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The Northwest Division-leading Vancouver Canucks (32-15-5) storm into the Bridgestone Arena looking to square off against the Nashville Predators (32-17-4), who are 4 points behind the Detroit Red Wings with a chance to close the gap to only 2 points with a win.
This is Vancouver’s first trip back into Nashville since dispatching the Predators in Game 6 of the Western Conference Semi-Finals.
This Year’s Series: 1-1-0 Home (0-0-0) Away (1-1-0)
Looking at the Canucks: The Canucks are coming in on a good run…well, of sorts. Vancouver hasn’t lost in regulation in the past 6 games (4-0-2), winning 4 of their past 5 games (San Jose, Edmonton, Chicago, Colorado) while only dropping shootout decisions to both Detroit and Los Angeles.
Being led by the brothers Sedin, Vancouver is third in the league in goals forced per game (3.13)
Looking at the Predators: Nashville on the other hand is having a run of their own, and no “sort-of’s” about it. Dropping o...
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As the old saying goes, all good things come to an end.Before last night’s 4-3 shootout defeat at the hands of Vancouver Canucks, Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne had not lost a game since Jan. 5 – over a month ago. Since that decisive loss to Dallas, Rinne won all 11 of his starts and put the team on his back. In the process he set a franchise record for most consecutive wins...
Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne has been pulled from a game just four times this season. Half of them against the Vancouver Canucks. Since being chased by Vancouver on December 1, Rinne was an unimaginable 20-2-1.
Better make that 20-3-1.
In front of 16,232 inside Bridgestone Arena, Rinne’s 11-game win streak came to an end as the Preds lost in the shootout, 4-3. They...
Martin Erat had a goal and two assists and Pekka Rinne made 41 saves
as the host Nashville Predators moved past the St. Louis Blues into
second place in the Central Division with a 3-1 victory on Saturday.Rinne has won a franchise-record 11 consecutive starts in goal for the Predators.
Sergei Kostitsyn collected a goal and an assist for the Predators. He
secured the win with...
Those not convinced that the Nashville Predators are in it to win long term need to look no further than the massive contract that general manager David Poile dished out to goaltender Pekka Rinne back in November.
Pekka Rinne’s incredible 11-game winning streak came to an end on Tuesday night when the Nashville Predators lost to the Vancouver Canucks 4-3 in a shootout in front of 16, 232 fans at Bridgestone Arena.
The Predators fell behind in the middle of the first period when Ryan Kesler opened scoring 11:42 into the game with a power play goal. Brandon Yip was in the penalty box for...
Pekka Rinne's solid play has been a major reason for the Nashville Predators' recent surge.
The Vancouver Canucks seem to have his number, though.
Rinne and the Predators seek a seventh win in their last eight games Tuesday night when they host the Canucks, who have won four straight meetings in Nashville and have chased the star goaltender twice this season.
Nashville Predators 3, St. Louis Blues 1
Bridgestone Arena; Nashville, Tennessee
February 4, 2012
* Before we get to our notes on the game, you have to see THIS. Head Coach Barry Trotz was joined at his press conference by his son. What other NHL coach would do that? It was a tremendous moment. Thanks to Preds On The Glass for supplying the video.
There may not be a more confident goaltender in the league right now than Nashville's Pekka Rinne. Vancouver should have plenty of positive feelings heading into Tuesday night after the way it won its last game.
via Sports Illustrated, Who is the toughest goalie to beat in a shootout?
Henrik Lundqvist, Rangers 28%
Pekka Rinne, Predators 28%
Marc-Andre Fleury, Devils 8%
Ryan Miller, Sabres 7%
Tim Thomas, Bruins 5%
Lundqvist, who leads the NHL in save percentage (.939) won the All-Star Skills Competition, stopping six of seven shootout attempts…. The pick of a whopping...
After a loss in Philadelphia on Thursday night, it was imperative that the Nashville Predators return to Bridgestone Arena on Saturday night and regain their swagger.The opponent was the St. Louis Blues who began the game a point ahead in the standings with two games in hand. The Blues came out firing but the Predators held tough. By the time Mike Fisher made it 2-0 Preds, it was...
I TOLD you I loved this photo set. Take a look at this picture of Pekka Rinne making a save, as Ryan Suter and David Backes jostle in front of the net. One girl is stunned by the proceedings:But... is that a "stunned" look?
Oh no. That's more "shocked". Like "David Backes did what to Ryan Suter's mama?!"I encourage photoshops and other captions...
Tonight's game between the Vancouver Canucks and the Nashville Predators is one that Predator fans have had marked on their calendar since the schedule was released last summer. It marks the Nucks first visit to the Bridgestone Arena since they clinched their second round series with the Predators in a 2-1 win in game six on May 9. 2011.Even the most optimistic member of the...