The Canucks (20-11-6) make their first visit to United Center on Friday (8 p.m. ET, NHLN-US, TSN) to face the Blackhawks (25-7-5), who won the first game between the teams this season 2-1 on Nov. 23 at Rogers Arena.
"I don't think it's changed, especially when we went in there [in November] and it was a heck of a game there," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said following Chicago's morning skate. "Last time we were in there and last year's games were very competitive. I still think that every game it brings back memories quickly."
The Canucks are in the midst of a stretch playing three games in four days, so they didn't hold a morning skate. They lost 4-1 at the Dallas Stars on Thursday and come into this game 0-1-1 on a three-game road trip.
Vancouver could be dragging a bit physically and mentally, but the weariness likely will wear off quickly once the game starts and those memories Quenneville alluded to crop up. It'll be the same for the Blackhawks, who've had two days off between games.
"I think every time you play them you still get pumped up for the games and the history that's obviously behind the two teams, especially the past few years," Chicago forward Patrick Kane said. "It's been a fun rivalry to be part of and you kind of expect something to happen every game that you play against them. It's always a fun matchup."
The Blackhawks have won two games in a row and five of their past six to remain atop the NHL standings with 55 points. Vancouver is fourth in the Pacific Division and solidly in contention for the playoffs.
Here is how the Blackhawks and Canucks might line up:
Scratched: Jeremy Welsh