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Written by Dani Toth | 29 April 2010

Like my Round 1 preview for the Kings, instead of your traditional series preview where I break down the forwards, defense, goaltending and whatever else people break down, I'm straying from the traditional. Don't worry if you are interested in that stuff I'm sure I'll link to blogs who are doing the more traditional thing.

This time round, as part of my series preview, I've enlisted the help of Andrew Bernier from Blackhawks Down Low to answer a few questions heading into the series. Andrew and some guy, very originally named ChiBlackhawks, writes over there at that their fine site. I'm sure we'll get to know them, hate them and maybe end up as friends with them at the end of the series, who knows. Andrew will become my new Blogger Buddy™ for the series, you can find Andrew on twitter and I do suggest you follow him so you can get the other half to my conversations/trash talking.

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Benched Whale: What is the strength of the Canucks over the Hawks?
Blackhawks Down Low: The Canucks have the Hawks beat in net.  I like what I've seen out of Niemi so far, but he's still pretty new to playoff hockey.  We all know about Luongo's resume.  Niemi has a chance to prove himself in this series, but going in the edge is with Lu.

BW: What is the Canucks weakness against the Hawks?
BHDL: The Hawks are a very talented team offensively and I'm not sure Vancouver has the top defensive pairing guys to shut down the top two lines for the Hawks.  Maybe that just comes from me not knowing enough about the Canucks, but once you get past Ehrhoff there really isn't someone who can do that job.

BW: Looking back at last year, what in the main difference between your team this year compared to last year? Is it better or worse?
BHDL: I don't think there's a team-wide difference from last year.  Hossa is a slight upgrade over Havlat mainly in the defensive end.  Kane can actually play some defense now.  Dave Bolland has been a shell of his former self since having back surgery.

Defensively, the Hawks have been a rollercoaster since the Olympics.  They've looked good so far in the playoffs, but towards the end of the regular season it was pretty bad.  Campbell has played limited minutes in games 5 and 6, which really helped the Hawks breakout.  You can still tell he hasn't been 100% though.  Kim Johnsson is assumed to be dead and if he makes an appearance it will be Weekend at Bernie's style.  Dustin Byfuglien will hopefully be moved back to forward just to screw with Luongo.  We've loved what we've gotten from Sopel all season.  He's been a warrior and a great 5th/6th D and PKer.  We joke that he knows he can't get any uglier so he throws his face in front of shots.

Continue after the jump for the rest of BHDL's answers...

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Written by Dani Toth | 28 April 2010

As per NHL.com the Blackhawks vs. Canucks schedule is as follows:

Game 1 - Saturday, May 1 @ Chicago, 5:00 p.m.
Game 2 - Monday, May 3 @ Chicago, 6:00 p.m.
Game 3 - Wednesday, May 5 in Vancouver, 6:30 p.m.
Game 4 - Friday, May 7 in Vancouver, 6:30 p.m.
Game 5 - *Sunday, May 9 @ Chicago, 5:00 p.m.
Game 6 - *Tuesday, May 11 in Vancouver, 6:30 p.m.
Game 7 - * Thursday, May 13 @ Chicago, 5:00 p.m

*Games played if necessary

All games are broadcasted on CBC and Versus and times are in PST.

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Written by Dani Toth | 26 April 2010

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Bring it Chicago!

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Written by Dani Toth | 26 April 2010

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Written by Dani Toth | 26 April 2010

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Photo credit to The Royal Half

Although the Kings didn't win the series they still put up a good fight. They will be super scary in two years or so...like super scary. The one thing about this series that I have absolutely loved was getting to meet/blog with my blogger buddy The Royal Half. Even if the Canucks had lost this series, I still would have had nothing but good things to say about him and his fine work that he puts out over at his blog. I look forward to great Canucks v. Kings game day stuff next season and maybe even a roadtrip?

It's great to see playoff hockey back in Los Angeles. Even though I never got to see it in person, you could see the excitement from the Kings fans to have their team being in the playoffs. The fans completely surpassed my expectations. Thank you LA for a great series.

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Written by Dani Toth | 26 April 2010

What are you doing Vancouver? What? Canucks Day in Vancouver? I have barely forgotten about the 7th Canuck, now we're moving on to our next bad marketing idea?

Excuse me, I'm about to vomit from the thought of this...

I see how the city is trying to rally around the team, but really, we've only won one freaking round! We've done this before, many many times, and like the Sharks, there is no reason to celebrate until the team can make it out of the second round of the playoffs, at least.

But shouldn't the city have a Canucks day when they have actually won a Stanley Cup? Guh! Puck Daddy just made fun of the Vancouver media today for making a big deal about the twinkie-gate, at this rate, one of the two papers in the city might as well include an insert into Sunday's paper of the parade route so that fans/bloggers of other markets can just continue making fun of the city.

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Written by Dani Toth | 25 April 2010

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Wooooo!!!!! Bring on the second round!

Recap after the jump...

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