Canucks At Predators Game Preview: Two Of The NHL's Best Defensive Teams Battle

CANUCKS
PREDATORS

AT

Time Thurs. 5:00 PM PST
TV Sportsnet Pac.
Season Series 1-0 Canucks
Last Meeting
2-1 Canucks (Jan. 26/11)
The Enemy On The Forecheck Scoring Leaders D. Sedin: 29-44-73 Weber: 11-24-35
Canucks
Category   Predators  
37-12-9 Season Record 30-19-8
1st
Conference Position 4th
Won 1
Streak Lost 1
17-8-4
< Road Record / Home Record >
13-5-7
8-2-0
Last 10 4-4-2
+59
Goals For / Against +/- +16
3.34 (1)
Goals Per Game 2.54 (26)
2.28 (1)
Goals Against Per Game 2.32 (2)
1.34 (2)
5 On 5 GF/GA 1.08 (10)
25.4 (1)
Power Play %
15.3 (25)
85.2 (5)
Penalty Kill %
86.4 (2)
32.0 (9)
Shots Per Game 28.9 (24)
30.4 (18)
 Shots Against Per Game 30.4 (16) 
81.6 (4)
Winning % When Scoring First 69.0 (16)
92.6 (4)
Winning % When Leading After 1 65.4 (24) 
30.0 (17)
Winning % When Trailing After 1 35.7 (12) 
90.3 (11)
Winning % When Leading After 2 81.5 (21) 
55.4 (1)
Faceoffs % 50.5 (14)
11.6 (13)
PIM's Per Game Average
8.9 (3) 
NHL.com

Update: You need to see this.

Update: Dan Murphy on Twitter tonight: sportsnetmurph: Oberg not in MAN line-up tonight. Bad sign. Kevin Bieksa X-rays on foot last night were negative. Went for further testing today. Oh please no...

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If you are going by the stats above, the last score result when these teams battled and the way the Canucks played against the Wild last game you might guess that this may be a low-scoring tight-checking affair. The Preds have not scored a lot of goals this season but to their credit have won 2 of their last 3 games and scored 10 goals in the process. Their last game was a 2-1 overtime loss to the Sharks. Personally I don't see the Canucks changing their strategy all that much in this one given the amount of injuries they have on their defence and it being the end of a road trip. If they can get an early 2-goal lead I can see them sitting back defensively again. Whatever works!

LINKS

-Ryan Kesler's Hart Problem (Puck Daddy).

-Andrew Alberts underwent surgery on his wrist and will miss 2 months. (National Post)

-Roberto Luongo stopped 26 shots against the Predators last month and has gone 3-1-0 with a 2.43 goals-against average in his last four starts in Nashville. He made 33 saves in the teams' last matchup at Bridgestone Arena, a 4-2 Canucks victory March 7. Nashville, which has lost of five of six home meetings with Vancouver, is looking to rebound from a 2-1 overtime loss to San Jose on Tuesday. The Predators have dropped all five of their contests decided in OT. (CBS Sports game preview)

-Mike Fisher talks about his trade to Nashville.

-JP Dumont trade speculation growing (On The Forecheck).

-Goal of the Week....what a great idea over at On The Forecheck. Think we should steal it?




PROJECTED STARTING GOALTENDERS


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Roberto Luongo 41 2449 26 8 91 2.23 1235 1144 .926 3



GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Pekka Rinne 40 2344 20 14 82 2.10 1166 1084 .930 4




WHO'S HOT / COLD

CANUCKS

HOT

-Ryan Kesler: 3 goals and 3 assists in his last 5 games.

-Alexandre Burrows: 8 goals and 4 assists in his last 11. (Longest current scoring streak in the NHL ended vs Wild)

-Mikael Samuelsson: 8 goals and 7 assists in his last 10. Holy Mackinaw!

-Manny Malhotra: 1 goal and 3 assists in his last 3 games.

-Christian Ehrhoff: 1 goal and 4 assists in his last 5.

COLD

-m'eh!

 

PREDATORS

HOT

-Martin Erat: 2 goals and 2 assists in his last 3 games.

-Sergei Kostitsyn: 3 goals and 2 assists in his last 5.

-David Legwand: 2 goals and 2 assists in his last 3.

COLD

-JP Dumont: 0 points in his last 8 games. Was a healthy scratch last game.

 

NOTABLE INJURIES

CANUCKS

-D Alexander Edler: back

-D Keith Ballard: knee

-D Dan Hamhuis: concussion

-D Andrew Alberts: broken wrist

-D Lee Sweatt: broken foot

PREDATORS

-D Francis Bouillon: upper body

-F Matthew Lombardi: concussion

 

VIDEO

The last meeting: Gonna Make You Sweatt!

Burrows Goes Off On Auger

First time we saw the Green Men was vs the Predators last season, IIRC:


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F*CK YOU ASSVILLE!

GO CANUCKS!

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