The Vancouver Canucks (8-3-3) open a four-game road trip tonight at the United Center facing off against the NHL's top team, the Chicago Blackhawks (12-0-3).
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
- Tonight marks the second of three meetings between the Canucks and Blackhawks this season. Vancouver drew first blood in the season series by scoring a 2-1 shootout win at Rogers Arena back on February 1. Canucks D Alex Edler had a goal in regulation while F Jordan Schroeder scored the game-deciding goal in the shootout that night.
- Canucks F David Booth could make his season-debut tonight. He missed the first 14 games of the season with a groin injury. To make room for Booth on the roster, Vancouver placed F Andrew Ebbett on waivers yesterday.
- The Canucks bring a two-game road win streak into tonight's contest. They've earned points in four of five games away from Rogers Arena so far this season (3-1-1).
- The Blackhawks are in the midst of a season-high seven-game home stand. They played just two of their 12 first games of the season at home prior to this stretch.
- The Canucks earned points in both games they played at the United Center last season finishing with a record of 1-0-1. G Roberto 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 United Center (2-0-2).
- Vancouver will likely name their starting goaltender for tonight's game on the morning of game day. Luongo owns one win against the Blackhawks this season but is coming off a rare defeat after allowing more than two goals in a game for the first time this season on Sunday in the 4-3 shootout loss to St. Louis.
- Canucks G Cory Schneider has only made one career start at the United Center. It came in Game 6 of the 2011 Western Conference quarterfinals. He lasted just over two periods in that game before being forced to leave with an injury.
- The Canucks are one of only three teams this season that have prevented the Blackhawks from earning the full two points in a game. The other two are the Wild and the Ducks.
- Chicago's streak of 15 straight games with at least a point to start the season is a franchise record (it shattered their old record of seven games) and is just one shy of equaling the league record of 16 games set by the Anaheim Ducks. The Ducks started the 2006.07 season with a 12-0-4 and went on to win the Stanley Cup that year. Coincidentally, the final outing of that 16-game run for the Ducks was a 6-0 win over Vancouver.
- With Blackhawks G Corey Crawford currently sidelined, G Ray Emery will likely get the start against the Canucks. If he does, it would be just his second career start versus Vancouver and his first since January 18, 2007 when he was with the Ottawa Senators.
- The Canucks need a victory tonight to avoid going winless in three straight games for the first time this season.
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