NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Tuesday, January 27th
(All times eastern)
Chicago Blackhawks (12-26-7-5) at Vancouver Canucks (27-14-7-2), 10 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Two teams on the opposite ends of the Western Conference
spectrum meet tonight, as the Vancouver Canucks host the Chicago Blackhawks at
General Motors Place.
The Canucks have 63 points and trail Colorado by three for first place in the
Northwest Division, while Chicago's 36 points place it in last place in the
Brent Sopel finished with two goals and one assist to lead Vancouver to a 4-1
win over Nashville at GM Place on Sunday.
Henrik Sedin posted a goal and an assist for the Canucks, who earned their
second straight win and captured their first regulation victory in 17 home
Coming into the contest, Vancouver was just 5-7-4 in its last 16 home
contests with all five victories coming in overtime. It was the Canucks' first
regulation win at GM Place since a 4-3 decision over Minnesota on November 8.
Todd Bertuzzi also scored for the Canucks, while Dan Cloutier registered 15
Vancouver defenseman Ed Jovanovski left the game after crashing into the
boards just over three minutes into the first period. He is doubtful for
tonight's game and could be sidelined until the All-Star break.
The Canucks finish a five-game homestand this evening.
Meanwhile, the Blackhawks' road woes continued on Saturday night, as they fell
4-3 to the Columbus Blue Jackets in the back end of a home-and-home set.
Steve Sullivan scored two goals for the Blackhawks and Tuomo Ruutu added a
tally. Craig Anderson made 30 saves, but it couldn't stop Chicago from losing
its 17th straight road contest.
Chicago hasn't won on the road since November 7, and is 3-19-3-1 on foreign
ice this season.
The longest previous Chicago road losing streak came in 1954 when the
Blackhawks lost their final 16 away games of the season.
Tonight's contest is the second portion of a six-game trip for the Blackhawks.
The Canucks have dominated this series recently, winning four straight,
including both matchups this year. Vancouver is also 6-1-1 in the last eight
tests with Chicago.
01/27 10:28:19 ET