Nashville Predators vs Vancouver Canucks Post Game Recap: Preying On The Predators

The Rundown

The Vancouver Canucks have struggled the past month and a bit… The team came into tonight’s game against the Western Conference’s best team, the Nashville Predators, with 1 win in their last 13 games.

Nikolay Goldobin saw his name inserted back in the lineup after being a healthy scratch a couple of nights ago, and Derrick Pouliot would sub in for Michael Del Zotto after he had sat out the past 5 games. The Canucks needed both special teams unit to succeed if they wanted any chance to get their first win in what seemed like eons.

1st Period

The Canucks had a great first 5 minutes of the hockey game and saw their new look scoring lines get a couple of great chances early. The line of Jake Virtanen, Bo Horvat, and Goldobin saw Virtanen fire a puck that was snagged by Rinne with the glove just 30 seconds into the game.

The Brock Boeser, Elias Pettersson, and Josh Leivo line followed with a strong shift of their own, which nearly concluded with a tap-in goal from Boeser after a beautiful set up from the Swedish superstar. 

It took until 6:30 minutes into the game before Jakob Markstrom faced his first real test of the hockey game off a shot from Ryan Hartman, but Markstrom thwarted the chance with a nice pad stop. A minute later, and Troy Stecher was taken down in his own zone by Predators forward Austin Watson, so the Canucks power-play went to work.

The Canucks power-play came into tonight 0 for 12 on the homestand, with only 1 goal scored in their last 19 chances. Wouldn’t take too long before the Canucks made it 2 for 20. Alex Edler unleashed a one-timer that got through everyone to make it 1-0 Vancouver. Fun fact, it was the 4th straight game in which the Canucks scored first… The unfortunate fact, the Canucks lost all 3 of the prior games they scored first. A trend the boys looked to buck tonight.


The best team in the west didn’t relent, and they pressured the Canucks after the goal. 9:30 minutes in, their pressure turned into a power-play when Edler was called for a slash, and the Canucks penalty kill would need to follow suit of their power-play.

The Canucks penalty kill didn’t stop the Minnesota Wild a few nights ago, but were able to pass their first test this evening. A great pad stop by Markstrom highlighted the penalty kill, and the Predators couldn’t tie the game up with the man advantage.

14 minutes in, and Markstrom was tasked with another tough save. This one off the stick of Ryan Johansen, but Markstrom flashed the glove to snag the puck out of the air.

From the 14: 30-minute mark to the 17: 00-minute mark, the Canucks had 3 grade A scoring chances.

14:30 minutes in, and Jake Virtanen and Bo Horvat came down on a 2 on 1. Virtanen elected to shoot, but Rinne made a great glove save to keep the game 1-0.

16 min in, and this time it was Pettersson and Boeser on a 2 on 1. Pettersson slid the puck across to Boeser, and his one-time shot was kept out after a save of the week, and maybe save of the year candidate by Rinne…


17:30 minutes in, and Virtanen tried to feed Horvat across the ice, but Horvat couldn’t beat the Nashville netminder. A phenomenal sequence from Vancouver as the teams approached the end of the first period.

With 26 seconds to go in the period, the Canucks built on their lead. Horvat chipped the puck up to Virtanen to start the play. Virtanen came down the left wing, and then fed Horvat for the second time in a few minutes. This time, Rinne watched helplessly as Horvat picked the top corner to make it 2-0 Vancouver, and that was how the period ended. A fantastic start for Vancouver, and one the team tried to build upon for the rest of the game.


2nd Period

The Canucks started the middle frame like they started the first, with a lot of hustle and heart. 2 minutes in they received their 2nd power-play of the game after Calle Jarnkruk struck Eriksson up high with his stick.

The Canucks couldn’t get a second power-play goal but it didn’t lack chances. A Boeser blast was kept out by the stick of Rinne. The next 4 minutes were pretty lackluster, as both teams felt each other out.

The Predators appeared to get one back around the 7: 30-minute mark of the period when Hartman tipped a shot past Markstrom. It looked to have been knocked in with a high stick so the officials turned to video review. After the review, the Predators were awarded the goal and it was 2-1 Vancouver. A brutal call by the officials in my book, but the Canucks couldn’t afford to let this disrupt how well they were playing.


