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Turco to start vs. Canucks; rivalry heating up?

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Turco to start vs. Canucks; rivalry heating up?

Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010
2:23 PM

By Tracey Myers
CSNChicago.com

The Chicago Blackhawks and Vancouver Canucks already have a contentious relationship, thanks in big part to their recent playoff history. But it may have gotten a little more heated after their latest game.

Canucks coach Alain Vigneault felt that the Blackhawks were running up the score and putting what he called their No. 1 power play on the ice late on Nov. 20, when the Blackhawks beat them 7-1 in Vancouver.

We basically embarrassed ourselves in front of our fans and they did everything to rub it in our face, Vigneault told the media after that game.

The Canucks are 3-1-0 since that loss to the Blackhawks, and are coming off a 7-2 victory over the Calgary Flames on Wednesday.

We had a number of different power plays up there, Patrick Sharp said on Thursday. Joel (Quennevilles) been here three years now and hes not known as that kind of a coach.

Ill stand by the fact that we werent trying to run up the score, he continued. We just about blew a 5-1 lead the other night (vs. St. Louis), so no leads really safe in this league. But as players and coaches, we werent trying to do that.

Sharp absence

Patrick Sharp was No. 3 among NHL goal-scorers entering Thursday nights games but you wont find his name on the NHL All-Star ballot. Sharp has been a consistent contributor for the Blackhawks this season and has a goal in five consecutive games heading into Friday nights tilt against the Vancouver Canucks.

Teammates say he should be on the ballot.

I dont understand that, Troy Brouwer said. He may get overlooked because of other players on the team. I know every team can only send so many players but hes a name that shouldnt be lost and should get some recognition.

Turco starting

Marty Turco will start Friday night against the Canucks, his first action since Nov. 24 against San Jose. Corey Crawford has started three consecutive games, winning all of them.

Hes excited about getting back in and he wants to play, Quenneville said. Crawford, I know he won, but you still think about keeping them both active and giving them both a chance to play.

Briefly

There were no changes to either Marian Hossa (lower body) or Fernando Pisani (upper body). Quenneville said he hoped Pisani, whos still listed as day to day, could return to the ice soon.

Tracey Myers is CSNChicago.com's Blackhawks Insider. Follow Tracey on Twitter @TramyersCSN for up-to-the-minute Hawks information.

Are Canadiens eyeing possible trade with Blackhawks?

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Are Canadiens eyeing possible trade with Blackhawks?

The NHL trade deadline isn’t for another two-plus months, but this is an important time of year because all 31 teams have a pretty good idea of what its roster is as the standings take shape going into the 2020 calendar year. 

Management groups across the league are starting to gather more information and dig deeper on players they could be interested in ahead of the Feb. 24 deadline, whether it’s a buyer or a seller.

One frequent observer in Chicago has been the Montreal Canadiens, who have heavily scouted both the Blackhawks and Rockford IceHogs in the American Hockey League. Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin has been spotted multiple times at the United Center this season, including Sunday, and has made several trips to Rockford as well.

It’s believed the Canadiens are searching for a left-handed shot defenseman and that’s a position the Blackhawks have a surplus of. Erik Gustafsson, most notably, is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season and there haven’t been any talks about a possible extension to this point, according to a source.

With Drake Caggiula (concussion protocol), Duncan Keith (groin) and Andrew Shaw (concussion protocol) sidelined, the Blackhawks have had the opportunity to evaluate some of their prospects at the NHL level recently.

Dennis Gilbert and Anton Wedin have gotten several looks already, and same with Adam Boqvist and Matthew Highmore, both of whom were recalled on Monday ahead of the Blackhawks' three-game road trip. Dylan Sikura was called up over the weekend and made his season debut on Sunday against the Arizona Coyotes.

It’s too early to speculate what the Blackhawks’ trade-deadline plans may be because it will likely be determined by where they sit in the standings come February, but it’s worth monitoring going forward, as we discussed on the latest Blackhawks Talk Podcast. The Blackhawks and Canadiens are each five points out of a playoff spot in their respective conferences.

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Why are the Blackhawks so inconsistent?

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Why are the Blackhawks so inconsistent?

On the latest Blackhawks Talk Podcast, Charlie Roumeliotis and Nick Gismondi discuss the coaches getting involved in practice (0:40), the latest roster moves (2:45), Dennis Gilbert standing up for Alex DeBrincat (7:15), Robin Lehner's shootout struggles (13:45), the Blackhawks' inconsistency woes (17:45), performance vs. results (23:50) and the importance of the next eight games (27:35).

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