NHL Playoff Predictions: No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks vs. No. 3 Vancouver Canucks

April 28th, 2010 by Benjamin Benya Leave a reply »
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Storyline: Déjà vu all over again as the young stars of Chicago head into another titanic clash with the silently pesky Vancouver Canucks. Will it be an encore performance for the Blackhawks, or can the Canucks finally make a breakthrough?

Offense: No surprises out of the first round for the Blackhawks, who scored just about as consistently as they were expected to. Easily the most controversial figure in the lineup is Marian Hossa, who was the talk of the town after he controversially stayed in Game Six through a five-minute major penalty and into overtime to score the game-winning goal.

While most claimed that Hossa was having a miserable series, his seven points state otherwise. Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, meanwhile, led the Hawks to an inevitable first round victory. Kane in particular was a massive success who performs better than anyone on the ice when the pressure is on.

For Chicago, scoring can come from any number of sources, leaving several players looking like powder kegs. Andrew Ladd, Troy Brouwer, and Kris Versteeg (a combined minus-9 in the first round), a ...

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