Canucks At Predators Game Preview: Honky Tonk Heartbreak?

Smug And Preening
Great Coach, Cheap Owners

AT

Time Tues. 5:00 PM PST
TV Sportsnet P, FS-TN
Season Series 2-1 Predators
Last Meeting
3-0 Preds (Mar.03/2011)
The Enemy On The Forecheck Scoring Leaders D. Sedin: 40-56-96 Weber: 16-30-46
Canucks
Category   Preds
50-17-9 Season Record 41-25-10
1st
Conference Position 6th
Won 3
Streak Won 6
25-9-4
< Road Record / Home Record >
22-8-7
9-1-0
Last 10 8-1-1
+72
Goals For / Against +/- +23
3.20 (1)
Goals Per Game 2.58 (25)
2.24 (1)
Goals Against Per Game 2.30 (2)
1.28 (2)
5 On 5 GF/GA 1.18 (4)
25.3 (1)
Power Play %
15.1 (26)
86.3 (2)
Penalty Kill %
84.2 (6)
31.9 (7)
Shots Per Game 29.0 (22)
30.4 (15)
 Shots Against Per Game 30.3 (13) 
83.3 (1)
Winning % When Scoring First 71.1 (14)
91.2 (4)
Winning % When Leading After 1 68.8 (23) 
21.4 (19)
Winning % When Trailing After 1 40.0 (2)
92.3 (8)
Winning % When Leading After 2 82.4 (22) 
1688 (16)
Hits 1595 (22) 
1019 (23)
Blocked Shots
926 (28)
55.1 (1)
Faceoffs % 50.1 (19)
11.2 (12)
PIM's Per Game Average
8.8 (1) 
NHL.com

Lately we've seen the Canucks play 5 non playoff teams in their last 7 games. A lot of the time they seem to be coasting against inferior teams. I get this feeling that those kind of efforts are not going to fly against the Preds, who have won 6 in a row to solidify their playoff spot. These guys don't score a lot of goals, but get it done defensively, get great goaltending, and play disciplined hockey. I was a bit shocked to see them ranked 26th in the NHL on the power play and even 28th overall in shot-blocking (see above).

I mostly wish this f*cking regular season was over. I'm sick of seeing injuries and don't want to see anymore of them. The Canucks are going to clinch top spot anyway. All that matters to me now is Daniel Sedin winning the Art Ross trophy and if he is lucky, the Rocket Richard.

 

PROJECTED STARTING GOALTENDERS


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Roberto Luongo 56 3351 35 14 122 2.18 1666 1544 .927 3


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Pekka Rinne 58 3428 30 20 120 2.10 1698 1578 .929 6

 

WHO'S HOT / COLD


CANUCKS

HOT

-Daniel Sedin:  8 goals and 9 assists in his last 11.

-Henrik Sedin: 4 goals and 11 assists in his last 11.

-Mason Raymond: 1 goal and 3 assists in his last 2 games. MayRay is lookin' sharp now.

-Roberto Luongo has won 6 of his last 7 starts. He is the lord my Luongod.

Let's go Higgins! Clap clap clap-clap-clap!

COLD

-Jeff Tambellini: 0 points in his last 18. I give up.

-Jannik Hansen: 1 assist in his last 9.

-Maxim Lapierre: 1 goal and no assists in his first 13 games as a Canuck.

 

PREDATORS

HOT

-Patric Hornqvist: 1 goal and 4 assists in his last 3 games.

-Sergei Kostitsyn: He's alive! 3 goals and 5 assists in his last 6.

-David Legwand: Sucks on NHL 11 but lately in real life: 6 goals and 3 assists in his last 6. Mamma Mia

-Ryan Suter: 7 assists in his last 6 games

-Pekka Rinne: 5 straight wins, seeing a lot of shots too.

 

COLD

-Shane O'Brien: 1 assist in his last 30. Haha, yeah I know he's not an offensive d-man. I just don't like him.

-Jerrod Smithson: 1 assist in his last 21.

 

NOTABLE INJURIES

CANUCKS

-D Alexander Edler: back surgery

-D Andrew Alberts: broken wrist

-D Lee Sweatt: broken foot

-D Dan Hamhuis: concussion

-F Tanner Glass: ribs- questionable for NSH

-F Manny Malhotra: eye. Out for season

-F Mikael Samuelsson: lower body, doubtful for NSH

 

PREDATORS

-F Matthew Lombardi: concussion

-F Steve Sullivan: groin.

-F Marcel Goc: shoulder surgery

-F Cal O'Reilly: broken fibula

VIDEO

The Last Meeting:

Oh look! A death metal rooster!

Old school Higgins Compilation. See where he is when he scores many of those goals?

GO CANUCKS GO!

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