Blackhawks vs. (3) Canucks
Blackhawks Leading Posteason Scorer: Jonathan Toews (right), eight points (two goals, six assists).
Canucks Leading Postseason Scorer: Mikael Samuelsson, 11 points (seven goals, four assists).
Blackhawks with Stanley Cup bling: Tomas Kopecky, Andrew Ladd, John Madden (2).
Canucks with Stanley Cup bling: Brad Lukowich, Mikael Samuelsson.
Something worthwhile about the Blackhawks: At a success rate of 93.6 percent, the Blackhawks have the best postseason penalty killing unit in the Western Conference.
Something worthwhile about the Canucks: The Canucks have average 4.17 goals per game this postseason, most in the NHL.
Something useless about the Blackhawks that is vaguely connected to the Penguins: The last shutout of Blackhawks goaltending legend Tony Esposito's career was a 2-0 home win against the Penguins, Jan. 15, 1984.
Something useless about the Canucks that is vaguely connected to the Penguins: Former Penguins defenseman Sven Butenschon is the only player in Canucks history to have worn No. 52.
Former Penguins on the Blackhawks: Marc Bergevin, director, player personnel; Denis Bonvie, professional scout; Scotty Bowman, senior advisor, hockey operations; Marian Hossa, RW; Norm MacIver, director, player development; Ed Olczyk, broadcaster; Dale Tallon, senior advisor, hockey operations; .
Former Penguins on the Canucks: Nolan Baumgartner, D; Mikael Samuelsson (right), RW.
Who needs to be the difference for the Blackhawks: Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook. Keith and Seabrook each went to Vancouver as a shutdown duo for Canada's gold medal-winning Olympic team. They need to live up to that billing and help shut down the Canucks' considerable scoring depth at the forward positions.
Who needs to be the difference for the Canucks: Roberto Luongo. With several of his defensemen out of the line up or struggling with injuries, Luongo needs to play like a gold-medal winning goaltender (which he was) and limit the damange Chicago's impressive collection of forwards can do on offense.
Best Blackhawks YouTube Video We Could Find: Former Penguins forward Bob "Battleship" Kelly, then of the Blackhawks, getting into a fight/hair pulling match with Bruins tough guy John Wensick:
Best Canucks YouTube Video We Could Find: The all-time Canuck, Trevor Linden, scoring a goal against the Flames in Game 6 of a 1989 Smythe Division semifinal series:
(You may need to reset the tint on your monitor after watching those Canucks uniforms.)
EN Prediction: This series will be full of two things: Nastiness and goals. Both teams will score in bunches. We see Luongo having a definite edge over the green Niemi and being the reason Vancouver moves on. Canucks 4-2.
(Photos: Toews-Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images; Samuelsson-Canadian Press)