Saturday, May 9, 2009

Canucks Hawks Game Day #5

The Canucks are expected to go with the same line-up tonight as they did in Thursday's heartbreaking 2-1 overtime loss in Game 4. If there is a change to come, it would see Sami Salo return to the line-up in place of Ossi Vaananen. Pavol Demitra is still side-lined with his undisclosed injury.

Vancouver is coming off a post-season low 15 shots on net in Game 4. They have only out-shot an opponent once in the playoffs. They are also coming off a playoff-low one power play on Thursday. They have averaged just under five power plays per game in the playoffs.

The Blackhawks are not expected to make any changes to their roster. They have scored as many goals on the road as they have allowed (19) and they lead the NHL in power play goals on the road (7).

Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane were held off the score sheet in their two home games this week. So far in this series, Toews has one assist while Kane has three goals and one assist.

In the two games played in Chicago, the Hawks were credited with out-hitting the opposition by a total of 76-42.

Here are the expected line-ups for both teams heading into Game 5:


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

Mitchell - Salo/Vaananen
Ohlund - Edler
Bieksa - O'Brien



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

Keith - Seabrook
Campbell - Hjalmarsson
Barker - Walker


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