The rivalry continues as Hawks face Canucks @ UC

In what should be a good precursor to the playoff, there is no better way to get the blood amped up and boiling than to face your enemy. The Vancouver Canucks will be rested and ready for the Hawks. They will probably be in ornery mood as well coming off of a defeat at the hands of the Wild in Minnesota. The Canucks come into this game with no worries of making the playoffs. They are second in the Western Conference behind the Blues with 94 points and ten games left on their schedule. The Colorado Avalanche are behind them in the division but are significantly behind and only have seven games left to play. The Hawks will need to bring their best against Vancouver. They have recently found a much better defensive team game but this will be tested against the Canucks. Like them or not they have world class players in the Sedins and Kessler. The Canucks have a high differential of +41 which means they are potent on offense and solid defensively. The Canucks also have a good road record at 22-11-4. They will be a good test for the Hawks to see just how playoff ready they indeed are. Roberto Luongo will be in net for the Canucks. Look for Crawford to be in net for the Hawks. I can hear the sing song chants of Luongo already. Whenever these two teams get together the intensity is high and I don’t foresee this one being any different. The game will probably have a playoff game atmosphere. Keys to the game  The Canucks are ranked 2nd in the NHL on the powerplay. The Hawks have to stay out of the penalty box against this team otherwise they will kill you. Plus the Hawks pK is ranked 26th in the league so they need to be disciplined.  There will be a battle in the face off circle. Whoever controls this could control the game’s pace. The Canucks are ranked 3rd and the Hawks 9th so this will be a real battle all night long.  The Canucks are not a shot blocking teams so the Hawks should get shot through to Luongo. They need to just keep firing early and often. If possible get someone in front of Luongo for either a screen or re-direct.  The Hawks need to pressure the Canucks in their own zone and get takeaways to hopefully cash in on offensive opportunities. Who to look for: • Look for the Sedins in particular Daniel, both however are always as threat. • Look for Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa who have been heating up as of late. • Look for the Bolland line with Shaw and Bickell to be very active and jumping into plays. The Blackhawks can be seen versus the Vancouver Canucks on CSN or WGN Radio 720. Start time is at 7:00 pm CT. Follow us on Twitter (@TCLBlackhawks) for updates on Chicago Blackhawks game analysis, opinions and roster info. Follow me on twitter @Sportshashhash