Hockey Night In Canada Stanley Cup Playoffs 2011

Canucks hope to get power-play chances

Categories: Chicago Blackhawks, VAN vs. CHI, Vancouver Canucks

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Captain Henrik Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks doesn't believe a onesided Game 4 loss has signalled any shift in momentum in the series. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) Captain Henrik Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks doesn't believe a onesided Game 4 loss has signalled any shift in momentum in the series. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

If the Vancouver Canucks are irked by the disparity in power plays, they aren't talking about it. But their body language gives them away.

Vancouver players were trying to steer away from a series of questions Thursday about why the Chicago Blackhawks have 19 power plays and the Canucks have 10, three of which came in garbage time during Game 4.

"How can I put this without getting in trouble?" said Ryan Kesler, smiling wryly. "It's a good question. I don't know. I can't answer that question.

"Hopefully, they'll let us play [Thursday]."

The Canucks have dictated play in three of the four games, but Vancouver captain Henrik Sedin said he didn't believe they were having discipline issues which can lead to penalties. Vancouver had to kill 14 power plays in the two games in Chicago and just five in the two games at home.

"Referees are making the calls they see, that's it," Henrik said. "One way."

For the Canucks, the Sedins don't kill penalties and it means every Chicago power play keeps the twins off the ice and out of rhythym.

"It don't just hurt the guys who are out there on the PK, it hurts guys like Hank and Danny, who don't get out there as much," Kesler said. "It really gets them out of their game. It's going to be important for us to stay out of the box."

The answer to the question of who is facing the most pressure heading into Game 5 was different depending on which room you were in.

The Blackhawks continue to say all the pressure is on Vancouver. The Canucks have the big lead and everyone expects them to win. Maybe it helped Chicago play more loose in Game 4.

Head coach Joel Quenneville picked up on his team's emotional change during its Game 4 win.

"It took us a while to get back in this series. We were frustrated in the first two games and have improved emotionally, too," he said.

Patrick Kane put it this way: "There's still really no pressure on us They're the ones in the position where the pressure's on them."

But Henrik Sedin wasn't buying it. The Canucks are at home, have a 3-1 lead in games and haven't played their best this series. In fact, their Game 4 effort was one of the worst he's seen all season.

"We like playing in front of our fans," Sedin said. "We're in a great spot. We're up 3-1 and we've got some business to take care of tonight. We know we're in a market where, if we lose, people are going to talk, but that's good.

"Last game we gave them 3-on-2's, 2-on-1's, breakaways -- and that rarely happens on this team,"

The Hawks are expected to go with the same lineup. Brent Seabrook traveled to Vancouver, but will not play tonight. He's still recovering from an upper body injury he suffered on a controversial Raffi Torres hit in Game 3. There was a report Seabrook took a baseline test the morning of Game 4.

"He's day to day, and there was a chance he could have played," Quenneville said. "But we found out today he's not. He's just not ready to go, so we'll leave it at that."

Sebrook, along with Duncan Keith, is part of the defensive pairing which has spent the most time playing the Sedins.

"Obviously (Seabrook] is a big part of their team, he's one of the best shut-down [defencemen] in the league, and obviously he's able to log a lot of minutes," Canucks winger Alex Burrows said Thursday morning.

Expected lines


Stalberg - Toews - Kane
Smith - Sharp - Hossa
Bickell - Bolland - Frolik
Kruger - Johnson - Brouwer

Keith - Leddy
Hjalmerson - Campbell
Campoli - Scott


Expected Canucks lines