Thankfully, they didn’t. It only took a minute and a half for the Canucks to respond. Horvat created another rush with a great stretch pass to Antoine Roussel, and he made a solid pass over to Virtanen who buried the one-timer. #shotgunjake made it 3-1 Vancouver.


Another quiet stretch of play followed the Virtanen goal, as these two teams battled hard for the next 5 minutes. Roussel nearly had a breakaway opportunity but watched as the puck rolled off his stick as he attempted to make a move to his forehand.

17 minutes into the period and Markstrom made a great stop to keep the Canucks up by 2. He stoned Colton Scissons on a breakaway, then made 2 quality stops on Grimaldi a minute later.


Those 2 stops were huge, as 19 minutes into the period Pettersson was taken down on a breakaway by Mattias Ekholm. Pettersson was awarded a penalty shot, and what followed… well, needless to say, it was quite pretty.


The Pettersson tally made it 4-1 Vancouver, and they were awarded another power-play late in the frame when Ekholm tripped up Tyler Motte. The Canucks couldn’t score on the first 40 seconds of their man-advantage and headed to the 3rd period up by 3, and their best chance to win a hockey game in a long time.


3rd Period

Canucks started the final frame with 1:20 left on their power-play from the previous period and got right to work. The boys fired numerous shots onto Jussi Saros, who entered into the game in relief of Rinne after Rinne allowed 4 goals for the first time this season. 1:21 into the period, and right as the Predators penalty expired, Loui Eriksson picked up the rebound in front and put it over the shoulder of Saros for his first point in 11 games, and extended the Canucks lead to 4. 5-1 Vancouver.


The Predators decided to turn up the pressure and dominated the Canucks for the next few minutes. The pressure turned into their 2nd goal, as Colton Scissons fired home a rebound into an open cage to make it 5-2 5 minutes into the 3rd.


8:30 minutes in, and Markstrom stood tall again! He made the first stop on a shot from the boards, then slid across to deny Bonino on the rebound attempt to keep the Canucks up by 3.


Next 8 minutes were slow as the Canucks ground out the period strong, and didn’t allow Nashville any quality chances to get back into the game.

Markstrom was strong in this game, but with 1:23 to go the Predators made it a 2 goal game. A Matt Irwin point shot deflected off a couple of objects, which included Eriksson, Predators forward Miikka Salomaki, and Markstrom’s blocker. After all the bounces, the puck slowly trickled past the Canucks goaltender and it was 5-3 Vancouver.


The Predators pulled Saros in an attempt to claw themselves back into the game, but couldn’t get another goal. For only the 2nd time in 14 games, the Canucks won a hockey game. They defeated the Nashville Predators by a score of 5-3.


Advanced Stats

Both photos courtesy of naturalstattrick.com


Wrap Up

Man, it felt good to watch this game. A great effort from the boys in the first 2 periods, and although the 3rd wasn’t pretty, they gutted one out in front of their home crowd. A couple of players really stood out tonight in the win.

Jake Virtanen was a monster and could’ve had more than just the 2 points on the scoresheet. He was robbed on a number of occasions before his first goal, and I thought he could’ve had 2 or 3 tonight. Fans waited patiently to shotgun another beer, or whatever beverage they could get their hands on, and they were treated tonight.

Bo Horvat was also a bull tonight. The leader of this team put in a marvelous effort tonight to help lead the boys to a win. He made some great plays on a few of the Canucks goals and was excellent defensively all night. Great game for the future captain (please make him the future captain).

Someone whose name I heard a lot on the broadcast tonight was Adam Gaudette. Gaudette was given a lot of ice time in the 3rd period and was effective in creating chances. He earned the trust of head coach Travis Green to play in the 3rd, and I thought he looked good.

Elias Pettersson looked like himself tonight, which means he was superb. That move on the penalty shot was disgusting (in the best way possible), and his hand-eye was critical in the set up that led to the Edler PP goal. He produced, and the Canucks won. Pretty simple stuff.


