May 09 2011 11:06PM
With the Vancouver Canucks 2-1 victory over the Nashville Predators, the 2010-11 season is already one of the three most successful in franchise history. Only twice before have the Canucks advanced as far as the third round – the first time in 1981-82, where they were swept in the Finals by the New York Islanders powerhouse, and then again in 1993-94, which culminated in heartbreak as the New York Rangers won a seven game series for the Stanley Cup.
Before we move on to the third round, however, I thought it would be worth looking at a couple of things that interested me from the second round.
May 09 2011 05:13PM
Vancouver Canucks @ Nashville Predators
5:00 PM PST
|2.91 (8th)||Goals/Game||2.33 (14th)|
|2.91 (9th)||Goals Against/Game||2.67 (T-6th)|
|16.3% (10th)||PP||21.2% (7th)|
|70.3% (16th)||PK||84.4% (6th)|
May 09 2011 11:08AM
Yodellay-ee-whoooooo! Cauncks, I'd like to yodel in celebration tonight. Just like Ehrhoff.
Make that happen. I wanna see handshakes tonight.
(Photo by Jeff Vinnick/Vancouver Canucks)
Game Day Recon: Western Conference Semifinal Game 3 - Canucks @ Predators
Let's be clear... the Nashville Predators didn't win Game 5. The Canucks lost that game by handing it to the Predators with a comedy of errors and careless defensive play. While the notion of again crossing the continent to play one game, losing sleep and rest and healing time, and throwing off schedules, is largely unpalatable, the good news for the Canucks is that Detroit and San Jose are doing the same thing.
So will the Canucks take advantage of this new opportunity and finally kill off the Predators?
May 08 2011 12:05PM
Goats Alex Edler and Henrik Sedin skate past the celebrating Predators after Nashville defeated Vancouver 4-3 on Saturday night.
(Photo by Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)
Last night, the Canucks failed to close out their second round series against Nashville – losing 4-3 at home. The loss was followed by inevitable hand-wringing from fans and media, but this somewhat irrational despair ignores the fact that the Canucks outplayed the Preds in nearly every respect. The Preds had the edge in two major categories: goaltending and goals scored. Unfortunately those are the most important categories. Nonetheless, the Canucks performance was solid, and I see no reason for panic. The Canucks out possessed, out-hit, out-chanced, out-shot, and – with the exception of Henrik Sedin (more on this in a minute) – they dominated the face-off circle against the Preds.
May 07 2011 05:11PM
Nashville Predators @ Vancouver Canucks
5:00 PM PST
|2.80 (8th)||Goals/Game||2.27 (14th)|
|2.78 (T-9th)||Goals Against/Game||2.54 (5th)|
|16.7% (10th)||PP||22.6% (T-5th)|
|68.6% (16th)||PK||84.1% (6th)|