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2/1/2013 11:45:43 AM
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(Sports Network) - The Vancouver Canucks will aim for a second straight win tonight when they play host to the Chicago Blackhawks at Rogers Arena.

The two teams haven't played each other since March 21, when Duncan Keith elbowed Daniel Sedin in the head. Keith was suspended five games while Sedin missed the remaining nine regular season games and the first three of the Canucks' five playoff games against the L.A. Kings.

Watch the battle unfold live on TSN and TSN Mobile TV at 10pm et/7pm pt.

The Canucks halted a two-game slide with Wednesday's 3-0 triumph over visiting Colorado. The Canucks improved to 16-0-2 in the last 18 meetings with the Avalanche.

Roberto Luongo earned his 61st career shutout with a 24-save performance in the win. Although he entered this season battling trade rumours and was named the backup to Cory Schneider, Luongo will get his third straight start tonight.

Luongo is 1-0-2 with a 1.61 goals against average and .938 save percentage this season, while Schneider is 2-2-0 with a 3.13 GAA and .897 save percentage.

Jason Garrison and Maxim Lapierre each potted their first goal of the season in Wednesday's win, and Zack Kassian added a power-play marker.

The Canucks have won four of the last six meetings against Chicago overall and three of five in Vancouver.

The Blackhawks will try to rebound from their first defeat of the season.

By beginning this season 6-0, the Blackhawks were off to the best start to a season in franchise history. Chicago finally was dealt a loss Wednesday evening in Minnesota, but the Blackhawks still managed to gain a point in the shootout decision. Matt Cullen scored the winner in the decisive phase to lift Minnesota to the 3-2 victory at Xcel Energy Center.

In the final round of the shootout, Cullen snuck a quick wrist shot between the pads of Corey Crawford and Patrick Sharp banged his shot off the crossbar to give the Wild the win.

Jonathan Toews and Andrew Shaw scored for the Blackhawks, while Crawford made 23 stops in the loss.

"I think we played well tonight but we have to bury the chances we get and we didn't do that," said Shaw. "I think we'll come out on top the next time."

The loss to Minnesota was the first test in a six-game road trip for the Blackhawks. Chicago is 4-0-1 as the guest so far in this shortened season.

Chicago defenceman Michal Rozsival is questionable for tonight's game after missing the last three outings with a lower body injury.

Duncan Keith, Daniel Sedin (Photo: Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

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(Photo: Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)
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