Predators At Canucks Game Preview: Another Game Against A Desperate Team

PREDATORS
CANUCKS

AT

Time Thurs. 7:00 PM PST
TV Sportsnet Pac
Season Series 1-1
Last Meeting
3-1 Preds (Feb.17/11)
The Enemy On The Forecheck Scoring Leaders D. Sedin: 32-47-79 Weber: 13-26-39
Predators
Category   Canucks 
32-23-9 Season Record 40-15-9
9th
Conference Position 1st
Lost 1
Streak Won 1
17-16-2
< Road Record / Home Record >
23-6-5
4-4-2
Last 10 5-5-0
-11
Goals For / Against +/- +58
2.44 (28)
Goals Per Game 3.23 (3)
2.33 (3)
Goals Against Per Game 2.28 (2)
1.08 (11)
5 On 5 GF/GA 1.29 (2)
15.0 (27)
Power Play %
24.5 (2)
85.5 (4)
Penalty Kill %
85.9 (2)
28.9 (25)
Shots Per Game 32.0 (8)
30.1 (13)
 Shots Against Per Game 30.1 (14) 
67.7 (16)
Winning % When Scoring First 81.0 (4)
65.4 (26)
Winning % When Leading After 1 90.0 (3) 
33.3 (11)
Winning % When Trailing After 1 0 (30)
79.3 (25)
Winning % When Leading After 2 90.6 (9) 
50.4 (15)
Faceoffs % 55.2 (1)
9.1 (3)
PIM's Per Game Average
11.3 (12) 
NHL.com

I may be a bit off but I believe this will be the 9th time in the last 11 games the Canucks are playing a team that is either barely out of a playoff spot or barely in. Nashville would have dropped to 10th spot had the Wild not lost to the Islanders Wednesday night. The Preds scoreboard watch while the team is in a slump. They have lost 5 of their last 6 games since beating the Canucks on February 17. Gee I didn't know we had that kind of effect on people. Hell, I blame Carrie Underwood. Just because. Also, they have lost 6 of their last 7 road games. Blame Bud Adams?

The Canucks have been playing the win 1 / lose 1 game to perfection since February 7, and they don't seem to be concerned about it. Neither am I. But it would be nice to see a kickass effort from them in their final home game before embarking on a 5 game road trip that at least keeps them in Western North America for the entire 5 games.

LINKS

-Mike Fisher has scored 1 goal in 9 games as a Pred. That came against Vancouver.

-KING OF THE RINK: Aaron Rome.

-Canucks in a slump, and in first place. (The Province) Says Samuelsson:

"You begin to feel more comfortable (at the top of the standings), like the whole dressing room does," he said. "You settle down. You don't have to win every game, that's the position we're in now. It's actually a good feeling.

"You can say we're in a slump, but I say 'who cares?'

"We are still in a great position."


PROJECTED STARTING GOALTENDERS


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Roberto Luongo 46 2746 28 11 104 2.27 1370 1266 .924 3


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Pekka Rinne 47 2764 22 18 98 2.13 1360 1262 .928 4

 

WHO'S HOT / COLD


CANUCKS

HOT

-NONE

COLD

-The Sedins have no points in their last 2 games. That's a tad unusual for them.

-Alexandre Burrows: no points in his last 4 games, 2 assists in his last 7.

PREDATORS

HOT

-Ryan Suter: 1 goal and 2 assists in his last 3.

COLD

-JP Dumont: 0 points in his last 13 games.

-Martin Erat: 1 assist in his last 5 games.

-Patric Hornqvist: 0 points in his last 5.

-Sergei Kostitsyn: 1 goal 0 assists in his last 7

NOTABLE INJURIES

CANUCKS

-D Alexander Edler: back

-D Kevin Bieksa: broken foot

-D Andrew Alberts: broken wrist

-D Lee Sweatt: broken foot

-F Chris Higgins: broken thumb, est. 2-3 weeks

PREDATORS

-D Francis Bouillon (concussion)

-F Steve Sullivan (groin)

-F Marcel Goc (shoulder surgery)

VIDEO

The last meeting:


Carrie-underwood-435_medium

CARRIE UNDERWOOD ISN'T THE ONLY THING THAT SUCKS.

GO CANUCKS!

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