Predators At Canucks Game 1 Preview: From A Great Height

PREDATORS (44-27-11)
CANUCKS (54-19-9)

AT

Time Thurs 6:00 PM PST
TV CBC
Reg. Season Series 2-2
Last Meeting
3-1 Canucks
The Enemy On The Forecheck Scoring Leaders D. Sedin: 5-2-7 Fisher: 3-3-6
Preds
Category Canucks
Won 2
Streak Won 1
2-1
< Road Record / Home Record >
3-1
+2
Goals For / Against +/- -8
3.67 (2)
Goals Per Game 2.29 (14)
3.33 (11)
Goals Against Per Game 3.14 (10)
1.60 (4)
5 On 5 GF/GA 0.79 (12)
22.2 (6)
Power Play %
22.2 (6)
63.6 (16)
Penalty Kill %
79.3 (8)
31.7 (7)
Shots Per Game 31.1 (9)
27.2 (2)
 Shots Against Per Game 30.9 (7)
100
Winning % When Scoring First 75
100
Winning % When Leading After 1 75
0
Winning % When Trailing After 1 50
100
Winning % When Leading After 2 100
159 (13)
Hits 281 (1)
76 (13)
Blocked Shots
74 (14)
53.7 (2)
Faceoffs % 48.1 (12)
12.8 (9)
PIM's Per Game Average
18.3 (16)
NHL.com

Geez, can't I just be hung over in peace? No, Round 2 starts right away for the Canucks. The Predators have been sitting in limbo since Sunday, after disposing of the Ducks in 6 games. This is new ground for Nashville, who has never been to round 2 in the history of their franchise. Early prognostications have this being a much less exciting series. Lots of defence. Less goals. I'm willing to keep an open mind and accept that this series could be better than that.

Do not underestimate the Predators. Take a look at their player stats from round 1. They get scoring from a lot of different players. That is something that the Canucks did not have against the Blackhawks. But we do have a second line in Raymond-Kesler-Burrows that looks better and better all the time. So at least some of the pressure is off the Sedins.

I think this series is going the distance. At least 6, in my opinion. I have a lot of respect for this Preds team. Scroll down the page to see what else is going on with these 2 teams. The Canucks' "cold" list below is disturbing, as is the Preds' hot/cold list.

Well whaddaya know..2 Vezina finalists in the same series. Looking forward to the goalie match up.

LINKS

-Despite Game 7 win, Vancouver Canucks still face pressure cooker. (Mike Chen, SBN)

-Mike Gillis fined for referee rant. (TSN). Oh well, at least the officiating was much better in game 7.

-Dan Hamhuis talks about Game 7 and playing against his former team. (Canucks.com).

-Dirk Hoag from On The Forecheck talks Preds/Canucks with the Kurtenbloggers. You really need to check that out for a good look at what the Preds are all about.

-The Province eats crow about Luongo.

-Nice work, Canucks fans (Vancouver Sun)

-How the Preds can shut down the Sedin Twins (On The Forecheck). That's easy. Shadow Dank. Hank won't shoot. haha

PROJECTED FORWARDS DRESSED

CANUCKS

Daniel Sedin-Henrik Sedin-Mikael Samuelsson

Mason Raymond-Ryan Kesler-Alexandre Burrows

Chris Higgins-Maxim Lapierre-Jannik Hansen

Victor Oreskovich-Tanner Glass-Raffi Torres

PREDATORS

Martin Erat-David Legwand-Joel Ward

Sergei Kostitsyn-Mike Underwood-Patric Hornqvist

Nick Spaling-Jerrod Smithson-Jordin Tootoo

Steve Sullivan-Blake Geoffrion-JP Dumont/Matt Halischuk

STARTING GOALTENDERS


Roberto Luongo

#1 / Goalie / Vancouver Canucks

6-3

217

Apr 04, 1979

Profile: Ass-kicker, critic-silencer



GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Roberto Luongo 7 343 4 3 18 2.97 175 158 .903 1


Pekka Rinne

#35 / Goalie / Nashville Predators

6-5

207

Nov 03, 1982

Profile: The Pred that worries me the most



GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Pekka Rinne 6 346 4 2 19 3.29 153 134 .876 0

 

WHO IS HOT / COLD

CANUCKS

HOT

-Alexandre Burrows: 3 goals and 2 assists in his last 2 games.

COLD

-Henrik Sedin: 1 assist in his last 4 games.

-Ryan Kesler: 1 assist in his last 3.

-Maxim Lapierre: 1 goal in his last 31.

-Tanner Glass: 0 points in his last 18.

-Jannik Hansen: 0 points in his last 5.

-Christopher Higgins: 0 points in his last 6.

-Mikael Samuelsson: 1 goal and 1 assist in his last 9.

-Raffi Torres: 0 points in his last 10.

PREDATORS

HOT

-Martin Erat: 1 goal and 2 assists in his last 3 games.

-Mike Fisher: 3 goals and 6 points in his last 6.

-David Legwand: 1 goal and 1 assist in his last 2.

-Nick Spaling: 2 goals and 2 assist in his last 2 games. WTF.

-Jordin Tootoo: 4 assists in his last 2 games.

-Joel Ward: 3 goals and 2 assists in his last 5.

-Shea Weber: 3 goals and 2 assists in his last 6.

COLD

-None really. JP Dumont is a $4 million healthy scratch lately unless Erat is hurt.


INJURIES

CANUCKS

-F Manny Malhotra: eye, out for playoffs

-D Sami Salo: still no word on Salo

PREDATORS

-F Matthew Lombardi: concussion. Out all season

-F Cal O'Reilly: broken fibula, may return in this series.

-F Marcel Goc: shoulder

-D Francis Boullion: concussion

 

VIDEO

The last meeting between the Canucks/Preds:

I believe the first ever appearance by the Green Men was vs Nashville:

The title of this post is brought to you by Radiohead "Paranoid Android":

 

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