It's game four Vancouver and the Hawks are up 2-1. The Canucks got outworked, pushed around and according to Ed Willes of The Province, were "emasculated" in GM Place. Now it's time to show the Hawks that the Canucks can push back. It's a bit of a must win tonight, because if the Canucks lose tonight and go down 3-1 in the series, well no good can come out of that.

AV says the Canucks need to emulate Toews and not Byfuglien

"The guy going to net the hardest is Toews," said Vigneault. "He's pitch-forked and run Louie and everything you need to do to create offence and top of that, he's a real skilled player. We know what we need to do here and we're confident we'll get it done." -The Province

Byfuglien has turned into a hated man here in Vancouver

"From playing juniors out here, I still got some friends and stuff and they say everyone out here hates me. And I think the best thing for me is to stay in the hotel room and go from the hotel to the rink." -The Province

AV gave the boys a day of rest yesterday with an optional practice at GM Place. At first I thought Vigneault would stick to the same lineup, but there are going to be some bold changes*:

  • Demitra and Rypien are both scratched
  • Michael Grabner and Tanner Glass are in
Bold AV, that is bold. I've been complaining about seeing Demitra on the PP as the point guy, but to have him scratch from the game, well that's more than I could ask for. He hasn't been producing and is essentially invisible on the ice so I like this move. With him off the PP we might see Burrows in on the PP instead.

As always, head over to Blackhawks Down Low for your enemy blog, their game preview is here.  I've also found a new opposition blog called the Hockey Broad, so please do pay her a visit.

Game time tonight is at 6:30 pm PST. Bring your Woo!

*Not confirmed by AV as per TC Carling, but according to every other reporter on twitter is what is going to happen

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