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Sweet Sixteen?


hokkeynutt

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The beloved Hawks are 60 minutes away from tieing the 2006-07 Anaheim Ducks as the only two teams to start a season with 16 games without a regulation loss. Tonight, the Hawks face their Western Conference nemesis, the Vancouver Canucks who open up a four game roadtrip at the Madhouse on Madison. In the first meeting between the two teams at Rogers Arena, Jordan Schroeder scored the only shootout goal to provide the Canucks with a 2-1 shootout victory. The Hawks have gone 2-0-1 in the first three games of a seven game homestand and are determined to beat the Canucks in regulation, it will not be easy. I expect tonight's outcome to be determined by the special teams, the Hawks 3rd ranked PK versus the Canucks 12th ranked PP and the Hawks 12th ranked PP versus the Canucks 21st ranked PK. Unforunately Seabs is out tonight.

Below are the two teams NHL Rankings:

Sharks 8-3-3 19pts:

Goals for: 2.79 (11)

Goals against: 2.14 (4)

PP%: 18.5 (12)

PK%: 80.4 (21)

Hawks 12-0-3 27pts:

Goals for: 3.33 (2)

Goals against : 1.87 (1)

PP%: 18.5 (12)

PK%: 89.1 (3)

Did you know:

1) Since acquiring defenseman Johnny Oduya last season, the Hawks are 24-2-7 with him in the lineup.

2) After ripping off six straight wins, the Canucks welcomed back Ryan Kesler, by losing two straight (Dallas and St. Louis). Hockey doesn't make sense sometimes.

3) The Canucks earned points in both games they played at the Madhouse last season finishing with a record of 1-0-1. Luongo started both games and allowed just four goals on 77 shots. In fact, the Canucks and Luongo are undefeated in regulation in their last four regular season trips to the Madhouse (2-0-2).

Tonight's expected Hawks lineup

Offense:

Saad Tazer Big Hoss

Sharpie Rat Kaner

Bicks Shaw Stalberg

Bollig Krugs Frolik

Defense:

O-do-ya Keith

Hammer Leddy

Rozsival Brookbank

Netminder:

Razor

GO HAWKS!

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Congrats. One more for the record! I hadn't thought about how much acquiring Oduya stabilized the defense, but wow, only two losses with him is really incredible.

Hope Hossa is ok, he is a big part of the Hawks success this season. I see Hansen has a disciplinary hearing.

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