Chicago Blackhawks vs. Vancouver Canucks: Game notes, prediction & tweets!

Revenge is sweet

And here it is Canucks fans. Get ready to hate the Hawks again…

Matchup: Vancouver Canucks (3 – 2 – 2) v Chicago Blackhawks (6 – 0 – 1)
Venue: Rogers Arena
Time: 7:00 pm
TV/Radio: Sportsnet, Team 1040

Here’s what I said a while back on NWSB.

February 1 v Chicago Blackhawks / February 19 @ Chicago Blackhawks

The Los Angeles Kings might owe Duncan Keith a cup ring. His vicious elbow to Daniel Sedin sent the Canucks into disarray that ultimately led to their futile first round. So again, revenge. This might resemble the Boston game.

As an added bonus, the teams meet again in Chicago two and a half weeks later, with the game on the first surely still fresh in their minds.

When the Canucks schedule was released last month, this was the game everyone circled. Duncan Keith and the Chicago Blackhawks were back in town.

Giddy up.

The Canucks are saying all the right things, they just want the two points, but they said before the Boston game last year and it turned into a line brawl in the first period.

Duncan Keith’s elbow on Daniel Sedin was the death of the 2011 – 2012 Vancouver Canucks.

if Zack Kassian introduces himself to Duncan Keith it could be a really fun night

if Zack Kassian introduces himself to Duncan Keith it could be a really fun night

So yeah this should be a fun game.

What to Watch: Chicago

The Hawks are really good this year, who lost their first game of the year in a shootout to the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday night. This will be the second game of a six game road trip for the Hawks while Disney on Ice takes over the United Centre.

Don’t think that Chicago isn’t fired up for this one as well, because this article probably has the best nutgraph I’ve ever read.

The quad force of Patrick Sharp, Marian Hossa, Patrick Kane, and Jonathan Toews has 32 points already this season.

The Hawks are basically off to a perfect start, which means tonight should be really fun.

Line – up

  • Brandon Saad – Jonathan Toews – Marian Hossa
  • Patrick Sharp – Dave Bolland – Patrick Kane
  • Bryan Bickell – Andrew Shaw – Viktor Stalberg
  • Jamal Mayers – Marcus Kruger – Michael Frolik
  • Duncan f’n Keith – Brent Seabrook
  • Sheldon Brookbank – Nick Leddy
  • Johnny Oduya – Niklas Hjalmarsson
  • Corey Crawford

What to Watch: Vancouver

The Canucks are coming off a dominating shutout performance, that’s good. Except when that happened on Friday, they followed it up with the efforts against the Sharks and Kings. That’s bad.

The trick here is consistency. and Roberto Luongo.

I’m not entirely sure what Luongo’s official title is at this point, but he’ll get his third straight start against the team that haunts him the most. Sports!

The Canucks will also unveil a new third jersey tonight that includes a Vancouver Millionaires patch.

And if Zack Kassian introduces himself to Duncan Keith it could be a really fun night.

Line – up

Injury Notes

Ryan Kesler and David Booth remain out for the Canucks. Is it hyperbole to say the Canucks’ season hinges on how quickly Kesler can return? Should we put that pressure on him after he rushed back last year and was pretty useless?


For the Hawks, Michael Rozsival will miss the action with a lower body injury.


3 – 2 Canucks win. Playoff atmosphere abounds. Zack Kassian fights a dude, hopefully Keith.

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