Only four points separate the Vancouver Canucks (15-17-5) and the Chicago Blackhawks (17-13-5) coming out of the Christmas break. Both teams will have an opportunity to bolster their positions in the Western Conference standings Thursday night (10 PM ET on SN360) when the Blackhawks visit Vancouver.
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At only two games below .500 nearly half-way through the season, most Canucks fans have to be pleasantly surprised with their team’s success. They’re only five points out of the final Wildcard spot in the West, and have Calder Trophy candidate, Brock Boeser, firing on all cylinders. The rookie has proven to be among the league’s best shooters, averaging a point per game through 34 contests (20 goals, 14 assists). Look for him to lead the Canucks once again against a veteran Blackhawks club.
Chicago, though only one point back of the Anaheim Ducks for the final Wildcard spot in the West, expects to be in the playoffs this season. The Blackhawks are in one of the most competitive divisions in the NHL this season, and they’ve struggled against their division foes. Now in the midst of a mini two-game losing streak, Chicago enters Thursday’s contest in need of a win against a team that they should beat. Don’t miss the drama of this Western Conference showdown.