NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Friday, March 3rd
(All times eastern)
Vancouver Canucks (34-22-5) at Chicago Blackhawks (19-31-8), 8:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Vancouver Canucks wrap up a three-game road set this
evening, as they travel to the Windy City to battle the Chicago Blackhawks at
the United Center.
The Canucks are 1-1 on the swing since emerging from the Olympic break with
Tuesday's win in Calgary. However, they followed that up with Thursday's 3-1
setback in Nashville. Tomas Vokoun made 41 saves to lead the Predators.
Markus Naslund scored the lone goal for the Canucks, who saw a two-game
winning streak come to a halt. Alex Auld allowed three goals on 20 shots in
Vancouver now has 73 points and dropped into third place in the Northwest
Division. Calgary beat St. Louis on Thursday and leads the division with 75
points. Colorado is in second place with 74 points.
The Canucks, who are 14-17-2 as the visiting team this season, begin a three-
game homestand Sunday versus St. Louis.
The Blackhawks are coming off Wednesday's 3-0 home victory over the Predators.
Craig Anderson made 20 saves to post his first shutout of the season and
Dustin Byfuglien scored in his NHL debut to lead Chicago.
Rene Bourque and Patrick Sharp also lit the lamp for the Blackhawks, who
snapped a three-game losing streak and beat Nashville for the first time (1-5)
The shutout was the second of Anderson's career, with his first coming during
the 2003-04 season.
Tonight marks the middle test of a three-game homestand for the Blackhawks,
who are 11-13-3 as the host this season.
Vancouver has won all three meetings with the Blackhawks this year and has
taken eight of the last nine matchups overall.
03/03 10:20:38 ET