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Some people may think I am crazy for thinking Chicago's best possible matchup in the second round is against the Vancouver Canucks, but stay with me for a minute.
There is something to be said about knowing your opponent, and it's hard to say the Blackhawks know anyone as well as they know the Canucks.
The two teams have met in the playoffs each of the last three seasons, playing a total of 19 times. That doesn't even include the 16 times they have played in the regular season over the last four seasons.
The Hawks get under the skin of the Canucks, and if you need an example, just look at how chippy the last game was between the two.
Just like Dallas, the two teams split the season series with each winning at home and on the road. Both won big one game and each won an overtime game.
Chicago vs. Vancouver This Season:
November 6 in Chicago: Canucks victory, 6-2.
November 16 at Vancouver: Hawks victory, 5-1
January 31 at Vancouver: Canucks victory, 3-2 OT
March 21 in Chicago: Hawks victory, 2-1 OT
Can you just imagine how intense this series could be?
I'd much rather see Vancouver than St. Louis in the second round, for those who are thinking it.