As a fan, Jordan Schroeder learned it’s never just a game at the United Center.

It’s an event.

As a player, the Vancouver Canucks centre is going to learn Tuesday if that gaudy 12-0-3 start by the Chicago Blackhawks is real, or just a mirage.

Kind of like what the critics have said about Schroeder. His effectiveness on a speed line with Mason Raymond and Jannik Hansen was nullified Sunday with the alignment held to one shot in a 4-3 shootout loss to the St. Louis Blues.

Now, four games in the next six nights will be a better indication if speed kills in the long run, or if Alain Vigneault has to keep juggling his lines in the short term.

“I don’t know if it’s a concern, but I know we’ll get those answers as we move forward,” the Canucks coach said Monday.

“If you use it (speed) the right way and are willing to go to tough areas, then it can be effective.”