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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 29, 2010
Posted on: April 29, 2010 2:43 pm
 

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

hey braincramp, Hossa wasn't the only guy on those teams that lost in the Finals. At least they made it to the Finals, which is better than 28 other teams. How many Canucks have won the cup? That's right, ZERO!, and that ain't changin' this year my friend. Hawks in 6... again!



Since: Dec 9, 2006
Posted on: April 29, 2010 1:26 pm
 

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

great points illini, but does his name appear on the cup either of those 2 years or all those years with the senators?



Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: April 29, 2010 10:28 am
 

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

And by "not paid attention to hockey the last couple of years", what you really mean is obviously you didn't just look at his stats against Pittsburgh in the Stanley Cup Finals where he played with a shoulder injury that required major surgery after the season.  You couldn't have been referring to the playoffs 2 years ago where he was the 3rd leading scorer in the playoffs and top goal scorer for the Penguins.



Since: Apr 18, 2009
Posted on: April 29, 2010 9:46 am
 

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

Not sure how you came to that conclusion.  Canucks scored more goals than the Crocks, they split the season series but outscored the Crocks, and the Crocks only scored more than two goals once against the Canucks.  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.



Since: Jul 6, 2009
Posted on: April 29, 2010 9:00 am
 

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

 luongo wont matter with the addition of hossa and brian campbell healthy the hawks will do just fine. hawks in 5


TimAlvine
Since: Apr 5, 2010
Posted on: April 28, 2010 10:20 pm
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