Canucks At Predators Game 3 Preview: From Coast To Coast So You Stop Being Like A Comatose

CANUCKS
PREDATORS

AT

Time Tues. 6:00 PM PST
TV CBC, Versus, RDS
 Series 1-1
Last Meeting
2-1 Predators
The Enemy On The Forecheck Scoring Leaders D. Sedin: 5-2-7 Fisher/Ward: 3-3-6
Canucks
Category Predators
Lost  1
Streak Won 1
1-2
< Road Record / Home Record >
2-1
-8
Goals For / Against +/- +2
2.0 (14)
Goals Per Game 3.0 (7)
2.67 (8)
Goals Against Per Game 2.75 (9)
0.75 (11)
5 On 5 GF/GA 1.64 (3)
16.7 (9)
Power Play %
16.7 (9)
84.2 (6)
Penalty Kill %
71.4 (15)
31.2 (9)
Shots Per Game 32.0 (7)
31.3 (8)
 Shots Against Per Game 28.2 (3)
66.7
Winning % When Scoring First 100
75
Winning % When Leading After 1 100
50
Winning % When Trailing After 1 0
80
Winning % When Leading After 2 100
338 (1)
Hits 223 (5)
105 (12)
Blocked Shots
114 (10)
48.7 (11)
Faceoffs % 52.5 (4)
16.2 (14)
PIM's Per Game Average
11.1 (5)
NHL.com

I still can't get on up for this series. After the insanity of the Chicago series I probably spent most of my emotions there. I suppose I'm also expecting Vancouver to knock of the Preds. Call that cocky all you want. There's also minimal emotion on the ice as well. It's just a massive feeling of calm and not calamity.

This feeling will change if 11 of 12 Canucks players don't start scoring. Alexandre Burrows has 6 points in his last 4 games. The Sedins are laying a collective egg, but the chances are there. Speaking of eggs, Ryan Kesler has a goose egg in the goal category. Most people, like Bob McKenzie, give him all the credit in the world for being our super shut-down guy. I expect some goals. Especially from a 41-goal scorer in the regular season. In 32 playoff games he has 3 goals and 16 assists. 3 goals? I know even the Keslord wants to bag one. Even so, kudos to him for the defensive job he is doing. But if the Canucks lose Game 3 and still only manage 1 goal or less...you know the shitestorm that will ensue.

As for the tight defensive strategies employed by both teams, don't expect that to change.

The Canucks may shuffle the deck for game 3. At practice Monday, Burrows moved back up with the Sedins. Higgins moved up to Kesler and Raymond's line. Mikael Samuelsson was on the 4th line with Tanner Glass and...Cody Hodgson. That would make the 3rd line Torres-Lapierre-Hansen. I'm all for these changes (even the Samuelsson demotion because he's not cutting it), but Alain Vigneault cautioned people not to read too much into what people saw at practice today. I say BS! Go for it! I would even go as far as putting Higgins with the Twins and leaving Burrows with Kesler.

Sami Salo participated in practice today but AV still called him day-to-day at this point.

I am really sick and tired of the Luongo hate. I keep hearing it from Canucks fans and it's irritating me to death. The pressure is on the guys in front of him to score more, not on Lou. No problems with the goalies in this series.

 

PROJECTED FORWARDS DRESSED

CANUCKS

Daniel Sedin-Henrik Sedin-Alexandre Burrows

Mason Raymond-Ryan Kesler-Christopher Higgins

Raffi Torres-Maxim Lapierre-Jannik Hansen

Mikael Samuelsson-Cody Hodgson-Tanner Glass

PREDATORS

Martin Erat-David Legwand-Joel Ward

Sergei Kostitsyn-Mike Underwood-Patric Hornqvist

Nick Spaling-Jerrod Smithson-Jordin Tootoo

Steve Sullivan-Blake Geoffrion-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 9 498 5 4 20 2.29 241 222 .921 2


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 8 499 5 3 21 2.52 216 195 .903 0

 

WHO IS HOT / COLD

CANUCKS

HOT

-Alexandre Burrows: 4 goals and 2 assists in his last 4 games.

COLD

-Henrik Sedin: 1 assist in his last 6 games. (facepalm)

-Daniel Sedin: 1 goal in his last 5. (facepalm)

-Ryan Kesler: 2 assists in his last 5.

-Tanner Glass: 0 points in his last 20.

-Jannik Hansen: 0 points in his last 7.

-Mikael Samuelsson: 1 goal and 1 assist in his last 11. (mega facepalm)

-Raffi Torres: 0 points in his last 12.

PREDATORS

HOT

-Nick Spaling: 2 goals and 3 assists in his last 4 games.

-Jordin Tootoo: 4 assists in his last 4 games.Nothing against the Canucks yet.

-Joel Ward: 3 goals and 3 assists in his last 7.

-Ryan Suter: 1 goal and 1 assist in Game 2.

-Shea Weber: no points in his last 3. Given all the stroking he gets this kinda surprises me.

COLD

-Mike Fisher: 1 assist in his last 5 games.

-Patric Hornqvist: 0 points in his last 4.

-Sergei Kostitsyn: 0 points in his last 4.


INJURIES

CANUCKS

-F Manny Malhotra: eye, out for playoffs

-D Sami Salo: still not much word on Salo. "Day-to-day" says Vigneault.

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

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How about some Denis Leary to cheer you up (if you need it) NSFW:

The title of this post is brought to you by Public Enemy and Anthrax "Bring The Noise." Screw country music.

 

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