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"Idle Minds No Longer" 1/28/09 - Nashville @ Vancouver





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Previous Meetings

November 4, 2008 - Vancouver 4 vs. Nashville 0 - Kyle Wellwood scored twice and Roberto Luongo turned aside 24 shots in his fourth shutout of the season, as the Canucks kick off the Predators' "West Coast Death March" in unpleasant fashion.
December 9, 2008 - Vancouver 3 @ Nashville 1 - Nashville and Vancouver combined for 70 penalty minutes, and Alexandre Burrows delivered a controversial hit on Jean-Pierre Dumont as the Canucks strolled to yet another win.
January 1, 2009 - Vancouver 2 @ Nashville 1 - Jason LaBarbera made his Vancouver debut in style, stopping 31 shots to give Vancouver the edge in the Canucks' final visit to Nashville this season.


Nashville Predators (20-23-3, 43pts, 4th Central, 14th West)

About Nashville
Last Game: New Jersey 3 @ Nashville 1
Last Ten Games: 3-7-0
Current Streak: Lost 3
Record vs. Vancouver: 0-3-0
Away Record: 8-14-2
OT/Shootout Record: 5-3
Goals For: 11
Goals Against: 134
Power Play: 13.7%, 29th
Away Power Play: 12/8%, 29th
Penalty Kill: 84.0%, 6th
Away Penalty Kill: 81.4%, 14th

Nashville Team Leaders
Goals: Jason Arnott, 15
Assists: Jean-Pierre Dumont, 26
Points: Dumont, 34 (8g+26a)
Power Play Goals: Shea Weber, 6
Power Play Scoring: Dumont, 12 (1g+11a)
Short-Handed Goals: David Legwand, 2
Short-Handed Scoring: Legwand, 3 (2g+1a)
Shots: Weber, 140
Shooting Percentage: Ryan Jones, 14.3%
Plus-Minus: Weber, +6
Penalty Minutes: Jordin Tootoo, 83
Hits: Weber, 100
Blocked Shots: Greg Zanon, 133
Giveaways: Dumont, 32
Takeaways: Dan Hamhuis, 35
Turnover Differential: Joel Ward, +20
Faceoffs Won: Radek Bonk, 295-185
Faceoff Percentage: Bonk, 61.4%
Time On Ice: Ryan Suter, 23:37
Wins: Pekka Rinne, 10-7-0
Minutes Played: Dan Ellis, 1664
Goals Against Average: Rinne, 2.33
Save Percentage: Rinne, .916
Shutouts: Rinne, 4

Nashville Fun Fact: Nashville are one of only two teams with a top-five penalty kill and a bottom-five power play, and the only team in the West (the other club is the New York Rangers).

Nashville Player to Watch: Shea Weber seemed to be finding his offensive stride again before the All-Star Break, collecting 2 goals and 4 points in his last 6 games from the blue line.

Nashville Reason to Worry: The Predaotrs, desperately in need of a win, have scored just 8 goals in their last five contests. They won only one of those, a 2-0 shutout of the Maple Leafs

Nashville Injury Report

Greg De Vries (Concussion, OUt)
Scott Nichol (Concussion, Out)

Nashville Projected Lineup
Sullivan-Arnott-Dumont
Jones-Legwand-Erat
Ward-Bonk-Smithson
Tootoo-Fiddler-Belak

Weber-Suter
Hamhuis-Zanon
Sulzer-Klein

Rinne


Vancouver Canucks (22-19-7, 51pts, 4th Northwest, 10th West)

About Vancouver
Last Game: San Jose 2 vs. Vancouver 1
Last Ten Games: 2-4-4
Current Streak: Lost 6
Record vs. Nashville: 3-0-0
Home Record: 11-10-3
OT/Shootout Record: 4-7
Goals For: 137
Goals Against: 137
Power Play: 16.9%, 20th
Home Power Play: 16.7%, 19th
Penalty Kill: 80.7%, 17th
Home Penalty Kill: 80.8%, 20th

Vancouver Team Leaders

Goals: Daniel Sedin, 22
Assists: Henrik Sedin, 36
Points: D. Sedin, 48 (22g+26a)
Power Play Goals: Kyle Wellwood, 8
Power Play Scoring: H. Sedin, 16 (2g+15a)
Short-Handed Goals: Alexandre Burrows, 2
Short-Handed Scoring: Burrows, 2 (2g+0a)
Shots: D. Sedin, 168
Shooting Percentage: Wellwood, 27.5%
Plus-Minus: D. Sedin, +11
Penalty Minutes: Shane O'Brien, 130
Hits: Mattias Ohlund, 75
Blocked Shots: Ohlund, 98
Giveaways: H. Sedin, Alexander Edler, 37
Takeaways: Burrows, 39
Turnover Differential: Burrows, +22
Faceoffs Won: Ryan Kesler, 436-374
Faceoff Percentage: Wellwood, 58.2%
Time On Ice: Kevin Bieksa, 24:36
Wins: Roberto Luongo, 11-6-4
Minutes Played: Luongo, 1264*
Goals Against Average: Luongo, 2.37
Save Percentage: Luongo, .921
Shutouts: Luongo, 5

Vancouver Fun Fact: In setting up Taylor Pyatt's goal against San Jose, the Sedin twins became the highest-scoring twins in NHL history, surpassing Ron and Rich Sutter, with 850 points (265g+585a) in 1220 games played.

Vancouver Player to Watch:
The Cancuks are 13-9-4 with Sami Salo in the lineup. The 34 year old blue liner made his return before the All-Star Break after missing 15 games with a broken rib, and has 10 points in 26 contests.

Vancouver Reason to Worry: The Predators have always found some way to avoid a sweep against the Canucks, and tonight's affair will b e no different in that respect.

Vancouver Injury Report
Pavol Demitra (Groin, Questionnable Out)
Rick Rypien (Personal Matters, Questionable)

Vancouver Projected Lineup
D. Sedin-H. Sedin-Pyatt
Raymond-Sundin-Hansen
Burrows-Kesler-Bernier
Hordichuk-Johnson-Wellwood

Bieksa-Mitchell
Edler-Ohlund
Salo-O'Brien

Luongo

*Jason Labarbera has actually played more minutes total than Luongo; however, he has played only ~313 minutes for Vancouver.


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