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Written by Dani Toth | 17 April 2011

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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.

Lineup changes
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? no comments

Written by Dani Toth | 16 April 2011



Because I never listen to the radio, I was late to the party on hearing this. Finally heard it on my drive home...this song is GOLD no comments

Written by Dani Toth | 16 April 2011

I'll have some thoughts up later, but to start your Saturday morning:

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Written by Dani Toth | 14 April 2011

Admittedly, I've been a terrible Canucks blogger this year. Though, if the Lightning don't find their game, I'll be having more time to focus my attention on the Canucks starting next week.

Like last year before the Canucks-Blackhawks matchup, I had a few words with Andrew Bernier of Bloguin's Blackhawks Down Low. Sometimes the best way to get to know your playoff opponent is to get to know the people that know them the best.

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I first met Andrew and the good people over at Blackhawks Down Low last season when the Canucks were ousted out of the playoffs for the second time in a row by Chicago. Even though there was much hatred over that goddamn Fratelli's song and various players named Byfuglien, Burish and Ladd, the boys at BDL were pretty awesome people. Andrew and I even have a friendly bet where the loser of this series has to change their twitter picture to the winner's choice for a solid week.

So Corey Crawford has some similarities to Antti Niemi of last year as they were both the backup that eventually won the starting job. Is that where the similarities end?

BDL: No, we also have a really cool veteran who underperformed early in the season this year as well. But yeah, Crawford and Niemi aren't exactly similar in style. I guess Crawford has performed slightly below Niemi's play last year. How much of that is due to the play of the defensemen remains to be seen.

How much power does Patrick Kane's mullet have?

BDL: Enough power to run an entire fleet of NASCAR engines for an entire season. Its a thing of beauty.

With Andrew Ladd, Dustin Byfuglien and Ben Eager not with the Hawks this year, who will Canuck fans hate by the end of the series?

BDL: Well I'm sure you already hate Kane, but I think Bolland can cause you guys to go ballistic if he gets healthy enough to play.  He looks like a rat and can be really frustrating when shutting down an opponents top line.

What is the biggest weakness that Chicago has going into the series?

BDL: Depth and health.  Bolland is suffering from symptoms from a concussion and is questionable. Campbell hasn't been 100% lately with a foot injury.  Sharp is working his way back from a knee injury.  These guys are all pretty big pieces for the Hawks, especially because they haven't gotten the secondary scoring that they had with guys like Versteeg, Ladd, and Byfuglien.

Even though the Blackhawks are the lower seed, many sports writers are picking them to win the series, why?

BDL: Because sports writers believe in curses, mojo, jinxes, and other crazy nonsense.  On paper the Canucks have the better team.  They have since day 1 of the season.  I think these writers all put too much stock into previous seasons.  I think the Hawks have a solid chance at winning the series, but I have been amazed at how many writers have picked them as well.
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Written by Dani Toth | 14 April 2011

Those who know me well, know one of my favorite things about the playoffs is CBC's intro video's.

No other station really does these montage video's better than CBC does, so here is the first two:




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Written by Dani Toth | 12 April 2011

Did you win your fantasy hockey pool this year? Or perhaps like me, come almost dead last?

Well the playoffs let's you start over!!!

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The Bloguin superblog, The Pensblog is running their annual Rinkotology, which is a fantasy playoff pool. Winner gets money.

How much money?

There are three divisions. The top five in each division will win money:

1st place: $300

2nd place: $250

3rd place: $200

4th place: $150

5th place: $100

And the overall winner of the entire Quest For The Cup will win an extra $700, for a total of $1000

The entry fee is 10 bucks. You have to have ten forwards, four defensemen, and two goaltenders. As they play, they accumulate points for goals, assists, hat tricks, series clinching goals etc. Click here to sign up. Full rules here

So, apologies for not telling you about this earlier, but the registration is over at 5:00 pm EST April 13th (that's TOMORROW).

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Written by Dani Toth | 10 April 2011

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Oh Chicago, we meet again...

All games aired on CBC, all times listed are Eastern no comments