|Time||Sat. 6:00 PM PST
||TV||CBC, Versus, RDS
|The Enemy||On The Forecheck||Scoring Leaders||
||< Road Record / Home Record >
||Goals For / Against +/-||-7
||Goals Per Game||2.12 (14)
||Goals Against Per Game||2.75 (9)
||5 On 5 GF/GA||0.86 (11)
||Power Play %
||Penalty Kill %
||Shots Per Game||31.0 (8)
||Shots Against Per Game||29.5 (4)
||Winning % When Scoring First||80
||Winning % When Leading After 1||75
||Winning % When Trailing After 1||50
||Winning % When Leading After 2||100
||Faceoffs %||49.8 (9)
||PIM's Per Game Average
How much will Game 2 differ from Game 1? That is a big question. The Canucks went into Game 1 versus the Predators with all the piss and vinegar that they showed in the final 2 games of the Chicago series and Nashville was dominated everywhere but on special teams and on the score sheet. Is there any let-up from the Canucks now as they are oozing with confidence? How much push-back do the Preds have and will it be enough?
Nashville can go into Game 2 with some confidence of their own. They were outplayed badly and only lost 1-0. They can be confident in Pekka Rinne. But I would love to see the Canucks show the same hustle in Game 2 and put the Preds into a 2-0 hole. Continue the dominance. Don't give them anything. Off with their heads!
The Sedins are both on my COLD list now and that needs to change ASAP. You can see they are getting close to killing their mini slump. It's just a matter of time. That reflects in the team's sucktitude on the power play, where they have not scored with the man advantage since Game 4 of the Chicago series. Good god. Get that going quick. To their credit, they have not allowed a power play goal against in their last 3 games. But more goals are needed. Hank talked about that on Friday: "There are better places to shoot than where we were," said Hank. "Maybe low to the blocker side would be better but a lot of times you don't have to shoot where you want. Anaheim showed us where they should go and that's where we'll have to get more." He makes a good point. They have to get in his face too, but the Preds make that difficult to do.
-Are Canucks fans rubbing the Roger Nielsen statue outside of The Rog for good luck? Whatever you feel works. I think it's great. (Fort Nucks)
-Lapierre and Higgins paying big dividends for the Canucks (The Province)
-Confused by the Luongo pic above? Well scratch your head no more.
PROJECTED FORWARDS DRESSED
Chris Higgins-Maxim Lapierre-Jannik Hansen
Sergei Kostitsyn-Mike Underwood-Patric Hornqvist
#1 / Goalie / Vancouver Canucks
Apr 04, 1979
Profile: Ass-kicker, critic-silencer
|2010 - Roberto Luongo||8||403||5||3||18||2.52||195||178||.913||2|
#35 / Goalie / Nashville Predators
Nov 03, 1982
Profile: The Pred that worries me the most
|2010 - Pekka Rinne||7||404||4||3||20||2.96||183||163||.891||0|
WHO IS HOT / COLD
-Alexandre Burrows: 3 goals and 2 assists in his last 3 games.
-Henrik Sedin: 1 assist in his last 5 games.
-Daniel Sedin: 1 goal in his last 4.
-Ryan Kesler: 1 assist in his last 4.
-Tanner Glass: 0 points in his last 19.
-Jannik Hansen: 0 points in his last 6.
-Mikael Samuelsson: 1 goal and 1 assist in his last 10.
-Raffi Torres: 0 points in his last 11.
-Mike Fisher: 3 goals and 6 points in his last 7.
-Nick Spaling: 2 goals and 2 assist in his last 3 games.
-Jordin Tootoo: 4 assists in his last 3 games. Also good at doing cartwheels.
-Joel Ward: 3 goals and 2 assists in his last 6.
-F Manny Malhotra: eye, out for playoffs
-D Sami Salo: still not much word on Salo. "Day-to-day" says Vigneault.
-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
BOOM Shalock lock BOOM!
This would have been better prior to Game 1 but whatevs. FEEL IT!
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