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#1 Blueberries

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 03:01 PM

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Get ready for the playoffs(must watch!):


When: April 22,2013

Where: Rogers Arena

Time: 7:00 PM

TV: SNET-P

Radio: Team 1040


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KASSIAN'S BEST FRIEND:

COREY CRAWFORD

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Season Stats:
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3rd in West
57 Points(25-13-7)
Leading Scorer: H.Sedin(42)
Leading Goal Scorer: Burrows(13)
Leading Assists: H.Sedin(31)
Best +/-: H.Sedin(18)


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1st in West
73 Points(34-5-5)
Leading Scorer: Kane(51)
Leading Goal Scorer: Kane & Toews(21)
Leading Assists: Kane(30)
Best +/-: Toews(27)


TALE OF THE TAPE:
  • The Set-Up
  • The Vancouver Canucks (25-13-7) can clinch the Northwest Division title tonight when they play host to hated rivals, the Chicago Blackhawks (34-5-5), at Rogers Arena.
  • What You Need to Know
  • The Canucks play the second game of their three-game home stand tonight and are looking to pick up their eighth consecutive win at Rogers Arena after earning a 2-1 shootout victory over Detroit in their last outing on Saturday night.
  • Vancouver has not won eight in a row on home ice since an 11-game home win streak from February 3 to March 19, 2009.
  • The Blackhawks are starting a short two-game road trip tonight that will wrap up on Wednesday in Edmonton. They're coming off a rare shootout loss on Saturday against the Coyotes – a loss that snapped their seven-game win streak. However, they still have a streak of 11 straight games with at least a point earned (9-0-2) intact coming into action tonight.
  • The Canucks officially clinched a playoff berth with their win over the Red Wings on Saturday and have an opportunity to officially clinch the Northwest Division championship tonight. All they need is a single point from tonight's contest to seal the deal and win their fifth consecutive division title.
  • Tonight marks the third and final regular season meeting between the Canucks and Blackhawks this year. The season series is currently tied at one win each with both teams having earned shootout victories over the other.
  • Canucks D Keith Ballard left Saturday's game after tweaking his back. Although the injury is not expected to be serious, he will likely be a game-time decision. The Canucks are already missing D Chris Tanev and D Kevin Bieksa. If Ballard can't go, D Derek Joslin could make his Canuck debut. There's also a possibility that 20-year-old D Frank Corrado could summoned to Vancouver from Chicago (AHL) and make his NHL debut as well tonight.
  • Canucks G Cory Schneider, fresh off a 33-save performance on Saturday against Detroit, is expected make his second appearance in the season series against Chicago tonight. He was in net the last time these teams met back on February 19. He made 40 saves on 43 shots but his team fell 4-3 in a shootout.
  • Blackhawks G Corey Crawford is the likely starter tonight especially with G Ray Emery currently sidelined with a lower body injury. Crawford started the first meeting between the Canucks and Blackhawks this season on February 1 making 21 saves on 22 shots but his team fell short in a shootout dropping a 2-1 decision.
  • Both the Canucks and Blackhawks would love it if tonight's game turned out to be a playoff preview. Based on where the teams are currently in the standings, the earliest they would likely meet against would be in the Western Conference Final.
  • Canucks F Daniel (1-2-3) and Henrik Sedin (0-3-3) lead all players in the season series with three points each. No Blackhawks player has more than two points against the Canucks this season.
KEYS TO THE GAME:
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  • They quickly rekindle the rivalry. It's been over two months since the Canucks and Blackhawks last met but it shouldn't take long before the bad blood between the teams starts flowing again. The intense hatred the Canucks have for the Blackhawks should be more than enough to motivate them to play at their best tonight.
  • They set out to prove something. If ever there was a time for the Canucks to prove not only to the teams around the league but also to themselves that they are playoff-ready, tonight would be the night as they are going up against a Blackhawks team that has been by far the best in the NHL this season and is considered one of the top contenders to win the Stanley Cup.
  • They don't leave it all up to Cory. Schneider has shown he is capable of turning in stellar performances and helping his team pick up victories in games that they have no business winning (Saturday against Detroit would be an example). That being said, the Canucks can't throw Cory to the wolves - or in this case the Hawks - and hope he can bail them out time and time again especially against a team that is loaded with more gunslingers than a Western and can definitely make them pay on the scoreboard.
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  • They bounce back like they usually do. The Blackhawks are coming off a rare loss on Saturday albeit in a shootout and that's actually not good news for the Canucks because the Blackhawks haven't made it a habit to follow up a loss with another loss. The Blackhawks have only endured three winless streaks this season and none of those streaks went past two games.
  • The captain makes an impact. The Blackhawks, not surprisingly, owe much of their success this season to the strong offensive campaign they've received from team captain Jonathan Toews. Toews, however, has been uncharacteristically quiet in the season series and is still searching for his first points against the Canucks this season. If he can find his scoring touch and put up some points tonight, there's a good chance his team will walk away with a pair of points as well.
  • They're focused on clinching top spot. Winning the Presidents' Trophy doesn't guarantee playoff glory – the Canucks, sadly, can tell you better than anyone – but it's still a noteworthy accomplishment and one worth celebrating. The Blackhawks are on the cusp of capturing the regular season's top prize but they need to bear down in their final four games beginning tonight and get the job done fast or else risk having it slip through their fingers and into the hands of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

