Canucks a go-go in Chi-town

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 9:26 AM ET

Chicago is Brendan Morrison's kinda town. Last year he led Vancouver with two goals and four assists when the Canucks went 4-0 against the hapless Chicago Blackhawks.

The sweep included 5-4 overtime and 3-2 regulation wins in the Windy City.

When the Canucks blow in for tonight's 5:30 p.m. face-off (Team 1040/pay-per-view), they'll meet an injury-wracked Blackhawk squad.

The playoff prospects are already looking dim for original Canuck Dale Tallon, the 4-4 Blackhawks' general manager.

Expect 0-2 goaltender Brian Boucher to start after Nikolai Khabibulin broke a finger in a Saturday loss to the St. Louis Blues.

The "Bhulin Wall" is gone this week and next. Centre Michal Handzus tore knee ligaments in the same game and is finished for the season.

Leading scorer Martin Havlat (seven goals and six assists) sprained an ankle Friday and won't play for at least two weeks.

Defenceman Cam Barker, a member of Canada's world champion junior team, is on the mend after mid-September ankle surgery.


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