Canucks Army GDT #30 - Canucks @ Predators

Dimitri Filipovic
December 03 2013 01:24PM


Carrie Underwood apparently isn't the biggest Marek Mazanec fan..

The Canucks visit the house Joel Ward built JP Dumont's old stomping grounds Music City to take on the Nashville Predators for the first time this season, as they conclude their 4-game roadtrip. If recent history is any indication, they're due for a stinker.. but trends are there to be broken, so I wouldn't be putting too much stock into this particular one of up-and-down play.

If you haven't heard by now, they'll be without Alex Burrows (for both this game, and the next several ones as he tries to recover from a recently broken jaw). That's no excuse, though; their opponent tonight has been dealing with a litany of injuries all season long, and they'll be icing a depleted lineup once again in this one.

Wake up, Carrie, there's a game to be played!

BROADCAST INFO

Puck Drop: 5:00 PM PDT

TV: Rogers Sportsnet Pacific

Radio: Team1040

SETUP

The Canucks didn't take any line rushes this morning, but it's believed that we'll see Ryan Kesler bumped back up to play with the Sedins in Burrows' stead. Mike Santorelli will also move up a spot, to fill that 2C void left by Kesler. He's expected to play between Jannik Hansen and Chris Higgins. 

That means that Richardson will move up to center Booth and Weise on the 3rd line, with Zac Dalpe playing the pivot on the 4th between Sestito and Zack Kassian (who makes his return to the lineup). The season of line juggling continues..

Before we get to their opponent, let's take a moment to reminisce about the very limited playoff history between these two teams. Is it just me, or does this seem like it was another lifetime ago?


Images via Daily Faceoff

Some thoughts on the Preds:

-Patric Hornqvist actually came back from his injury on Saturday, so that should give the Predators a much-needed boost in the scoring department. He plays the 1RW role next to Fisher and Wilson, in case you were wondering.

UPDATE:

-Shea Weber took a puck to the eye area recently, and won't be playing in this one.. which'll surely help the Canucks' cause (while also making those Shea Weber dreamers out there a little sad that they don't get to see him play). With him out, I expect we'll see a ton of Roman Josi and Seth Jones, both of whom played in excess of 30 minutes in their last game. Speaking of Jones, I recommend reading this post on him by our good friend Thom Drance. 

-Pekka Rinne remains out with his hip injury, and Marek Mazanec has been announced as the starter for the 12th straight game. Who? Exactly. Mazanec has a .932 save % on the year, and hasn't allowed more than 2 goals against since October 15th. I'd chalk this up to just another guy benefitting from Nashville, but we saw what happened to poor ol' Carter Hutton during his limited tenure as the team's starter when Rinne first went down.

-Remember how the Canucks were super quiet during the start of free agency back in July? Well, the Predators were the exact opposite, but unfortunately for them they went crazy spending a ton of money on 3rd/4th liners. They brought in Stalberg, Cullen, Hendricks, and Nystrom.. and it hasn't gotten them very far.

-The Predators might have the best crew of people who follow/write/tweet about them out of any team in the league. I would definitely recommend following Dirk Hoag, and Joshua Cooper

THE NUMBERS GAME

  Predators Canucks
Corsi Close % 49.0% (20th) 52.9% (9th)
5v5 GF/60 1.83 (24th) 2.44 (9th)
5v5 GA/60 2.54 (25th) 2.26 (17th)
PDO 97.9 (27th) 99.4 (20th)
     
  Predators Canucks
5v4 GF/60 6.50 (13th) 4.08 (26th)
5v4 SF/60 45.5 (25th) 64.1 (2nd)
4v5 GA/60 5.45 (10th) 3.52 (1st)
4v5 SA/60 46.1 (6th) 43.4 (2nd)
Penalty Differential -1 -3

Data comes from Extra Skater and NHL.com.

GAME DAY LINKS

  • Tale of the Tape. [via CDC]
  • Zack Kassian is not a bust. [via Jason Botchford]
  • Former Canuck Gino Odjick is in a bad way right now. [via US]
  • The Predators remember Kesler's dominance. [via Joshua Cooper]

PLAYNOW

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Bombs from the Blueline - You get $4.50 for every $1 you wager if either Jason Garrison or Alex Edler score a goal. Man, I am so freakin' bitter about Sestito getting credited for that Garrison goal against the Hurricanes. Grr, life is not fair.

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Dimitri Filipovic writes about hockey on the internet, and is the Managing Editor of Canucks Army. You can follow him on Twitter @DimFilipovic, and email him at dimitri.filipovic@gmail.com.
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#1 NM00
December 03 2013, 02:09PM
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How many forwards have to be injured for Kassian to get a shot on a scoring line...

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#2 Matt
December 03 2013, 02:39PM
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If Kassian continues to play the way he's been playing the past couple of weeks, I'd say probably ten.

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#3 NM00
December 03 2013, 02:49PM
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"The Canucks have to figure out what to do with Kassian because it’s clear he’s not earning ice time, and he’s playing for an impatient coach who is rightfully frenzied about trying to win every point possible this season."

The more things change, the more they stay the same with this management team.

There's little reason to believe any of Kassian, Schroeder, Jensen and the rest will be a legit top 9 regular by the end of the year with this organization fighting tooth and nail for every point in the standings.

As currently constructed, there's little reason to believe this team will win a playoff round this year.

And it doesn't look like there will be any prospect development at the NHL level, either...

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#5 van
December 03 2013, 05:26PM
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So we'll be a two line team again. Kassian with the twins and Dalpe with Santorelli-Booth and we'd have a reasonable forward group (it's only Nashville).

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