Chicago Blackhawks: Have the Vancouver Canucks Figured Out the Blackhawks?

February 5th, 2011 by Cody Pugh Leave a reply »
It appears after two years of utterly collapsing to the mercy of the Chicago Blackhawks, the Vancouver Canucks have finally found a way to beat their conference rival and overcome their anxiety of playing the team that has knocked them out of the Stanley Cup race two season in a row.

Or have they?

One would say by looking at the scores of the last two meetings that they obviously have. But there's a bit more to it than that.

First, these two teams split the season series last year when Chicago was a much more dominant team. For this year's Blackhawks team to walk away with the same amount of points, against a team that has become much stronger than it was last season, I think says one thing: the Blackhawks can still compete with the Canucks to some degree.

This year's season series between the Blackhawks and the Canucks is now over. The Blackhawks captured four of a possible eight points; the Canucks took five of a possible eight. Chicago won the first two meetings, Vancouver the following two.

However, it's important to note that in this year's series Chicago has outscored the Canucks 12-8 and outshot them 149-115. In th ...

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