OK, let’s try this again.
Just about two weeks ago, the Hawks and Canucks were preparing for their first game of the season. After three consecutive years with head to head playoff series’ including a Game 7 overtime game last season, it couldn’t be anything but the game of the century. The Hawks wanted revenge, and the new “sandpaper” were going to make their marks. Well, it didn’t quite go that way.
The Canucks took it to the Blackhawks from the puck drop to the final horn. When the smoke cleared, Vancouver won 6-2, and maybe it wasn’t even that close.
The Hawks can make it right tonight in Vancouver.
While this game hasn’t had the emotional build up the first game did, but I think it’s safe to assume the Hawks’ players have been looking forward to this “second chance at revenge” since that 6th Vancouver goal went in two weeks ago.
I look for the Hawks to bring the physical game early and often tonight. They were embarrassed on their home ice, and will want to send the Canucks an early message.
Corey Schneider will get the start in goal for the Canucks. Roberto Luongo will miss the game with an “upper body injury.” Brent Seabrook likely won’t play for the Blackhawks, while David Bolland will test his “lower body” and decide around game time.
With Seabrook out, look for Steve Montador to take on a big chunk of his ice time tonight. Montador has looked very good over the last few games, and is hopefully finding his groove as a Hawk.
IN OTHER NEWS :
The Blackhawks have placed winger / benchwarmer Rusty Olesz on waivers. If / when he clears, chances are he will be sent to Rockford, thus taking his salary ($3.125 million) off the salary cap.