The Nashville Predators go to Vancouver to rematch the Canucks from the Western Conference semi-finals. This game should be physical and you will see glimpses from the playoff season. The Predators’ record is 11-9-4. The Canucks’ record is 14-9-1. Puck drop is 9:00 PM CDT.
Coverage in Nashville: FS-TN and 102.5 The Game
Coverage in Vancouver: SNET-VAN and 1040 AM
Line Up News
Projected Starting Goalies: #35 Pekka Rinne with a 10-8-4 record, 2.40 GAA, and .927 save percentage. #35 Cory Schneider with a 7-4-0 record, 1.93 GAA, and .937 save percentage.
Projected Scratches for the Canucks: #54 W Aaron Volpatti, #29 D Aaron Rome, and #52 D Alexander Sulzer
Projected Scratches for the Predators: #51 D Francis Bouillon, #5 C Blake Geoffrion, and #28 F Kyle Wilson
Team Thoughts & News
The Vancouver Canucks had problems in net at the beginning of the season. Roberto Luongo was struggling, so Corey Crawford is getting the starts. NHL fans saw glimpses of Crawford’s talent during the Stanley Cup Finals against the Bruins and he looked good. Speculation started that Crawford is better than Luongo. I believe he is, for the organization. Luongo’s contract is worth $5,333,333 and Schneider’s is worth $900,000. You be the judge…
Some news in the line-up for Vancouver is Mason Raymond will play. Raymond suffered a vertebrae compression fracture in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final. Many people were saying his career was over. What a great story for him to come back.
The Nashville Predators play their last game on the road Thursday night. Nashville needs to win this game because the more they continue to lose, they will end up falling far behind. Blake Geoffrion and Francis Bouillon are injured, but still scratched. The only healthy player not playing is Kyle Wilson from Milwaukee. The Predators need to play like they did Monday night against Edmonton. Forecheck hard, shoot on net, and hit. No line-up changes are expected.
Canucks Players To Watch: #22 W Daniel Sedin with 27 points, #33 C Henrik Sedin with 24 points, and #21 F Mason Raymond with 0 points.
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