2011 Blackhawks Schedule: Weekend Games Against Tampa Bay, Vancouver

CHICAGO - OCTOBER 20: Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks awaits a pass between Roberto Luongo #1 (L) and Daniel Sedin #22 of the Vancouver Canucks at the United Center on October 20 2010 in Chicago Illinois. The Blackhawks defeated the Canucks 2-1 in a shootout. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Jonathan Toews; Roberto Luongo; Daniel Sedin

The Chicago Blackhawks are getting prepared for a couple of games this weekend, as they visit the Lightning in Tampa Bay before hosing the Canucks at the United Center.

The Chicago Blackhawks have been off to a strong start this season, and they hope to continue that run in their pair of games this weekend. Let's take a quick look at those games here, as the Hawks visit the Lightning in Tampa Bay before coming home to face the Vancouver Canucks.

Nov. 4: @ Tampa Bay Lightning (6:30 p.m. CT on CSN)

Chicago's first match of the weekend comes on the road against Tampa Bay. The Lightning haven't played so far this season, generally riding near .500, but they've played better at home than they have on the road. It certainly doesn't help that the Blackhawks play significantly better at the United Center than they do anywhere else.

Nov. 6: vs. Vancouver Canucks (6:30 p.m. CT on WGN)

Two days after facing the Lightning on the road, the Blackhawks return home to face the Canucks at the United Center. The Hawks have typically played much better in front of the home fans, although the Canucks have been battling back of late from an early-season five-game losing streak.

For more in-depth coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks, be sure to visit Second City Hockey. For news and notes from around the NHL, head over to SB Nation NHL.

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