17 April 2011
After this series is all done, we may look back on tonight's game as the most important game of the series. For the Canucks, returning to the United Center is their true test in this series. They really need to win at least one of the two road games if they want to have themselves in a good spot in this series. Obviously, it would be optimal to win both, but I don't expect Chicago to just roll over and let the Canucks sweep them.
So if the Canucks win tonight, that puts them up to being 3-0 in the series, and needing just one more game to win. The momentum swings overwhelmingly in their favour. But if the Blackhawks win tonight, it give Chicago all sorts of life and confidence that they didn't have before.
But being at home will have its benefits for the Hawks as Quenneville will be able to try to get away from the Kesler on Toews matchup. The team looked scary at the end of the game in Game 2, so I imagine this game will have the Blackhawks looking much better than they have in the past two games.
Tonight Samuelsson will return to the lineup after being out with illness allowing AV to switch back to 12 forwards and 6 D (Aaron Rome will be scratched) and Raffi Torres is off his suspension and will likely replace Cody Hodgson.
For the Hawks, Brian Bickell is out with injury and so hulking winger John Scott will be in to replace him. I get the size thing, but he's slow, non?
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