A big win for the boys tonight in a game they desperately needed. Everyone on the team contributed to the win tonight and it was the best they’ve looked in a long, long time. Can happily say that tonight, this didn’t look like a team on a 4 game losing streak, and only 1 win in their last 13. Good game Canucks, the city needed this.

  • Well done boys!
    The future got it done, including Jake! My mantra is play hard, keep close and draft Q’s brother Jack.
    But when the win, I enjoy it completely! Seriously, if you watch EP 40 with and without the puck. The guy is special!

  • Tonight’s contest showed a Canucks squad who worked just as hard as they have all season with two differences. 1)the other team has numerous injuries, and 2) the puck actually bounced in our favour. Yet another tid-bit for the Petey highlight reel on the PS. What hands!! Would like to have a video review go Vancouver’s way one of these days but what’s not to like about a win against 1st place NASH?

  • As I said through the preview article, it’s amazing what can happen when you exercise some discipline. I hope they learned a bit of a lesson on this one and they keep their stupid penalties to a minimum from now on.

    Anyone see the play where Tanev absolutely embarrassed Johansen off the puck as he was coming into the zone, in the first period? One of those Tanev plays where the other guy literally looks confused as to what just happened.

    I like Jake and Bo together. They really cause a lot of havoc with their speed and size. You could tell the Preds didn’t really seem to know what to do with that line. And was it just me or did that factor seem to kind of open things up for the “smaller” line of EP and Boeser? Or just a coincidence maybe… Whatever it was, both those lines were looking great. All the lines looked good for that matter.

    Yeah some scramble in the third they need to clean up but hard to complain about that game very much.

  • Every game i watch i become a bigger fan of Rousel. He goes 100 percent every shift and which ever line he is on has to follow his lead. The Virtannen draft looks better each game this year. His game is built for the playoffs. He will be a beast when we finally get to the post season again.

  • Very enjoyable game. My main complaints were the terrible call on the first goal (how is that possibly not tipped with a high stick?) and the brutal play by Pouliot on the 2nd goal. How do you look at the open guy cruising down low and decide to go to the one in front of the net who’s already covered? It’s plays like that (similar to the brain farts by MDZ) that make me think that despite his size, I’d rather play Biega. At least he hustles, he seems to rush the puck regularly and seems to understand the basics of defending. The Pouliot-Stetcher pairing was the one that got hemmed in its own zone on multiple occasions and pushed off the puck way too easily. I thought the other two were fine; Gudbranson now looks like a perfectly capable 4 d, which is a lot more than I could have said at any other point in his tenure here. Goldobin looked like he’s on borrowed time, the PP assist was fine but on the second one his bobbles lost possession at least three times and he was pretty useless otherwise. When Baertschi and Sutter come back I think he and Granlund will go to the press box, with Schaller and MDZ waived down to Utica. Goldobin was looking like he’d progressed but there are better options coming back and I think Leivo has already leapfrogged him.

    I would have said send Gaudette down earlier but I actually think he’s been improving every game — I thought this was one of his best. He caused havoc down low, was really hard on the puck, drove the play and was responsible defensively. I think if you threw him out there with Sutter and Eriksson, you’d have a decent 3rd line, with Beagle, Motte and Roussell as your 4th/energy, and Horvat, Baertschi and Virtanen and EP, Boeser and Leivo as your SC1 and SC2. It really is interesting to see how different the team looks with just a little of the load lifted off with the return of some of the veterans.

    And Motte is fast becoming one of my favorite players; this team’s Hansen. He never quits — all hustle all the time and he’s only got two less points than Vanek (albeit in about ten more games).

    That win doesn’t happen if not for four key saves by Markstrom — the two on breakaways/guys left alone when it was 3-1, a screened one on Josi and the bang-bang play on Bonino in the third when it was 5-2. I wondered if the Canucks would break on the 2nd and 3rd goals but there were some tremendous grind-it-out shifts, especially by Motte, Roussel and Horvat. I think Leivo is meshing really well with Boeser and EP — he’s got size, decent speed, but most of all you can see he has a hockey sense that some of the other wingers there haven’t. And he’s just harder on the puck than Goldobin (who I’ve tried to like all season long but just seems so lost at times).

