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NHL Game Day Preview: Canucks look to sweep aside Blackhawks

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VANCOUVER CANUCKS AT CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS

Game 1: 2-0 Canucks

Game 2: 4-3 Canucks

Game 3: 3-2 Canucks

Game 4: 8:00 Tuesday

Notes: Cody Hodgson, Tanner Glass and Victor Oreskovich are the only minus players on Vancouver… Coach Joel Quenneville said he was “optimistic” center Dave Bolland would return from a concussion that has kept him out of the lineup since March 9… Tomas Kopecky is expected to miss Game 4… The last time Chicago was swept was in 1993 against St. Louis… The Canucks went shorthanded seven times in Game 3 after going shorthanded a combined five times in Games 1 and 2… Patrick Kane’s 26:15 of ice time in Game 3 was the highest of his career post-season or regular season… Both Chicago goals in Game 3 were on the power play… Daniel Sedin was pointless in Game 1, but has had back-to-back multi-point games… The last time the Canucks beat the Blackhawks in a playoff series was 1982… Through three games, the Canucks lead all teams in hits these playoffs with 130... The Hawks have led for a total of 23:09 this series, all in a 1-0 edge held during Game 3… Brent Seabrook did not skate Tuesday morning and is not expected to play in Game 4.

Quote worthy: “For us, it’s never been about revenge or not liking them. We have a lot of respect for them, but to us, they’re just another team. It’s not about playing Chicago.” - Vancouver Canucks captain Henrik Sedin.



THN’s STARS OF THE SERIES (our total game night star points in parenthesis)

1. Ryan Kesler (5)

2. Roberto Luongo (5)

3. Daniel Sedin (3)

What they’re saying in Vancouver: Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province writes the Hawks didn’t see the Canucks’ physical game coming.

What they’re saying in Chicago: Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune writes that the Hawks know coming back from a 3-0 deficit will be tough, but it’s not impossible.

Poll:Who will win Game 4?

SAN JOSE SHARKS AT LOS ANGELES KINGS

Game 1: 3-2 Sharks

Game 2: 4-0 Kings

Game 3: 10:30 Tuesday

Notes: Joe Thornton and Devin Setoguchi have the worst plus-minus on the Sharks (minus-2) and neither has a point… Ryane Clowe (3) is the only player on San Jose with more than one point… Drew Doughty leads all scorers in the series with four points… Antti Niemi’s save percentage is 65 points worse then Jonathan Quick’s… Los Angeles’ power play is tied for second at a 33.3 percent rate in the playoffs, while San Jose has yet to tally with the man advantage… Jarret Stoll will return to the lineup after serving a one-game suspension for a hit on Ian White in Game 1… Logan Couture was named a finalist for the Calder Trophy Tuesday.

Quote worthy: "It was a bad night. It was a bad night for everybody. It was contagious." - Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle on his team’s effort in Game 2.

THN’s STARS OF THE SERIES

1. Jonathan Quick (4)

2. Drew Doughty (3)

3. Antti Niemi (3)

What they’re saying in San Jose: David Pollak and Mark Emmons of the San Jose Mercury News writes the Sharks’ Big Three are once again struggling in the early going of the playoffs.

What they’re saying in Los Angeles: The key for the Kings so far has been the offense that has come from the blueline.

Poll:Who will win Game 3?

THN Puck Panel: Kings-Sharks, Blackhawks-Canucks preview


PRODUCER: Ted Cooper

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