|Time||Thurs. 5:00 PM PST
|Season Series||1-0 Canucks
||2-1 Canucks (Jan. 26/11)|
|The Enemy||On The Forecheck||Scoring Leaders||
: 29-44-73 Weber: 11-24-35|
||< Road Record / Home Record >
||Goals For / Against +/-||+16
||Goals Per Game||2.54 (26)
||Goals Against Per Game||2.32 (2)
||5 On 5 GF/GA||1.08 (10)
||Power Play %
||Penalty Kill %
||Shots Per Game||28.9 (24)
||Shots Against Per Game||30.4 (16)
||Winning % When Scoring First||69.0 (16)
||Winning % When Leading After 1||65.4 (24)
||Winning % When Trailing After 1||35.7 (12)
||Winning % When Leading After 2||81.5 (21)
||Faceoffs %||50.5 (14)
||PIM's Per Game Average
Update: You need to see this.
Update: Dan Murphy on Twitter tonight: sportsnetmurph: Oberg not in MAN line-up tonight. Bad sign. Kevin Bieksa X-rays on foot last night were negative. Went for further testing today. Oh please no...
If you are going by the stats above, the last score result when these teams battled and the way the Canucks played against the Wild last game you might guess that this may be a low-scoring tight-checking affair. The Preds have not scored a lot of goals this season but to their credit have won 2 of their last 3 games and scored 10 goals in the process. Their last game was a 2-1 overtime loss to the Sharks. Personally I don't see the Canucks changing their strategy all that much in this one given the amount of injuries they have on their defence and it being the end of a road trip. If they can get an early 2-goal lead I can see them sitting back defensively again. Whatever works!
-Ryan Kesler's Hart Problem (Puck Daddy).
-Andrew Alberts underwent surgery on his wrist and will miss 2 months. (National Post)
-Roberto Luongo stopped 26 shots against the Predators last month and has gone 3-1-0 with a 2.43 goals-against average in his last four starts in Nashville. He made 33 saves in the teams' last matchup at Bridgestone Arena, a 4-2 Canucks victory March 7. Nashville, which has lost of five of six home meetings with Vancouver, is looking to rebound from a 2-1 overtime loss to San Jose on Tuesday. The Predators have dropped all five of their contests decided in OT. (CBS Sports game preview)
-JP Dumont trade speculation growing (On The Forecheck).
-Goal of the Week....what a great idea over at On The Forecheck. Think we should steal it?