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The Blackhawks are a much better team than the regular season showed us. The team is for the most part, healthy, and the addition of Frolick and Campoli at the deadline filled a couple of holes. Keith, Seabrook, and Hossa all had less than average seasons, but have found their game in the Cup playoffs. They might not be last years team, but it is a very good team non the less, as Vancouver is finding out.
If the Hawks are very strong on the forecheck and backcheck while standing up the Canuck offense at the blue line, the Hawks puck possession will dominate. Also, Hammer can't play hot potato with the puck in the defensive zone. Key players for that will be Frolik, Stalberg, Hossa, Sharp, Brouwer, and Dowell. Oh yea, go to the net. Go Hawks.
For me, beating Luongo and the Canucks is this year's Cup for the Hawks. I don't expect them to win it all, or even tomorrow, but i'll be rooting just as hard as last year on every shift for my team. No Bickell tomorrow due to wrist surgery today. Instead of pumping up his team Canucks GM complains about the officiating. The fans complain about the NHL conspiracy to keep the Hawks winning. Hawks fans just root for Hossa to play 60 minutes of "Hossa" hockey. It's very funny trolling the Canucks boards. http://communities.canada.com/theprovince/blogs/whitetowel/archive/2011/04/25/gillis-has-nothing-to-lose-takes-issue-with-officiating-in-playoff-series.aspx