6:00 PM Central Time
Game televised on SNET-VAN (HD) and WGN
The Hawks and Canucks renew their rivalry with their first meeting this season. The teams split the 4-game regular season series in 2010-2011. After going down 0-3 to the Canucks in the first round of the 2011 playoffs, the Hawks rallied and took the series to OT of game 7, where Vancouver prevailed.
Meet the #1 goaltenders:
In 9 games played, Roberto Luongo is 4-4-1 with a 3.19 GAA and a .844 SV%.
In 10 games played, Corey Crawford is 6-2-2 with a 2.33 GAA and a .919 SV%.
Big story: The Central division-leading Blackhawks welcome the Canucks to United Center on Sunday to kick off a new chapter of the team’s heated rivalry – which has seen them meet in each of the last three postseasons. Vancouver is coming off a 3-2 road loss to the St. Louis Blues on Friday. Chicago, meanwhile, dropped an even more excruciating 5-4 overtime decision on the same night in Tampa Bay.
Canucks: Vancouver kicked off its stretch of six games away from home with a convincing win Tuesday night in Calgary, but things have not gotten any easier for the Canucks in their ensuing two games.
After scoring 12 goals in a two-game win streak over the Capitals and Flames, Vancouver’s offense has followed with only three goals in consecutive losses. While Vancouver managed to score first in both defeats, courtesy of goals by Dan Hamhuis against the Minnesota Wild and Alexandre Burrows against the Blues, their offense has struggled to find the back of the net in crunch time.
The Canucks surrendered five consecutive goals in Thursday night’s loss, but coach Alain Vigneault saw a much better effort from his team against the Blues, when they were a few bounces away from righting the ship.
"Obviously we played a better game than we did [on Thursday]," Vigneault said. "It was important that our guys responded with a better effort, better execution. I think that was there for the most part."
Blackhawks: Chicago, winners of three-straight games entering Friday’s clash with Tampa Bay, used a three-goal spurt to take a 4-2 advantage midway through the second period.
But Steven Stamkos, who finished with a hat trick in the game, scored twice to erase the Bolts’ deficit before the end of the frame. Then, after a scoreless third period, Vincent Lecavalier’s notched the game-winner in the final minute of overtime to deal the Blackhawks a crushing defeat.
"We had the momentum, we had them on their heels," Jonathan Toews told the Associated Press. "But we got into some bad habits and let them back into it."
Injury Report: Duncan Keith (upper body) is questionable for Sunday’s game against the Canucks, as Blackhawks’ coach Joel Quenneville has only said he hopes his blueliner will be ready. … Alexandre Burrows (back spasms) and Sami Salo (lower body) are questionable for Sunday’s game in Chicago. Mason Raymond (back), Byron Bitz (lower body), Aaron Rome (broken hand) and Steve Pinizzotto (shoulder) are listed on IR for Vancouver.
Enjoy the game everyone!
This point has been edited by BruinsHawksGal: 07 November 2011 - 09:41 AM