    And that penalty shot goal — on Rinne no less. Now that is a thing of beauty.

    • I think you’re being way to hard on Goldobin. I thought he looked pretty good in that game. He was active a lot 5v5 and looked dangerous. Seems to have some trouble finishing though.

      Personally I think Gaudette’s earned a spot and should not be sent down no matter who comes back. He’s done just fine since being called up and this is exactly where he should be. Learning the NHL game in the NHL.

      Like the new guy too but I’ll reserve judgement until he’s been here a while and the “I’m on a new team” energy has faded.

      yeah…that was some serious deke…very impressive.

    • The high stick on Preds first goal leads me to think Mike Murphy or his influence still resides in the “war room”

      Motte yeah I’d agree he’s no spectacular but plays a solid game. My question is why didn’t they resign Hansen. He’d have played the same game maybe better than say Schaller and likely for the same term ( 2 years) and less money. He wasn’t advesrse to dropping the gloves when it wwas called for either

      • Because Hansen is 4 years older and has obviously lost a step or 2. Also, Schaller is going to end up being a healthy scratch most night here, and I would not be surprised if he gets sent down soon, assuming Leivo works out. Motte has clearly beaten him out for a spot on the roster.

        • I’m not sure what that means, is Schaller a long term signing ? JB was looking for the “now” rather than 3-4 years from now. I’m ambivalent but I find it hard to believe there’s much between the two, certainly Hansen was a positive influence as I reacall

      • Don’t forgot optics when talking about resigning Hansen. We could have resigned Hamhuis, who is still putting up excellent bottom 4 metrics. But resigning either would have instantly drawn Benning criticism for being stuck in the past.

      • It seems that they’ve always done it this way. They don’t care if the stick is at 5 feet and and crossbar is only 4 feet. It has to be flagrant, the player has to be on the edge of the crease, and the tip has to be from at least head height. This one came close to being just that, but they still allowed the call on the ice to stand. It’s the same with what they consider a kicking motion when it’s in off a skate. It has to be flagrant before they say no goal. I imagine every hockey fan out there feels their team has been robbed at one time or another by these non-calls. We just have to get use to it.

        • You’re wrong…if they can determine with certainty the puck struck the stick even a few inches above the bar, they’ll call it off…but certainty shouldn’t take more than 6 inches. That said, I paused the replay at stick/puck contact and honestly I can see why they let the call stand…it actually was pretty close, at least from that angle.

          • Do you remember the ‘96 World Cup winning goal? Brett Hull (a Canadian, but playing for the US) was in the face off circle and tipped a point shot with a stick sitting horizontal on his shoulder. Skates, body, shoulder pads, that stick was 5 and half feet high. The goal still stood. They’ve always done it this way. They don’t have the camera angles to take out all the parallax error. So if the tip is right at the crossbar, they go down to inches, if it’s at the top of crease, it’s more like a foot, it’s from the face off circle, it’s even more than that. I’m not saying it’s right, but it’s just the way they’ve decided to do it.

          • Uh…you’re using ’96 World Cup as you’re example? That’s your problem right there. This is the NHL and this is 2018.

      • It would have been a good idea if we were getting the old Hansen back…but there were times with us when Hansen didn’t have his full speed, and he was terrible…Hansen without his top hear is not an NHL player.

  • Lots to like in that game. Gotta keep Virtanen with Horvat. Roussel’s speed with those two was complimentary. Baertschi will be an upgrade in skill but I’m not sure he will be more effective. With MDZ in the press box the PK didn’t get tested. The PP was a little better. A great effort, they looked like the team that was winning those early games.

    • PP1 looked amazing. Crisp fast passes around the box taking defenders out of position, allowing for cross box passes for one timers. The way it ought to be! ?

      • Personally I wouldn’t say amazing. Yes, the passing was good and that did cause some nice opportunities, but the players are way too static. They need to move more.

        • Agreed. Fans often are criticized for being too hard on the team. In light of how poor the special teams have been of late, I thought I’d show some support ?

