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Slap shots: The Canucks come to town

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usa.jpgHere's a quick update from Friday's morning skate before the Hawks face the Vancouver Canucks at the United Center:

Who will be in goal?

Cristobal Huet will start his second consecutive game Friday against the Canucks. He allowed two goals on 14 shots against the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday -- goals he called "questionable" on his part. Both goals, though, could be attributed to defensive lapses in front of him.

Who will be the healthy scratches?

Coach Joel Quenneville said John Madden, a healthy scratch Wednesday against the Oilers, will play vs. the Canucks. Brent Sopel was also scratched against the Oilers, but Quenneville didn't comment on his availability. Colin Fraser was one of the last players off the ice during the morning skate, which is usually a sign of a player being a healthy scratch.

What do the Hawks expect from Vancouver?

"It's a big game," Quenneville said. "It's a first-place team [in the Northwest Division]. It's a familiar opponent as well from last year's playoffs, and we had some competitive games this year as well. It's our last meeting. We know the value and the importance of where they're at and where we want to be."

What happened in their last meeting?

Tonight is the fourth and final meeting between the Hawks and Canucks, who have a 2-1 edge. After two close games, Vancouver walloped the Hawks 5-1 on Jan. 23. It was during the Hawks' season-long eight-game trip, and Quenneville called it a "dud" game afterward.

Olympic teammates together again ...

Brent Seabrook, Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith will face Team Canada teammate and Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo. Patrick Kane will meet Team USA linemate Ryan Kesler, and Marian Hossa and Tomas Kopecky will be on the ice again with Slovakia teammate Pavol Demitra.

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