Canucks V Predators Preview
Nashville (27.16. 6) Points 60
When these two clubs lock horns it will be the first of four meetings, last season both teams met on four occasions with each side winning a game at home and once on the road. Nashville took to the ice on Monday 24th January against the Flames, where they tried to extend their three game winning streak. Calgary had other ideas by handing the Predators a 3-1 loss. David Legwand got the lone goal for the visiting Predators, goalie Pekka Rinne made 24 saves but it wasn’t enough. This month Nashville currently has a road record of 6-3-0. A win would mean that they were just two points behind Central Division leading Detroit, also extending the lead they have on fifth place Anaheim.
Vancouver (30-10-9) Points 69
The Canucks last opponent was Dallas prior to that game Vancouver were nursing a four game losing skid. A win was imperative and that’s what they got by beating the Stars 7-1.
The goals came thick and fast with seven different players scoring. It wasn’t just a great victory for the best team in the West; it was also an opportunity for three players to kick the monkey of their back by ending the slump they found themselves in. Defenseman Hamhuis registered his first goal in 25 games, Samuelsson had been kept off the score sheet for 15 games and for Raymond it was 12 games.
Goaltender Rinne ranks second in two categories, goals-against average (2.11) and save percentage (.927). Forward David Legwand was inactive due to injury from November 20th – December 26th, since his return the clubs record is 10-3-0. His goal on Monday meant he now has ten points in his last 13 games. Legwand plays on a line with Colin Wilson, who got an assist in the last game. Wilson has 11 points (5g-6a) in his last 14 contests.
The Sedins continue to lead the Canucks, with identical four-game point-scoring streaks. Henrik has 2 goals and 4 assists in his streak, while Daniel has 5 assists. Raymond and Samuelsson will undoubtedly try to prove that their slump is a thing of the past. Raymond has 23 points on the season (9g 4a). Samuelsson’s 18 assists place him sixth for his team (9g 18a 27 points). Goalie Luongo hasn’t lost a game in regulation in the last 16 outings.
In The Sick Bay
Predators forwards J-P Dumont (neck) and Marek Svatos (lower body) also defenseman Francis Bouillon (upper body) are questionable for Wednesday's game. Canucks forward Aaron Rome is out with a sprained knee. Forward Alexandre Bolduc is out with a shoulder injury, as is defenseman Andrew Alberts. Defenceman Alex Edler has back spasms and is doubtful. If he cant play Lee Sweatt will step in.
A win for Vancouver would mean the team would be tied for first overall with Philadelphia.
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