GAME: Chicago Blackhawks (12-26-7-5) at Vancouver Canucks (27-14-7-2).
TIME: Tuesday, 10 p.m. EST.
Riding the longest road losing streak in team history, the Chicago
Blackhawks return to the site where they last picked up a point away from home
when they visit the Vancouver Canucks.
Chicago set a franchise record on Saturday, losing 4-3 to the Columbus Blue
Jackets for its 17th consecutive road defeat (0-16-0-1). The Blackhawks, whose
last road win came at Nashville on Nov. 7, passed the 1953-54 team that lost
its final 16 contests away from home for the longest road skid in team history.
The Blackhawks, a league-worst 3-19-3-1 away from home, haven't earned a
point on the road since a 3-2 overtime loss at Vancouver on Nov. 20.
Chicago beat the Blue Jackets 7-0 on Friday, but played an undisciplined
road game on Saturday to close the home-and-home set.
Columbus had an astonishing 13 power plays, scoring on two, as Chicago
opened a six-game road trip with the record-setting loss.
``That was the difference in the hockey game, just how it was called,''
Chicago coach Brian Sutter said. ``Let's put it this way _ them hauling us down
and them calling penalties against us. It got to be borderline ridiculous.''
Sutter declined to comment and several players were spirited away before
they could be asked about the road losing skid.
``We weren't really thinking about that,'' center Scott Nichol said. ``After
a 7-0 win, we were just thinking about getting the puck on goal.''
Vancouver was struggling at home, with a seven-game winless streak at GM
Place for its longest skid on home ice in four years.
The Canucks, however, beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-4 in overtime on
Wednesday to snap the home winless streak. They followed that with a 4-1
victory over Nashville on Sunday to win consecutive games at GM Place for the
first time in two months.
Sunday's win was costly, however, as defenseman Ed Jovanovski sprained his
right shoulder just three minutes in.
Jovanovski, who has seven goals and 21 points, will be out at least two
weeks. He will be tested again later this week, and be re-evaluated after the
``There's not much I can do right now,'' Jovanovski said Monday. ``Mobility,
strength, there's not much there. ``It's sore and it's unfortunate, but we'll
see how it is after a couple of weeks and we'll go from there.''
The Blackhawks have lost four straight in Vancouver since a 5-4 win on Oct.