Blackhawks @ Canucks, Numerology

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Yet another set of back to back games concludes in Vancouver with a meeting against the hated Canucks.


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Chicago Blackhawks (77 pts, 32-10-13) @ Vancouver Canucks (63 pts, 27-18-9)

9:30 pm CDT (UGH),  Rogers Arena - Vancouver, BC

TV : WGN

Radio : 720 AM WGN

Blackhawks' last game : 4-5 L (OT) @ Flames

Canucks' last game : 2-4 L vs Oilers

Enemy Territory : Nucks Misconduct

Season Series/Schedule

ATE SCORE W. GOAL
Jan 29 '14 @ VAN
Dec 20 '13 VAN 3 at CHI 2 - SO R. Kesler
Nov 23 '13 CHI 2 at VAN 1 M. Kruger

167 : The number of penalty minutes for Tom Sestito, the most in the NHL.

81-65-22-8 : The Blackhawks all time record versus the Canucks, earning at least point 64% of the time.

65 : The number of career shutouts for Roberto Luongo, one shy of tying Patrick Roy for 14th all time.

39 : The number of goals scored in the 3rd period by the Canucks. Only Buffalo (37) has scored fewer 3rd period goals.

24 : The number power play goals scored by the Canucks this year. Only Buffalo (23) and Florida (16, yikes!) have scored fewer PPGs.

14.9 : The average number of penalty minutes per game for the Canucks. Only the Flyers (15.9) have a higher PIM/G average.

13 : The number of games Daniel Sedin has gone without a goal.

11-0-1 : The Cancuks record when they score 4 or more goals this season.

3 : The number of short handed goals scored by Marian Hossa. Only Brad Marchand (4) has scored more.

2.48 : The Canucks' goals per game average this season, ranked 22nd in the NHL

Ever since the spring of 2011, the folks at Nucks Misconduct have added the video of Alex Burrows' series winning goal against the Hawks. You know, the only playoff series in five that the Canucks have won against the Hawks.  If celebrating a 20% success rate is the new norm then Michael Jordon should be expecting his call from the baseball Hall of Fame any day now.  So I'm just going to leave this here...

Probable Blackhawks Lineup

Forwards

Patrick Sharp - Jonathan Toews - Marian Hossa
Kris Versteeg - Brandon Pirri - Patrick Kane
Brandon Saad - Andrew Shaw - Bryan Bickell
Brandon Bollig - Marcus Kruger - Ben Smith

Defensive Pairings

Duncan Keith - Brent Seabrook
Niklas Hjalmarsson - Johnny Oduya
Nick Leddy - Michal Rozsival

Goaltender

Corey Crawford (19-8-9, 2.46 GAA, .911 save %, 0 SO)

Injuries

Nikolai Khabibulin (rotator cuff) out

Leading Scorers

PLAYER GP G A P +/- PIM PP GW
P. Kane 55 25 35 60 +9 16 9 6
P. Sharp 55 26 26 52 +16 28 8 2
J. Toews 55 17 33 50 +19 26 3 1
D. Keith 54 3 44 47 +18 8 2 1
M. Hossa 50 23 22 45 +23 14 3 3

Probable Canucks Lineup

Forwards

Chris Higgins - Ryan Kesler - Zack Kassian
Daniel Sedin - Brad Richardson - Alexandre Burrows
David Booth - Jordan Schroeder - Jannik Hansen
Tom Sestito - Zac Dalpe - Yannick Weber

Defensive Pairings

Chris Tanev - Dan Hamhuis
Alexander Edler - Jason Garrison
Ryan Stanton - Kevin Bieksa

Goaltender

Roberto Luongo (19-12-6, 2.25 GAA, .921 save %, 3 SO)

Injuries

Henrik Sedin (ribs) out, Mike Santorelli (arm) out, Andrew Alberts (concussion) out

Leading Scorers

PLAYER GP G A P +/- PIM PP GW
D. Sedin 54 13 27 40 +9 36 4 3
H. Sedin 50 9 31 40 +7 36 4 1
R. Kesler 54 18 15 33 -7 47 7 5
C. Higgins 53 14 16 30 -2 18 0 4
M. Santorelli 49 10 18 28 +9 6 0 3

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