Mark it down wherever you mark things down. The Vancouver Canucks will be hosting the Chicago Blackhawks during the first round of the 2010-2011 NHL playoffs.
It came down to the wire as to whom the Canucks would face. It was going to be either the Chicago Blackhawks or the Dallas Stars.
It would have most certainly been the Blackhawks if they had beaten the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday afternoon but they ended up losing that game 4-3.
Which meant that the Stars would have gotten into the playoffs as the final 8th seed in the Western Conference if they had won in regulation or overtime against the Minnesota Wild on Sunday.
Win and you’re in. Sounds easy but it’s not.
The Stars ended up losing their game against the Wild 5-3 leading the Blackhawks to secure the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
The Canucks and their fans are no strangers to the Blackhawks seeing as how the Blackhawks, the defending Stanley Cup champions, have ousted the Canucks from the playoffs the last two years.
Hopefully the third time’s a charm.
The 2010-2011 NHL playoff match-ups are as follows:
1st Seed Vancouver Canucks vs. 8th Seed Chicago Blackhawks
2nd Seed San Jose Sharks vs. 7th Seed Los Angeles Kings
3rd Seed Detroit Red Wings vs. 6th Seed Phoenix Coyotes
4th Seed Anaheim Ducks vs. 5th Seed Nashville Predators
1st Seed Washington Capitals vs. 8th Seed New York Rangers
2nd Seed Philadelphia Flyers vs. 7th Seed Buffalo Sabres
3rd Seed Boston Bruins vs. Montreal Canadiens
4th Seed Pittsburgh Penguins vs. 5th Seed Tampa Bay Lightning
The playoffs start this coming Wednesday. Are you ready for some NHL playoff hockey? We at The Canuck Way certainly are! Let’s get that puck dropped!