PLAYERS TO WATCH:

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ALEX BURROWS

No one on the Canucks is more familiar with big key goals against the Blackhawks than Alex Burrows but those dragon slaying-type moments just have not been there for him so far this season.

Burrows, who is the Canucks' goal-scoring leader this season with 13, has yet to find the back of the net in two games so far in the season series against the Blackhawks. In fact, he has not found the scoresheet against Chicago at all. He'll try to rectify that in the final game of the season series as well as snap the three-game point drought he has coming into tonight's contest.


The 32-year-old, who comes into tonight's game sitting six points shy of 300 career NHL points, has registered three goals and 12 points in 26 career regular season games against the Blackhawks. However, he has not recorded a point versus Chicago since his infamous overtime game-winner in Game 7 of the 2010 Western Conference quarterfinal series.



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MARIAN 'OSCAR WINNING' HOSSAAAAA


Finding a way to stay healthy has been a struggle for Marian Hossa not only this season but throughout his career. But when he is healthy and in the lineup, there are few players who are more dangerous at the offensive end of the ice than he is.


The Canucks know firsthand just how dominant he can be after watching him skate circles around them in the last head-to-head meeting with Chicago back on February 19. The 34-year-old Slovak had two goals in just over 13 minutes of ice-time before being forced to leave that game, perhaps not surprisingly, due to injury.


Hossa will be looking to start a new goal and point streak tonight after watching his three-game goal streak and three-game point streak (3-2-5) come to an end on Saturday against the Coyotes. Including his two goals in this year's season series, Hossa has six goals and 18 points in 27 career games versus the Canucks.


Edited by LegitCanuck, 22 April 2013 - 04:26 PM.

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 03:01 PM

Won't be the same rivalry without Luongo in net..

Gonna be a great game though! Come on Cory, need you to come up huge for my pool!

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 03:02 PM

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I feel the revenge on Keith coming now.

We waited to burn their lineup right before the playoffs as they did by assaulting the reigning MVP of the NHL.

F THE HAWKS.
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#4 The Brahma Bull

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 03:02 PM

Barker's time to shine. ^^^^ Taking care of DK would make him a legend here. haha. plus, that will keep him from playing more games for us. :P
Are we playing for the stanley cup? :frantic:

Edited by The Brahma Bull, 21 April 2013 - 03:04 PM.

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 03:03 PM

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Just no injuries and I'll be happy.
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Posted 21 April 2013 - 03:04 PM

Are we playing for the stanley cup? :frantic:


Pretty much. :towel:
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Posted 21 April 2013 - 03:06 PM

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Woooo....going to the game. Gonna get out there on the ice and take down some Blackhawks. Not really, but in my mind - yeah I am.

This is as close to playoffs as I'll get, so going to let the boys know they rock! #Cheering, loud and proud until it hurts.

Dragon slaying is almost in session. Be scared, lowly Hawks, be scared. Hostile territory you're entering....

(Can't help but love the picture of Marian, knowing it was a fake death and no Hawks were actualy harmed during the gentle waving of an arm)
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Posted 21 April 2013 - 03:07 PM

Play a good game boys and shut up all the negative Nancey's and Debbie downers around here.

Keep your heads up and get out of this one injury free.

Higgins comes back and scores off a Roy Baby saucer pass. Schneids stands on his head again and frustrates poor lil Kaner.

Go Canucks Go!
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Posted 21 April 2013 - 03:10 PM

This is the game that matters.
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Posted 21 April 2013 - 03:12 PM

We're in the playoffs - don't take chances - but don't just sit back...we need to fine tune....and get 1st in the division.

GO Canucks GO!
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Posted 21 April 2013 - 03:13 PM

Game is tomorrow right? Just clarifying.

