Jan 29, 2014; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Chicago Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews (19) scores against Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo (1) during the second period at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

Behind Enemy Lines: Vancouver Canucks


 

True rivalries in the NHL are not hard to come by. In fact, they absolutely abound, if you believe NBC’s Rivalry Night game picks. But even with all of the rivalries scattered throughout the league, one of the most recognized is the animosity between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Vancouver Canucks. Yes, Chicago has bitter rivalries with a few teams, but the contention with Vancouver has come to the forefront in the last 5 years.

The rivalry took a bit of a back seat behind the St. Louis Blues last season, mostly because the Canucks trailed in the Western Conference with a 36-35-11 record and fell out of a playoff spot well before the end of the season. They went 1-0-2 against Chicago with their win coming in a shootout in December.

Like many other teams, Vancouver is looking to rebuild and has made a few changes to improve offense, defense, and coaching – just those few areas. One of the bigger changes has been the addition of Goaltender Ryan Miller from the St. Louis Blues and formerly the Buffalo Sabres. Chicago’s rivals seem to think that Miller is the missing piece to their puzzle of a team, but that didn’t work out so well for the Blues who have been a very strong team recently. The difference with Vancouver is that they have made other roster changes and aren’t putting on Miller the pressure of immediate success.

Along with a few other trades, the Canucks also traded Center Ryan Kesler to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for younger Center Nick Bonino. Just 3 or 4 more trades like this and Blackhawks fans might have to find new Canucks to despise, which, if Vancouver’s rebuild is successful in the next few years, shouldn’t be too hard.

 

What do you think? Will the Canucks still be one of the Blackhawks most heated rivals next season?

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  • NHLfarmteams

    The truth is the Canucks will not be a strong team for a couple of
    years and only if some of their young guys develop to their potential.
    They have a serious lack of secondary scoring and are hoping the
    additions of guys like Bonino and Linden Vey can fill that void. Horvat,
    Gaunce, Shinkaruk and this years draft picks shouldn’t be counted on to
    produce unless they surprise.

    The Canucks pipeline was
    completely bare until recently and even now most of the prospects are B
    level not A+. That’s what happens when you have a competitive team in a
    weak division for 10 yrs in a row. It’s also what happens in Canadian
    markets when (other than the Oilers) the fanbase won’t let the GM tank
    to rebuild through the draft a la Pittsburgh, Chicago etc.

    There
    will always be a hate in Vancouver for Keith after is excuse “Hit” on
    Daniel Sedin. Frankly Sedin hasn’t been the same player since. As for
    the rest, Cancuks fans don’t like Kane but since Bolland left there’s
    very little sense of anymosity to most other Hawks players.

    It’s not really a rivalry anymore.

    • Chris

      You’d be surprised that a lot of Canucks fans secretly love Patrick Kane. I am one and I do.

    • E-Sauce88

      Yeah i agree with ya….canucks hawks rivalry had really died down…its turning into a blues hawks rivalry now…about to get way worse too

  • mayn

    The Canucks are a strong team. Believe in them maynn