By Allan Muir
Canucks at Blackhawks: 7:30 CST, CSN Chicago, Sportsnet Pacific
The Blackhawks are playing the fourth night of their season-high seven-game homestand. A win or OT loss will make it 16 games from the start of the season with at least one point, tying the NHL record set in 2006-07 by the Anaheim Ducks. For the Canucks, this is the opener of a four-game road trip, and they’re hoping to recover after dropping a pair at home to the Blues and Stars.
Keys to the game
• Blackhawks: Put the record out of mind and continue to play the gritty, high intensity game that got them to this point. Getting on the board early would help. They’re 10-0-1 when leading after the first period.
• Canucks: Finding their footing at five-on-five. They’ve allowed just 17 full-strength goals this season, but seven of them came in the last two games. The Hawks are one of the league’s best at five-on-five, so there’s little room for error here.
• Probable starting goalies: Ray Emery (5-0-0, 2.17, .929) vs. Roberto Luongo (4-0-3, 1.63, .934)