one important point from last years series.  The Hawks were two minutes away from going down three games to one in that series and it was the Canucks that choked .... more than it was the Bhawks that won.  The Canucks will have a motivation factor to right what happened last year that the Hawks will not.  I don't know how the Hawks can have the number one line in hockey when the NHL's leading scorer plays for the Canucks.  The Sedins play on the top line in hockey with whomever is put with them.  They alone will be the biggest difference in this series.  The defense for both teams are excellent and pretty much cancel each other out.  The Canucks absolutely have the edge in goal.  As much as I'm not that big of a fan of Luongo (too much money for his services!) ... the reigning Olympic gold medal Champion has far more experience than Niemii (sp?).
The Canucks were the second highest scoring team in the NHL this season and they are going up against an inexperienced goaltender.  Throw in the revenge factor and it will be the Canucks in six games.

Since: Feb 4, 2008
Posted on: April 30, 2010 6:58 pm

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

If i remember correctly, nik khabibulin played exceptional in the series last year. Expect the canuck vets to get to the rook niemi early in the series

Since: Dec 17, 2006
Posted on: April 30, 2010 3:26 pm

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

How many Canucks have won the cup? That's right, ZERO
Mikael Samuelsson
won the cup with Detroit two years ago - Chicago wasn't the only team to subtract from the Redwings roster last summer. 

The Blackhawks have arguably the best top line in hockey, but Vancouver isn't far behind.  And with more depth I can see the Canucks taking the series...

Either way it should be a good one with the season series tied 2-2 and a slight goal advantage for Vancouver 11-10.  Here's hoping for game 7...

Since: Mar 7, 2008
Posted on: April 30, 2010 2:01 pm
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Since: Feb 1, 2010
Posted on: April 30, 2010 1:09 pm

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

Are you all serious?? Speaking as if you knew the future. Let's just let everything unfold the way it is intended.

I hope the Canucks prevail. I am a Leaf fan but always cheer for the Canadian team when the leafs are not in the playoffs (which is every year).

I would love to see the Canucks take the Blackhawks to seven games and take it into overtime.

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: April 30, 2010 11:59 am

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

You guys are all fired up over nothing Hawks in five! Yeah you read it right, HAWKS IN 5! Sedin Twins vs Ketih and Seabrook equals SHUTDOWN! Hossa Toews Bickell - Sharp Bolland Kane - Byfuglien Madden Brouwer - Versteeg Eager  Ladd! Now thats 4 lines of Domination Christian Ehroff ain't no first line D-man. Kesler will show up to play but it won't be enough. HAWKS IN 5! WOOOOOOO!

Since: Dec 9, 2006
Posted on: April 29, 2010 5:58 pm

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

illini, this is what im talkinga bout man! educated hockey discussion..i love it.
i actually took the redskins thing different than you, but i can see it your way man.
i couldn't agree more with eveyrthing you said. i actually am a wings fan but think the hawks are the best team in the west and should represent the conference in the finals. they have speed, skill, and good defense (although lately it has at times been suspect, they should be ok).
as a wings fan, i can only tell you how pumped i was to get hossa. the guy is a beast and plays both ends of the ice. i was sad to see him go, especially to you guys. he is light years better than havlat both offensively, and of course defensively. i think you guys have a deeper team than last year and more balanced scoring which helps in teh playoffs. aren't so reliant on the top 4 guys to do the damage, which can be tough when they are playign against typically the top 4 defenseman each game/shift. just ask the sharks and their "top line".
pahlsson blows and as a hawks fan, i can see why you are glad he is gone. madden provides more grit, and in my opinion, doesn't disappear when the light is its brightest.
vancouver looked lost in the previous series and definitely should be beat. luongo is overrated (in my opinion) and gives up too many softies to be considered one of the best in teh world. my only concern for you guys would be your defense. that was your calling card all season to be a puck possession team and not give up shots. it seemed like nashville (which, matchup wise, was not great for you guys) really got more shots than they should have. i was surprised as it seemed like in that series, chicago didn't play its regular aggressive puck control style but rather the dump and chase game...they took way too many penalties and that could come back to bite you with a better team like the canucks.
all in all, this should be a great series and i am actually looking forward to it. whoever comes out of the west should win the cup.
go wings!

Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: April 29, 2010 5:31 pm

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

Josh, I don't believe that was Redskins' point at all, therefore I don't believe it is a fact, but to your point, here are some of my reasons for liking the Hawks in this series (besides my obvious bias).  I believe he was rehashing the stale old argument that Hossa is the reason those teams don't have a cup.  Hossa is simply one of the top 2 way forwards in Hockey.  He has been backchecking like a fiend and is an immense improvement over Havlat for the Hawks. 

I know that everyone is pointing to how much better the Canucks are from last year, and that is true.  Samuelsson is one of the top FA signings for any team this year and makes the Sedins that much more dangerous, but I think people are overlooking the improvements in the Blackhawks.  Havlat played well last year for the Hawks (he was in a contract year, so of course he did), but he is not even close to being the type of player that Hossa is.  Hossa is a far more formidable defensive player, is devastating on the PK while not giving anything up on offense to Havlat.  Madden is a HUGE improvement over Pahlsson, both defensively and in the leadership he brings.  While everyone points to Niemi as a weak link, Khabibulin was absolutely brutal last year in the last month of the season and the playoffs when he amassed an .898 save percentage and 2.93 GAA, even while having 3 games in which he gave up one goal.  Niemi has performed much better this year (both regular season and playoffs) than Khabi did last year, but the real test for the Hawks is in the defense keeping the puck away from the Canucks.  This is how they won last year and is the basic formula again this year (Khabi faced more than 21 shots only twice against Vancouver - giving up 4 and 5 goals in those games).

Since: Dec 9, 2006
Posted on: April 29, 2010 4:49 pm

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

who cares mikey? we weren't talking about the canucks. we were talking about hossa.
as for hawkeytalk, i agree there were other guys on that team. my comment was directed at illini, who was directing his comment at redskins. originally redskins said, if you put your hockey success in hossa's hands, you have not been watching hockey (implying it was not a good idea).
illini replied that he played well in those series on and against pittsburgh. i agreed, but said regardless of his play, he still didn't have a ring...basically restating the original point redskins made..which is a fact.
also, i am not a canucks fan. i could care less what they or the hawks do in this series. but to jump all over me for making a point, which is a fact, is idiotic and you are not understanding the point of mine or redskins comment.

Since: Oct 21, 2007
Posted on: April 29, 2010 2:57 pm

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

How many of the current Canucks have their name on the Cup? I love the stone throwing by folks that have nothing to talk about themselves. The guy was just making a comment about what Hossa has brought to the Hawks.

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