After posting their ninth playoff shut-out in franchise history, the Canucks look to extend their lead in their Western Conference Quarterfinal match-up with the Chicago Blackhawks tonight. In Wednesday’s 2-0 win at Rogers Arena, Chris Higgins and Jannik Hansen had the goals while Roberto Luongo made 32 saves for his 2nd career playoff shut-out.
Vancouver is expected to ice the same line-up which was victorious on Wednesday. That night marked the fifth straight time the Canucks opened the first round of the playoffs with a win. It also saw the Canucks put up 47 hits, something they didn’t do all season long. The last time they had that many hits came in Game 3 of last year’s opening round series against the Los Angeles Kings (48).
After combining for nearly 200 points during the regular season, both Daniel and Henrik Sedin were held off the score sheet in Game 1. Only twice during the regular season were both Sedins point-less in the same back-to-back games. In 12 playoff games last year, Daniel had four games without a point, which included three against the Hawks. As for Henrik, he was kept off the score sheet three times.
Chicago was shut-out four times during the regular season, including twice in their final seven games. You have to go back nine years to find the last time the Hawks were shut-out in the playoffs. Chicago fell 1-0 to the St. Louis Blues April 23, 2002 in their first round series. Three of the four Hawks losses to the Blues came when they failed to score.
Brian Campbell was a team-best +28 during the regular season, but was on the ice for both goals against the Canucks Wednesday. Averaging 22:58 of ice time during the regular season, Campbell logged 26:11 in Game 1.
Tomas Kopecky is not expected to dress for Game 2 after leaving Wednesday’s game after a collision with Keith Ballard. The most likely candidate to draw into Chicago’s line-up is Fernando Pisani, as his 15 career playoff goals in the fourth best on Chicago’s roster.