Y’all ready for this? If you need help getting excited for tonight’s game against the Canucks, you’re either not a Hawks fan or you need to check your pulse. The Hawks have won the previous two meetings against the Canuckleheads this year by a 9-2 margin, but don’t think for one minute that tonight will be a cake walk.
The Canucks are hitting a hot streak. They’ve won their previous 3 games, scoring 17 goals in the process. That streak includes demolitions of the Flames and the Sharks. And the creepy Sedin twins haven’t played huge roles in those wins either.
Special teams will be very important for the Hawks tonight. We all know the Canucks like to play rough against the Hawks, but none of the Blackhawk players can get tricked into stupid penalties. The Canucks boast the number one power play in the NHL. Taking a stupid penalty (lookin’ at you, Kopecky) can be the difference in the game.
The Blackhawk’s power play will have to find a way to click without Boss Hoss. The Canucks have the #3 PK in the NHL and you just know Ryan Kesler is going to go balls-to-the-wall tonight. Getting Kopecky in front of Luongo will be a big factor for the first unit. The second unit needs to start clicking. The mix-and-match shit that we’ve seen so far from them this season won’t fly tonight.
I’m interested to see Q’s matchup strategy with the lines. Bolland’s line hasn’t been the shutdown force it used to be so we’ll see if Q puts Toews against the Sedin line instead.
Turco is getting his first start in a while. With Hossa out, who will he make those long breakaway passes to? If I can make a suggestion, Kane seems to like collecting hats against Lunogo.
What to Watch for
- Sharpie Shooting for Six. Everybody’s favorite sexy dude has one goal in his last five games. In his interview with TSN’s James Duthie, Sharp said he “wouldn’t mind a few multi-goal games.” We wouldn’t mind one tonight.
- John Scott needs to make someone's head bleed if he's going to be in the lineup. The forecast calls for 100% chance of pain.
- DooDoo Doo Doo DooDoo Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo. The UC crowd needs to be relentless with LOLongo. We should be paying rent for the time we spend in his head.
- The Sedins. They’re like Jimmy Johns. Freaky good. Emphasis on the freaky.
Let's Go Hawks
Update: Alain Vigneault is still whining that the Hawks ran up the score last time they played. I'm surprised Vancouver's management hasn't canned him already to try and change the culture of the organization. Leadership trickles down. There is just no accountability with that team.