The Vancouver Canucks travel to Chicago to face the Blackhawks with both teams hoping to get a win and turn their seasons around. The Canucks have lost back-to-back games while the Blackhawks have yet to win a game this season in their first four regular-season games. Both teams are looking to bounce back in the upcoming game and hopefully turn their seasons around.
Canucks defense continues to struggleThe Canucks started out the season promising with a 5-4 win over the Flyers but have lost consecutive games to start the season with one win and three losses. The hope is that the offense can step up as the Canucks are only scoring 2.25 goals per game. JT Miller and Conor Garland have led the offense with a combined two goals and seven assists but the rest of the unit has struggled and the forward lines have become an issue for the Canucks as a result.
In addition to the offense struggling the defense has been one of the worst in the NHL, allowing 3.50 goals per game. Tyler Myers and Tucker Poolman have combined for 14 blocked shots but the rest of the defensive unit has struggled and Quinn Hughes, who is one of the best scoring defensemen in the NHL, continues to be a liability for the Canucks on the defensive end of the ice. In the net, Thatcher Demko has allowed 10 goals on 111 shots resulting in a .910 save percentage and a 3.18 goals-against average, helping keep games close.
Blackhawks have struggled on both ends of the ice this seasonThe Blackhawks have yet to win a game this season and have played poorly throughout the first four games this season. The offense has only scored eight goals this season and was almost shut out in their recent 4-1 defeat. Kirby Dach and Dominik Kubalik have combined for four goals while Patrick Kane has added a goal and three assists but the backend of the Blackhawks forward unit has struggled.
In addition to the offense struggling, the defense has been awful this season, allowing 4.25 goals per game. Calvin de Haan has 11 blocked shots while Seth Jones and Jake McCabe have combined for 14 blocked shots but the backend of the defensive unit has struggled and allowed opponents to find open shots on the net. In addition, reigning goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury has struggled to start the season, allowing 12 goals on 75 shots for a .840 save percentage and 5.63 goals against average, and hopes to turn around his season fast.