Though the Vancouver Canucks finally “slayed the dragon” that is the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2011 playoffs, they are still considered their number one playoff nemesis.
TSN.ca has predicted that the Chicago Blackhawks will represent the Western conference in the NHL finals this year, albeit conceding the Stanley Cup to the Washington Capitals.
Blackhawk Up, from the Fansided network, delivers their season preview for the Canucks’ perennial playoff dance partner:
“Ah, to bring Jeremy Roenick to tears again.
Make no doubt about it, that’s the mission this year. After suffering through the worst post-Stanley Cup cap crunch of any team since the lockout, the Chicago Blackhawks have re-emerged with most of that core still intact and retooled for what we hope is another deep run in 2012.”