    • Yeah, that rush line looked great. A strong fast line like that is like a good counter-puncher in boxing, it forces the other team to either be less aggressive than they otherwise would or risk getting burned.

    • I liked Roussel with Horvat and Virtanen as well, although a larger sample size may change the opinion. Leaving the top two lines the same could leave Baertschi-Gaudette-Goldobin as a line. That would be a third scoring line and give Gaudette better line mates than he has see to date.

      • I suppose that is a possibility worth taking a look at but I think having Baer and Goldy on the same line would end up badly.

        It really shouldn’t be about this year. Baertschi, Goldobin and Leivo are all top 6 forwards on mediocre teams or injury replacements for playoff teams. I think the Canucks can afford to trade one or two of them. I like the Bo – Jake and Elias-Brock combinations for the top 6 but if the Canucks can upgrade the Lwingers they will have a very competitive top 6. They need the picks to do it with.

        We can debate which of Baertschi, Goldy or Leivo is the best option for which line but the truth is none of them are as good as needed on a contending team. Maybe Dahlen will be but there are no sure fire top 6 LWers in the system.

        • Trade Goldobin. Baertschi was starting to produce like a legit Top 6 LW until he got injured. Leivo was trending that way in Toronto but was never given a chance. Goldobin is the one where it’s pretty clear what he is: excellent offensive skill set but clearly deficient when it comes to size, grit, and defensive awareness.

          To be honest, I would try to trade Goldobin for Puljujarvi, one-for-one. Chiarelli is desperate and might be insane enough to do it. They botched Puljujarvi’s development by rushing him, I think he will be a Top 6 winger with proper development space and time.

          • Always a hoot to here more words of ‘wisdom’ from the same twerp who told us

            “I’d send a message by making Bachman our backup even though he hasn’t played a minute of preseason.” – Forever 1915


          • Look at the top 6 left wingers on the best 5 teams in the league. Is Baertschi as good as any of those guys? At some point the Canucks have to quit looking for stop gaps and adequate players and commit to building a roster that can compete. The Canucks have the pieces and prospects for a decent bottom 6, 4 of the top 6 including Virtanen, 2 or 3 veteran Dmen for the future (Hutton, Stecher and maybe Guddy), decent goalie and LD prospects. Everything else is expendable toward rounding out the future roster. This year it is time to make the moves to finish the top 6 and add to the RD.

        • They’re not getting any first round picks for any of those guys. And that’s where you get the “upgrade” you’re talking about. Those guy’s value is pretty much exactly what they already are. 2nd rounders at best. Might as well just keep them and see if one of them develops even more. It’s not like any of them are old. They have just as much chance of becoming a top 6 winger as taking the pick and waiting another 5 to 7 years for that 2nd rounder to become anything.

          • That is an unimaginative approach to maybe, hopefully, perhaps get a little bit better.

            Draft picks are a currency which invariably appreciate in value as the draft approaches. I agree with you on the value of these guys but what does Baertschi and a 2nd rd pick get you at the deadline from a contender? Perhaps a very good prospect that is only a year or 2 away from being an upgrade.

            Regardless the Canucks have to do more than just be a bad team for 2,3,4 more years with high draft picks to build a contending roster.

          • It’s realistic. The odds are the odds. Pretending they aren’t is where the problem comes in. And everyone seems to over value draft picks. People are blinded by players like Ryan Kesler, who make them think that’s what all second rounders “might become”, when the reality is barely any of them will ever be half as good as he is.

            If you’re talking about adding in more pieces then yeah of course you might be able to get a first round level talent for Sven and a 2nd. But that’s now become a different argument to what I was referring to.

            Unlike a few here I have no problem Benning kicking in later round picks on deals if he thinks the prospect he’s getting is worth it. To me there is very little difference in terms of the “gamble” on a straight second round pick or using that pick on a former very young first rounder that they think they can develop. Both are valid strategies.

