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Canucks aim to rebound in Chicago

Wednesday, 10.20.2010 / 8:00 PM

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

CANUCKS (2-3-1) at BLACKHAWKS (4-2-1)

TV:  TSN, RIS; CSN-Chicago.

Season Series: This is the first of four meetings between the teams. Each time won twice during the 2009-10 regular season before Chicago eliminated Vancouver in six games in the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Big Story: The salary cap forced the Blackhawks to give their roster a makeover this summer, but the defending champs still find themselves atop the Central Division after their first seven games of the 2010-11 campaign. After a sluggish start, Chicago enters Wednesday's action riding a three-game winning streak.

Team Scope:

Canucks: Roberto Luongo's struggles in Minnesota continued on Tuesday night, as he was chased after two periods in Vancouver's 6-2 loss to the Wild. In his last three starts at Xcel Energy Center, Luongo has a 7.00 goals-against average and a .768 save percentage.

"He was like the rest of our team. Everybody in that room, starting with me, could do a better job," Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault said.

Blackhawks: Chicago made it three in a row in dramatic fashion Monday night, when Patrick Sharp beat Jaroslav Halak 3:50 into overtime to lift the Blackhawks to a 3-2 victory against the St. Louis Blues at the United Center.

"The first 50 minutes, there weren't a lot of offensive chances out there," Sharp said. "It was frustrating, but encouraging we got it to overtime."

Who's Hot: Marian Hossa scored a pair of goals 2:31 apart late in the third period Monday night and leads the League with 7 goals and 11 points in 7 games. … Daniel Sedin scored both of Vancouver's goal at Minnesota on Tuesday, giving him 6 tallies on the season.

Injury Report: Canucks defenseman Keith Ballard missed Tuesday's game due to a concussion suffered on Friday at Los Angeles and is unlikely to play Wednesday. Alexandre Bolduc (ankle), Alexandre Burrows (shoulder) and Sami Salo (torn ACL) are also all out. … Chicago defenseman Brian Campbell (knee) is out.

Stat Pack: Canucks goalie Cory Schneider made 32 saves in a 5-1 win over Carolina on Sunday for his first NHL victory in 22 months. … Blackhawks forward Tomas Kopecky played a career-high 23:19 against the Blues on Monday.

Puck Drop: "It was a tough one, not a very good game obviously for myself. I don't know what it is about this rink, but obviously I haven't had great performances here. It is one of those things where we have to battle through it." -- Roberto Luongo in the Vancouver Sun after Tuesday's loss
2010-2011 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Feb 04 '11CHI 3 at VAN 4D. Sedin
Dec 03 '10VAN 3 at CHI 0T. Glass
Nov 20 '10CHI 7 at VAN 1T. Brouwer
Oct 20 '10VAN 1 at CHI 2 - SOP. Kane
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
D. Sedin77310+1031
H. Sedin7099+0400
M. Samuelsson7156-2800
C. Ehrhoff7224+0420
A. Edler7044-3200
M. Raymond7213+1011
R. Kesler7112-21610
M. Malhotra7022-1000
A. Alberts7101-11100
R. Torres7101-22100
T. Glass7011-1000
D. Hamhuis5011+0000
J. Tambellini3011+0400
K. Bieksa7000+0800
J. Hansen7000+0800
G. Desbiens7000-1000
P. Schaefer7000-3200
K. Ballard4000-1200
A. Rome3000-1200
R. Rypien3000-21900
R. Parent2000-2000
A. Bolduc1000+0000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
R. Luongo61-3-2171752.92.903
C. Schneider21-0-01390.75.974
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
M. Hossa87411+5611
P. Sharp7628-3023
T. Kopecky8178+51200
P. Kane7246-5020
B. Bickell8224-2510
J. Toews8134+4400
B. Seabrook8134+1410
T. Brouwer8044-1200
V. Stalberg7202+0200
D. Bolland8112-1400
D. Keith8022+0400
J. Dowell8022+0700
N. Boynton7022+3600
J. Skille7022+0400
J. Cullimore4022+2000
N. Leddy6101-1000
J. Scott8000+1600
F. Pisani8000-3000
N. Hjalmarsson6000-51700
J. Hendry4000+0000
B. Pirri1000-1000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
M. Turco64-1-1152112.43.929
C. Crawford21-1-06623.03.903