Canucks At Predators Game 6 Preview: Rhymin' And Stealin'

CANUCKS
PREDATORS

AT

Time Mon. 5:00 PM PST
TV CBC, Versus, RDS
 Series 3-2 Canucks
Last Meeting
4-3 Predators
The Enemy On The Forecheck Scoring Leaders Kesler: 5-8-13 Ward: 7-5-12
Canucks
Category Predators
Lost 1
Streak Won 1
3-2
< Road Record / Home Record >
2-3
-6
Goals For / Against +/- 0
2.33 (14)
Goals Per Game 2.91 (8)
2.67 (7)
Goals Against Per Game 2.91 (10)
0.86 (10)
5 On 5 GF/GA 1.35 (3)
21.2 (7)
Power Play %
16.3 (10)
84.4 (6)
Penalty Kill %
70.3 (16)
32.5 (7)
Shots Per Game 30.0 (11)
29.7 (3)
 Shots Against Per Game 30.5 (4)
71.4
Winning % When Scoring First 80
60
Winning % When Leading After 1 75
66.7
Winning % When Trailing After 1 33.3
83.3
Winning % When Leading After 2 100
416 (1)
Hits 301 (3)
151 (7)
Blocked Shots
174 (4)
50.7 (6)
Faceoffs % 50 (8)
13.8 (11)
PIM's Per Game Average
10.3 (4)
NHL.com

Lots of negativity in Canucks Nation right now and justifiably so after the Canucks' performance in Game 5. They gave that one away. From Luongo-out the effort was unacceptable, with a few exceptions. Ryan Kesler and his line are doing everything possible to close this series out. It was good to see Torres and line 3 cash in. But if your best players are not your best players in the playoffs you are in trouble.

The Sedins' lack of scoring is grating my nerves. A combined -7 in Game 5? Really? Enough is enough! If they aren't scoring then they at least have to work harder at defending. Yeah, plus/minus is a team stat, and several of those minuses were not their fault. However, they are getting smothered and spanked by Shea Weber and Ryan Suter and schooled by Joel Ward and now David Legwand. Ugh. If it's a health issue then the team really needs to end this series ASAP. The longer this goes the more they are getting pounded to a pulp out there.

I thought Alex Edler especially had an off night in Game 5 as well. He'll be back (Arnie voice).

I can draw some positives out of it all.

-Roberto Luongo will be better.

-Edler will not punch the puck into his own net again.

-The Canucks scored all 3 goals on Pekka Rinne at even strength last game. 3 of their previous 9 goals against Nashville were on the power play plus 1 into the empty net.

-The Predators have not won at home in this series. The Canucks can go back on the road and simplify their game, because Game 5 was anything but.

-It looks like Victor Oreskovich will slot in for the injured Mikael Samuelsson. That's not confirmed yet. He is going to murder all in his path in Game 6 and I don't mind seeing more of that from our Canucks.

-The Canucks have won nearly every period in this series in regards to their pressure game. Unfortunately, holding on to leads is not one of their consistent strengths. WAIT! WOA! Must remain positive.

-It's the Canucks for god's sakes! When do they ever do things the easy way? This year, they are getting it done regardless.

-Oh look the Sharks can't close out their series either!

LINKS

-Settle down, Tony. (The Province)

-How often do make-up calls actually happen? Check out this article by former ref Kerry Fraser as he answers the question.

-Bieksa not a fan of anyone diving. Good man!

-Famous Tennesse Moms.

PROJECTED FORWARDS DRESSED

CANUCKS

Daniel Sedin-Henrik Sedin-Alexandre Burrows

Mason Raymond-Ryan Kesler-Christopher Higgins

Raffi Torres-Maxim Lapierre-Jannik Hansen

Victor Oreskovich-Cody Hodgson-Tanner Glass

PREDATORS

Martin Erat-David Legwand-Joel Ward

Sergei Kostitsyn-Mike Underwood-Patric Hornqvist

Colin Wilson-Nick Spaling-Jordin Tootoo

JP Dumont-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 12 688 7 5 27 2.35 315 288 .914 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 11 690 6 5 30 2.61 324 294 .907 0

 

WHO IS HOT / COLD

CANUCKS

HOT

-Ryan Kesler: 5 goals and 4 assists in his last 4.

-Christian Ehrhoff: 1 goal and 4 assists in his last 3 games.

COLD

-Maxim Lapierre: 1 assist in his last 22 games.

-Tanner Glass: 0 points in his last 23.

-Mikael Samuelsson: 1 goal and 2 assists in his last 13.

-Mason Raymond: 1 assist in this series.

 

PREDATORS

HOT

-Joel Ward: 7 goals and 5 assists in his last 10. Dangerous.

-David Legwand: 3 goals and 1 assist in his last 3.

COLD

-Mike Fisher: 2 assists in his last 8 games.

-Patric Hornqvist: 0 points in his last 7.

-Sergei Kostitsyn: 0 points in his last 6.

-Shea Weber: 0 points in this series, but leaving welts on Canucks' blockers




INJURIES

CANUCKS

-F Manny Malhotra: eye, out for playoffs

-F Mikael Samuelsson: lower body

 

PREDATORS

-F Steve Sullivan: knee.

-F Jerred Smithson: nose, feelings

-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

Highlights of Game 5 (BOOOO!):

Not all country music stinks:

The title of this post is brought to you by the Beastie Boys "Rhymin' and Stealin':

The image below was created by SteveNux and I will leave it in the Game Preview preview because it kicks ass:

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