In this week’s Eye on the Enemy, we take a look at the Vancouver Canucks.
Remember back in the 2009-10 playoffs, when the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Vancouver Canucks four games to two in the semi-finals? They went on to win the Stanley Cup for the first time in 49 years. They following year, they weren’t so lucky. They were defeated by these same Vancouver Canucks in seven games during the first round of the playoffs. The Canucks went on to lose in the Stanley Cup Final to the Boston Bruins.
Playing the same team in a best of seven series two years in a row can create quite the rivalry. Competition was fierce, and players and fans alike from both teams did NOT like each other. It made for some very exciting hockey.
Well, fast forward to the 2016-17 season, and the rivalry isn’t quite there anymore. These two teams haven’t met in the playoffs again. While the Chicago Blackhawks have since gone on to win the Cup two more times, the Vancouver Canucks have lost in the first round three times, and not even made the playoffs twice.
Nevertheless, the Hawks and the Canucks will match up against each other tonight. Chicago ranks third place in the league with a record of 12-4-2, while Vancouver sits close to the bottom, with a record of 7-10-1. But, as they say in football, “Any given Sunday”. Once these two clubs hit the ice tonight, it won’t matter who has what record. Both teams will have the same goal in mind, and that’s to win the game.
In preparation for this matchup, we reached out to our fellow FanSided friends up north to answer a few questions for us about the Vancouver Canucks. Expert Jeff Godley at The Canuck Way was kind enough to give us his take on how the Canucks are faring so far, and how they will pair up against the Hawks tonight.