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Chicago Blackhawks Eye On The Enemy: The Canuck Way

By Gail Kauchak
Feb 11, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Vancouver Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler (23) and Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook (7) collide during the first period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 11, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Vancouver Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler (23) and Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook (7) collide during the first period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports /
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Apr 21, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith (2) in action during the first period in game five of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Billy Hurst-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 21, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith (2) in action during the first period in game five of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Billy Hurst-USA TODAY Sports /

Here are a few more questions and answers with Jeff Godley of The Canuck Way. 

Who is your most hated Blackhawk?

JG:  Easy – Duncan Keith. We haven’t forgotten his elbow to the head of Daniel Sedin in 2012. Daniel sustained a concussion on that play and missed the rest of the regular season. He also wasn’t available for most of their first-round series against the Los Angeles Kings, which they lost in five games.

Keith is a great defenseman, but we wouldn’t mind seeing him get a face massage from Erik Gudbranson tonight…

Do you miss the Robert Luongo drama, or are you happy he’s gone?

JG:  We miss Lu! It wasn’t his fault the Canucks had two elite goaltenders on expensive contracts. Giving Luongo a long contract with a no-trade clause probably seemed like a good idea at the time. In the end, the only thing that contract did was keep him Vancouver two years after he had decided to leave.

Still, goaltending is the least of the Canucks worries right now. Ryan Miller and Jacob Markstrom have kept the team close in plenty of games they didn’t deserve to be close in.

If you could have one Blackhawk on your team, who would it be?

JG:  Probably Patrick Kane. The biggest need for the Canucks is goals. They don’t have anyone who can break a game open by themselves, and we hear Kane is good for that kind of thing. Maybe one day the Canucks will meet the Blackhawks in the playoffs, and we can see for ourselves….

What are you looking for in a Canucks-Blackhawks matchup?

JG: Seeing the replays from 2011:

 What do the Canucks need to do to win this game?

JG:  Play perfect defensively, get a big game from the Sedins, and hope Corey Crawford stayed up too late the night before…

Seriously, though, the Canucks are unlikely to win a wide-open, high-scoring game against the Blackhawks. Their best hope is to keep the game tight and the score close, and hopefully they can get a lucky bounce or two.

Next: Happy Birthday Patrick Kane!

Thank you so much to Jeff for answering all our questions and giving us a Vancouver Canuck perspective to this matchup.  Good luck to you for the rest of the season, but not tonight!

Get your naps in now, boys and girls!  With a 9 pm start, this is gonna be a late one.

LET’S GO HAWKS!!!

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