Thursday, May 7, 2009

Canucks Hawks Game Day #4

Optional morning skates for both the Canucks and Blackhawks. Sami Salo did not skate this morning and will not dress tonight in Game 4 for Vancouver. D-men Willie Mitchell, Shane O'Brien, and Ossi Vaananen, along with Roberto Luongo were the only players skating today that will draw into tonight's line-up for the Canucks. Both teams are likely going with their exact same line-ups as to what they iced in a 3-1 Vancouver victory in Game 3 on Tuesday.

Luongo is one win away from tying Richard Brodeur for 2nd place in the Canucks all-time playoffs wins (12). Kirk McLean holds the all time record for wins with 34. Luongo is the only goalie in the playoffs who is undefeated on the road, having allowed just five goals against in three games.

The Hawks are certainly going to have to a better start tonight if they want to bring this series back to the United Center for a Game 6. Nikolai Khabibulin did not take the morning skate for Chicago. He has given up the first goal in a game five times in the playoffs. Chicago enters tonight having scored the most goals of any team in the post season (31). On the flip side, the Hawks have allowed the most goals against in the league (27).

Here are the expected line-ups for Game 4:


D. Sedin - H. Sedin - Burrows
Raymond - Sundin - Kesler
Pyatt - Wellwood - Bernier
Hordichuk - Johnson - Rypien

Mitchell - Vaananen
Ohlund - Edler
Bieksa - O'Brien



Sharp - Toews - Kane
Versteeg - Pahlsson - Byfuglien
Ladd - Bolland - Havlat
Eager - Burish - Brouwer

Keith - Seabrook
Hjalmarsson - Campbell
Barker - Walker


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