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Vancouver comes into Nashville after snapping a 3-game losing streak last night against the Dallas Stars, knocking them off after scoring 2 goals in the third and winning 4-3. The Canucks are a team Nashville is very familiar with, being knocked out of the Western Conference Semi-Finals by them two years ago and had quite a few thrilling battles with them last season taking a 2-1-1 season series record against them.
The Sedin Brothers, arguably two of the top players annually in the NHL, lead the way for Vancouver splitting 33 points between them (D. Sedin with 17, H. Sedin with 15). Ryan Kesler, another very familiar name for the Predators, will be playing his 5th game of the season after returning from off-season surgeries. He currently has 4 points in 4 games.
Roberto Luongo is expected to get the start for the Canucks, still in the midst of a rotating goalie controversy between himself and Cory Schneider. Luongo, who has yet to lose in regulation for Vancouver, is 4-0-3 with a 1.63 GAA, .934 Sv%, and a shutout to his name.
On the flip side, the Predators have gone 6-2-2 through the month of February so far, compiling a 3-1-1 record over their last 5 games. After a poor defensive outing in Colorado on Monday, where they ended up losing 6-5 to the Avalanche, the Predators came right back Tuesday night and dispatched the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 in overtime. The good news over the last two games? Nashville has scored 9 goals, more than they’ve scored in the previous 5 games before Monday and Tuesday’s games. The bad news? Nashville has ALLOWED 9 goals in the same span, the exact same amount allowed through the month of February prior to Monday’s game in Colorado.
Nashville’s best known for being a stingy defensive team, so their recent goal allowance for other teams is a bit out of character. Getting back to a strong defensive presence will be key tonight for Nashville if they plan on sending the Canucks packing with a loss in tow.
Currently, the only two players without a point for Nashville are Hal Gill and Brian McGrattan, everyone else on the roster has at least registered a point (including Pekka Rinne). Leading the way for the Predators is breakout sensation Colin Wilson, who has 14 points (5 goals and 9 assists) and leads Nashville statiscally in goals/assists/and points.
Plan on seeing Pekka Rinne in between the pipes tonight, currently coming off his 4-3 overtime win against the Red Wings on Tuesday. Statistically, Rinne is at or near the top of the NHL in all of his statistics. He currently sports a 7-3-4 record with a 1.67 GAA, a .935 Sv%, and a league-best 3 shutouts on the season.
Puck drop is at 7pm this evening in a most-likely sold out Bridgestone Arena. After tonight’s game, Nashville immediately heads to Detroit for a 7pm Saturday showdown with the reeling Red Wings.
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A Nashville Predators fan threw a catfish onto the ice with 2:13 left in the third period during Friday night's game against the Vancouver Canucks. Obviously Bridgestone Arena security needs to check people's bags a bit more closely.
To think that the fan was holding onto the fish all that time, and yet the "rally fish" still failed to inspire the Predators...
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Cry me a river, don't do the crime, if you don't want to do the time. This is why people hate/despise the Vancouver Canucks. You're responsible for your actions on the ice.
Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun --- Through 129 AHL and 286 NHL games, the Vancouver Canucks winger liked to think he had earned a reputation as...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Roberto Luongo was sharp when the Vancouver Canucks needed it the most.
Luongo made 23 saves for the shutout and Dale Weise broke a scoreless tie at 9:14 of the third period and the Vancouver Canucks defeated Nashville 1-0 Friday.
The Canucks have won consecutive games on their four-game road trip after losing three straight.
Nashville has lost three of...
I am tired of watching the NHL Department of Player Safety go light on players that should be suspended for multiple games, this was a situation, that I believe warranted a 2-3 games suspension. By going light on Jannik Hansen you pretty much guaranteeing he's going to be a marked man in the next game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Vancouver Canucks.
In summary, there...
Vancouver Canucks forward Zack Kassian is listed as 6’3″ 205, while Dallas Stars rookie forward Antoine Roussel is listed as 5’11″ 170. Roussel skated at Kassian full-speed and had the advantage early on, even knocking Kassian down, but once Kassian got back up he was pissed off and he went to work, just obliterating Roussel. I give Roussel some credit for going after...
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I’m not even quite sure what I watched when the Canucks took on the Hawks the other night.
The Blackhawks came as advertised and dominated the game to an embarrassing degree. Cory Schneider‘s best game of his career kept the game close but this was a lopsided game.
The ‘Hawks were pushing the puck through the neutral zone with ease and creating odd man rushes every...
The Nashville Predators are offering a unique social media experience - if you can afford it. Based on an email team representatives sent out to fans that participated in previous social media nights, you can enjoy a new experience specifically designed for social media users.
Here's what you get: Two tickets in the "Ice Box" (Section 108) where you'll sit at...
By: Miranda Martin Miranda@PredneckNation.com It was starting to look like the Nashville Predators were on to something on the scoring front. After averaging just 21 shots per game in the first quarter of the season, the Predators knew they were going to need to start shooting for the victories. Out of the first 12 games alone, five of the Predator’s ...
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It’s never a good sign when you out-shoot an opponent 13-3 in the first period and nothing gets past their goaltender. It’s an even worse sign when the balance begins to tip back in the favor of the opposing team as the game stretches along.
While the Predators battled to capitalize on one of their many chances throughout the game, the Canucks...
The Nashville Predators were shutout once again for the second straight night as they fall 4-0 to the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena.
Unable to convert on the many chances they had, the Predators couldn’t put a shot past Jimmy Howard, who recorded his first shutout of the season by stopping all 33 shots that came his way.
Not only did Nashville lose the game, but...
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Dale Weise scored the lone goal to lead the Vancouver Canucks to a 1-0 win against the Nashville Predators on the road. For Vancouver, they were able to win both of their games in their back-to-back in Dallas and in the Music City. Head coach Alain Vigneault has to be happy about getting four points in two nights.
The Nashville Predators are back tonight for a rare Friday evening game at Bridgestone Arena, taking on the Vancouver Canucks. Vancouver is fresh of a 4-3 win over Dallas last night and are looking to put some more consistency in their game. Nashville continues to crank out points, winning ugly, losing ugly in OT or the shootout but putting up points. The Predators stand second in...
Per Elliott Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada (via Nick Cotsonika), the proposed NHL realignment would see the Nashville Predators in “Conference 3″ while their Central Division rivals, the Detroit Red Wings and the Columbus Blue Jackets, would head East.
Here are the screen shots of the telecast in which the new conferences were reported:
While it’s a hit to the main rivalry...
Why didn't you warn me?
I'm in New Orleans
I drank something called "The Grenade"
I hugged a Vancouver Canucks fan
I laughed when someone told me Thomas Hickey has more game winning goals than Drew Doughty.
There was a lot of street vomit.
Where is my hotel again?
Chicago is undefeated. How come Jamie Kompon couldn't do this for the Kings...