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The Chicago Blackhawks are the 2010 Stanley Cup champions. They have also eliminated the Canucks from the playoffs in 2009 and 2010.
However, Chicago has lost several players that were significant parts of their run last year, and Vancouver is on top in the Western Conference.
Henrik and Daniel Sedin lead the Canucks with 55 points and are tied for third in the NHL in scoring. Daniel has 25 goals, which is also ranked third in the league.
Ryan Kesler comes in second with 41 points, and his 24 goals are fifth in the NHL.
On defense, Alexander Edler leads all defensemen in scoring with 25 points. Kesler and Daniel Sedin each boast a plus-17 rating, while Henrik has a plus-18. Overall, 16 players have positive plus/minus ratings, and nine of those players have at least a plus-10.
Roberto Luongo is going to be the Canucks' goaltender for a good long while. He is currently ranked fourth in the NHL with 20 wins, and his .922 save percentage is ranked ninth. He also has a 2.34 GAA.
In 34 playoff games, Luongo has a 17-17 record with one shutout. He holds a .917 save percentage an 2.50 GAA.
Cory Schneider is in his first full NHL season as Luongo's backup. He has yet to lose a game in regulation this year and is currently 8-0-2 with a .925 save percentage and 2.31 GAA.
For the Blackhawks, Patrick Sharp leads the offense with 44 points, and Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane come in second and third with 36 and 33 points, respectively. Like the Canucks, the Hawks have nine players who have put up at least 20 points this year.
The Blackhawks' defense has taken a hit after losing Dustin Byfuglien and Brent Sopel to the Atlanta Thrashers. Although Duncan Keith has 24 points this year, he has a minus-seven, a far cry from the 69 and points and plus-21 of his 2009-10 campaign.
Brian Campbell leads the team in plus/minus with a plus-19.
Rookie netminder Corey Crawford has taken over the starting spot from veteran goaltender Marty Turco. He has a record of 14-8-1 with a .917 save percentage and a fifth ranked 2.23 GAA.
Turco is in his first year with the Blackhawks after playing the last several years with Dallas. He has struggled in his 24 games, going 9-10-2 with a .899 save percentage and 3.02 GAA.
He has also played in 47 playoff games with the Stars and is 21-26. He averages a .902 save percentage and 2.39 GAA. However, the Stars have not made the postseason since 2008, so Turco would definitely be a little bit rusty.
Prediction: Vancouver over Chicago. The third time will be the charm for the Canucks, who are the deeper team this time around.