Well, the Hawks are back at it tonight to start the circus trip in Vancouver. For the Nucks, the goalie everybody loves to see get pulled will be out with an upper body injury. Sadly, this negates the setup for jokes speculating what part of his lower body is bruised or tender. As of now, Bolland is a possibility while Seabrook is likely not. Listening to Q on the Hawks website, I would I would also expect Scott to be in. Offensively, the Hawks top guns all look healthy and after the ass whippin they got at the UC, they should be sufficiently motivated. Toews, as always, said the right things in the locker room after practice today. Hopefully his team will take his attitude into this contest.
It was cool to see the PP score the other day, but let's be realistic, 5-5 play is where the Hawks will win or lose. If the Hawks start going to the box again, they will lose. If they don't stand up for each other, they will lose. If they don't go to the net like they did in the last couple of games, they will lose. As a team, the Canucks, to me, are a team completely without pride. There is no bitch tactic that is beneath them to deploy and last year there was no victory in the playoffs they didn't want to celebrate with a confetti shower. The Sedins WILL repeatedly skate into the crease at a whistle and spray Crawford with a snow shower unless guys like Montador and Keith stop them before they get there (don't hold your breath waiting for that). Once they establish space with their little shower, they will dive like they got hit by a bus if anyone challenges them.
Weaknesses of the Hawks to exploit include, not clearing the crease or challenging players after a whistle, lack of willingness to constantly drive the opposing net and screen the goalie, lack of willingness to step up and match the Nucks hit for hit and lack of focus or lack of patience to endure the endless diving of the Sedin bitches. Vancouver's game will be to exploit weakness, but they are not without the ability to step up and play hockey if the Hawks come out of the gate ready to go. Head to head, I think this year's Hawks team is the better team and with the Nuck's typical overconfidence/inferiority complex, I think the Hawks have a good chance to catch them in some home game smugness after their "Historic Slaying of The Dragon" last year.
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