Originally written on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 11/15/14
The Rivalry Resumes

Is it just me or do the Vancouver Canucks have more rivals than anyone else in the NHL? On Tuesday the Canucks begin the second half of their season at home against one of their more heated and hated rivals, the Chicago Blackhawks.

Chicago Blackhawks (29-15-6) at Vancouver Canucks (30-15-4)
When: 10:00 PM ET, Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Where: Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia
Broadcast: TSN, WGN
Hawks vs. Canucks Betting Lines from Bodog
Spread: Not Posted As Of Press Time (Will update in AM)
Moneyline: Not Posted As Of Press Time (Will update in AM)
Over/Under: Not Posted As Of Press Time (Will update in AM)
*NHL ATS Matchup Report*

A marquee matchup it is but if injured stars Jonathan Toews and Patrick Shark sit out (both are questionable), a little luster is taken off the match. Still, it should be a good one!

The Chicago Blackhawks went into the All-Star break with two consecutive losses to division rival Nashville and now they find themselves in fourth place in the Central.

Shocking I know!

Toews and Sharp’s absence is a huge deal –the team was left scrambling for some forward help and settled on a washed-up Brendan Morrison before the break.

Chicago is 2nd in goals for this season but are a surprisingly bad 22nd in goals against. Nobody has been particularly hot for the Hawks except for Marion Hossa who has at least a point in nine straight games (3 goals and 8 assists).

Patrick Kane looked loose at the All-Star festivities but he hasn’t been doing all that much for the Hawks as of late.

There is no word as to who will start in goal for Chicago. Ray Emery is the hotter of the two and has gone 8-2-1 with a 2.08 goals against average in his last 13 games while Corey Crawford has struggled going 0-2-0 with a 3.75 goals against average in his last two.

The Vancouver Canucks looked somewhat average going into the All-Star break. Hopes are that a little rest and a long stretch at home will have done them some good.

Vancouver is 6-2-2 in their last 10 games and currently sits second in the Western Conference.

Vancouver has slipped to fifth in goals scored but they still own the best power play in the game. Recently, the offense has been buoyed by role players.

Daniel Sedin has been uncharacteristically quiet and Henrik Sedin is pointless in his last four games.

David Booth has been terrific since returning from injury and has three points in two games, Cody Hodgson has five goals and four assists in 10 games and even Mayson Raymond has pitched in with two points in two games.

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Vancouver Canucks Odds & Handicapping Preview

Roberto Luongo will start in goal on Tuesday and so he should. Lou has shaken his early slump and has gone 10-4-2 with a 2.02 goals against average and a .934 save percentage in his last 17 games.

Dave’s Free Canucks Betting Predictions

After nearly a week off for both teams, anything could happen. But the possible absence of Patrick Sharp and Jonathan Toews is a huge determining factor. Each team has blown the other out this season – each win coming in enemy territory.

Look for the Canucks to buck that trend and to put together a solid team effort to start off the second half of the season.

Vancouver has been their own worst enemy times this season – there is absolutely no way they will look sleepy or bored against their hated Western Conference rivals!

Pick: Vancouver Canucks (Odds Not Posted As Of Press Time (Will update in AM))

Here are some interesting Player Props for Tuesday’s game:

Patrick Kane Goals
Line = 0.5 Over (2.00) | Under (1.35)

Total Power Play Goals
Line = 1.5 Over (1.55) | Under (1.70)

Dan Hamhuis Points
Line = 0.5 Over (1.75) | Under (1.50)

Henrik Sedin Points
Line = 1.5 Over (1.80) | Under (1.45)

Daniel Sedin Shots on Goal
Line = 4.5 Over (1.75) | Under (1.50)

Ryan Kesler Goals
Line = 0.5 Over (1.80) | Under (1.45)

Alex Burrows Goals
Line = 0.5 Over (1.80) | Under (1.45)

Alexander Edler Shots on Goal
Line = 2.5 Over (1.45) | Under (1.80)

Kevin Bieksa Penalty Minutes
Line = 0.5 Over (1.70) | Under (1.55)

Chicago Shots on Goal
Line = 32.5 Over (1.60) | Under (1.60)

Cody Hodgson Points
Line = 0.5 Over (1.70) | Under (1.55)

David Booth Shots on Goal
Line = 2.5 Over (1.50) | Under (1.75)

(Click To Bet Now At Bodog (Bovada.lv If Your In USA))

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