Duncan Keith out for Blackhawks

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks renewed their rivalry with the Vancouver Canucks Sunday night but did it without defenseman Duncan Keith.

"He's not going tonight," coach Joel Quenneville declared Sunday morning before the Blackhawks lost 6-2. "We're looking for him on the next road trip."

The two teams met for the first time since a hard-fought seven-game series in last spring's Stanley Cup playoffs. Vancouver ousted Chicago but not before the Blackhawks took them to the brink after getting down three games to none.

"We've had a great start to this season but we know this is a game they've been preparing for as much as we have," Jonathan Toews said.

Roberto Luongo started in net for Vancouver and Corey Crawford went for Chicago.

"I've always liked playing in this rink," Luongo said before making 38 saves in the win. "It's one of my favorite barns to play in. I've had some great games in here (and) some not-so-great games."

Dave Bolland was asked if the newcomers, including outspoken tough guy Daniel Carcillo, understand the rivalry between the teams.

"They've seen how our games have gone in the past and I think they know how it is when Vancouver comes to town," Bolland said. "They sort of know what kind of game this is. It'll be like a playoff game."

Canucks forward Alex Burrows and defenseman Sami Salo missed the game with injuries.

Jesse Rogers covers the Blackhawks for ESPN 1000 and ESPNChicago.com.