Blackhawks vs Canucks NHL Previews
Even though the Blackhawks have the second best record in the West and are favored in this game they will be facing a Canucks team that is 4-1 in their last 5 road games and have Olympic gold medal winning goalie Roberto Luongo between the pipes tonight.
Vancouver Canucks (39-22-2 80 points) at Chicago Blackhawks (42-16-5 points)
Bovada has Chicago as the favorite posted at -165 with Vancouver at +150 with a total of 5.5 goals.
Tonight in a Western Conference match up the Chicago Blackhawks host the Vancouver Canucks. Chicago is in second place in the Western Conference and they only trail first place San Jose by two points. Vancouver is in the third position in the West 9 games back of Chicago.
This season the Blackhawks are 24-6-2 at home, which is the best home record in the West, and the Canucks are 16-15-1 on the road.
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In their last games the Canucks beat the Detroit Red Wings 6-3 on Wednesday night and the Blackhawks beat the Edmonton Oilers 5-2 also on Wednesday night.
Chicago beat Vancouver in the playoffs last season, but this season the Canucks have won two out of three games against the Blackhawks.
The Canucks has outscored the Blackhawks 19-7 in winning four of the past five regular-season games between these two teams.
Both of these teams have a great offense, as the Canucks ranks third in the league in scoring (3.19 goals per game) and the Blackhawks are right behind them ranking fourth (3.16 goals per game).
Because both of these teams have no problem scoring the team that can play solid defense has a great chance to win this game. Both teams are pretty even this season in terms of goals allowed per game.
The G match up is key in this game with Chicago’s Antti Niemi (17 wins 2.26 GAA save percentage 91%) and Roberto Luongo (32 wins 2.36 GAA save percentage 91.9%). Niemi ranks fourth in the league in GAA and Luongo is 4-1-0 with a 1.41 GAA in his last seven regular-season starts against Chicago.
The Canucks are only one game above .500 on the road this season and their defense really has to key on Chicago’s Patrick Kane, who leads the team in goals (26), assists (46), and points (72).
In four of the last five games between these two teams in Chicago the total has gone Under.
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St. Louis Blues at Colorado Avalanche
Colorado is in the sixth position in the Western Conference and are solid on both sides of the ice and they will be facing a red hot St. Louis squad. Even though the Blues are currently on the outside looking in being in the ninth position in the West they only trail eighth place Detroit by one game and they have won five straight.
New York Rangers at Washington Capitals
The Capitals are running away with the Eastern Conference and have the best record in the NHL. The Rangers need to start winning, as they are tied with Montreal and Atlanta for the eighth and final playoff spot in the East.
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Boston Bruins at Pittsburgh Penguins
The Penguins have won their first two games since the Olympic break and are in the second position in the Eastern Conference. Boston is in the seventh position in the East, but they are not safe to make the playoffs, as they only lead Montreal, Atlanta, and New York by one point.
Detroit Red Wings at Chicago Blackhawks
Chicago has played great all season and is in second place in the West and are the fourth highest scoring teams in the league. Detroit needs to finish the season well to make the post-season for a 19th straight season, as they currently hold the eighth position in the West.