Hopefully we injure one of the Hawks but "accidentally". Y'know, like an Edler slapshot to Duncan Keith's face. That's not illegal.
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Posted 21 April 2013 - 03:14 PM

Looking forward to this one -
Cautiously optimistic.
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Posted 21 April 2013 - 03:17 PM

Higgins should be back.
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Posted 21 April 2013 - 03:18 PM

This is the measuring stick game. Neither team has anything left to play for, except bragging rights which are all-important in the Canucks-Hawks rivalry. If the Canucks can step it up and compete with the Hawks for 60 minutes, then I'm not too worried about them going into the playoffs.

Wonder if Hansen will have to drop the gloves with somebody? Chicago didn't have much of a response when Hossa got injured, so maybe not, but it'll be interesting to see for sure.
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Posted 21 April 2013 - 03:20 PM

Good potential for an impact injury this game. Hopefully we come out ahead in that regard this time.
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Posted 21 April 2013 - 03:21 PM

Higgins should be back.


Really, thought he was until playoffs?
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Posted 21 April 2013 - 03:23 PM

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This is the measuring stick game. Neither team has anything left to play for, except bragging rights which are all-important in the Canucks-Hawks rivalry. If the Canucks can step it up and compete with the Hawks for 60 minutes, then I'm not too worried about them going into the playoffs.

Wonder if Hansen will have to drop the gloves with somebody? Chicago didn't have much of a response when Hossa got injured, so maybe not, but it'll be interesting to see for sure.


Because they likely knew he wasn't injured.
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Posted 21 April 2013 - 03:26 PM

Tough game coming here.. Gonna say 3-2 Canucks

Daniel
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Saad
Toews

Because Toews is gonna be "Saad" after this loss.. (See what I did there??)

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 03:27 PM

Here's to a strong game. it is the Blackhawks.
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Benning will be fired next year. Hope he enjoys screwing around for a few months. I just cant believe this. Another injured BC player. We just got rid of garrison. Seems like the canucks and linden just wanted any BC born player. Doesn't matter if hes good or not. We don't need another Linden to get us to game 7 of the Stanley cup and lose. We need someone to win us a cup.

 

5 million a year for Vrbata? 6 million for Miller? Kesler for Bonino and 24th instead of 10th pick or one of their top prospects? Garrison for scraps?

ive already lost faith in JB. Ive never EVER had this bad of a feeling about management.

 


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Posted 21 April 2013 - 03:30 PM

Put Sestito in the line up for him to take out Keith
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In my eyes drouin is overrated he can score in the qmjhl but did nothing in last two gold medal games that canada lost. Fox will be better pro than him talk to me in five yrs


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Posted 21 April 2013 - 03:30 PM

War Kassian!
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Posted 21 April 2013 - 03:30 PM

3-2 Canucks, lotsa skill out there
Canucks goals:
Daniel
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Hawks Goals:
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Posted 21 April 2013 - 03:33 PM

Put some 4th liner in to knock out keith


a.k.a. Lappy? :P

So 4-2 nucks
Daniel Edler RoyBaby Raymond
Toews Hossa
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Posted 21 April 2013 - 03:34 PM

Lets go Canucks!
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If you like looking at statistics to determine who's better, you're just a casual fan.

2.41 season GAA isn't very impressive. Let's not get into playoffs and his SV%.

Cory Schneider is the next Patrick Roy.


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Posted 21 April 2013 - 03:40 PM

I'll be at this game. My bud got tickets from his fiance and now we're Vancouver bound to see an awesome game. Great seats too!
I realize both the 'Nucks and Hawks are already in the show and there's no longer anything to play for except pride. There's still that rivalry and some bad blood between them. I'm expecting nothing less than an exceptional game from both sides.
Go Canucks Go
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Posted 21 April 2013 - 03:42 PM

Can't sit back on this one, with the help of a Anaheim loss to Edmonton tonight, we are still very much in play for 2nd in the west. Not to mention we also play Anaheim on Thursday.
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Posted 21 April 2013 - 03:47 PM

Because they likely knew he wasn't injured.


Still isn't an excuse. If Daniel Sedin went down on a hit, but wasn't seriously injured, is it appropriate for the Canucks to sit back and do nothing? Intent matters more than injury... that said, there's no way of knowing what Hansen's intent there was (even though I do believe him when he says it was an accident.)
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Posted 21 April 2013 - 03:54 PM

Honestly I don't even care if we win, we clinched the playoffs.

All I want is for them to be physical and take it to the Hawks. Last game against them I think it was, was boring as hell.

If it's another game where he have to rely on the goalie then I'm going to start getting pretty worried.. no excuse not to give it 100% tomorrow.
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Posted 21 April 2013 - 03:54 PM

Love the video in the OP!

So pumped for this game and playoffs!!

4-2 Canucks!
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Shanahan went soft on Keith.


Keith is a pretty ugly dude after all....


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Posted 21 April 2013 - 04:06 PM

That video is craaaaazy why hasn't someone posted it before
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