  • Great game for the Canucks. Funny how well this team can play sometimes. Goldobin needs to shoot the puck more and not right at the goalie. He was terrible on the second powerplay. When Horvat wins the faceoff during the PP so cleanly. I would sure like to see the occasional one timer. I don’t think Goldy even played the third. I would like to see Gaudette get a chance in Goldys spot on the power play. Goldy is a good setup guy, but not that great a shot. The high stick goal by Nashville was brutal. Captain Horvat was driving the ship again. I don’t feel that safe with a lead when we put on our “shutdown “ with Beagle etc. I think the best way to hold a lead is playing our first two lines. I hate lines that sit back and let the other team bring it. Petey penalty shot was epic. This team plays pretty good when they’re not in the box. I don’t know if it’s because they played well or the refs put away the whistles. Motte was hooked hard at the end when Nashville had 6 players out, but no call. I know people tend to disagree with me on this one, but I’m still concerned about Boesers release. The guy won the accuracy contest and was a goal scoring machine. This year I don’t even know if he can wrist it top shelf. Hopefully he will get a hat trick and prove me wrong.

    • Gaudette has one goal. How does that warrant PP time? Replacing a playmaker with a guy who can’t make plays? How would this be a good idea? He’s going to Utica. It’s just a matter of time. It would be brutal being a winger on his line. You’d never see the puck.

  • we were at the game and it was fun. missed seeing PK Subban though he’s cool, but alot of us were saying after how come the canucks play sowell against the top teams like it’s a cup final game. A preds fan nearby said that’s becuse it is for the canucks. ouch! lol.

  • It`s hard to get excited when one of the best teams in the league comes to town but doesn`t play well.

    Roussel played his best game as a Canuck and the Horvat, Virtanen, Roussel line found their chemistry. So does Green mix and match again or let them find each other. Horvat, in particular, needed help as he`s been playing like the only guy he will pass to is Baertschi. Green also reduced Horvat`s TOI to under 20 minutes – the same as Pettersson so the two can share the burden of carrying the team. He also, finally, reduced Granlund`s icetime to under 13. Green really likes Granlund`s effort and plays him a lot (PP+PK) but he`s starting to look like Megna – looks busy but accomplishes nothing.

  • I listened to both the 1040 and 650 postgame shows after having watched the game. The first issue 650 (the Kenward guy particularly but also Hirsch) goes on about is how supportive they both were with Greens decision to bench Goldy for most of the 3rd after the score hit 5-1 (2 shifts total in 3rd) saying that by sitting, he could learn a rhing or two about defensive responsibility.

    The 1040 guys held the exact opposite opinion. They both couldn’t understand why Green would waste a ‘valuable coaching moment’ where he could keep throwing Goldy out there with a 4 goal lead and show some confidence in the 24 yr old (I think?).

    I completely agree with the latter. What could Goldy have possibly learned sitting almost the whole 3rd, watching his teammates absolutely crumble in the face of adversity in being outshot 13-5 as TG employed his classic Willie D defensive tactics. Predators completely owned Canucks in the 3rd after the 5-1 Eriksson goal.

    So…Goldy learned that the entire squad around him is as defensively deficient as he is apparently in TGs eyes?

    Can anybody offer any support to the 650 Kenward/Hirsch position that his benching was a good move? (I’m serious here and not just being my usual sarcastic self).

    Lastly, anybody else notice how much better Gaudette looked in his 3rd line role with more minutes? Good stuff Adam!

    • Only justification I could see is that Goldobin’s got a cold or flu that’s slowing him a bit but not keeping him out of the game and once the game was essentially won, Green was resting him. The “teaching him defence” thing is bizarre and I completely agree with you / 1040 – if you want a guy to learn to play defence, then put him out there to play defence.

      • He does not need to “teach him defence”. He want Goldobin to put in a consistent effort.

        He put him out, Goldobin does not block a shot, or take a hit to make a play and clear the zone (both reasonable project outcomes based on past performance) then he has ‘failed’. Why bother? Goldobin had a good game. Leave it at that.

        Do you think Goldobin was upset he was not out there blocking shots in the final ten minutes? I think he was probably pretty happy. Keeps his fancy stats high (especially on the every insightful “per 60” basis) and he is not (inadvertently) taking pucks off the laces.

        • Thx for the input. I suppose I hypothesized cause Goldy seems to be quite the polarizing player with the media and with the coach in particular. Some feel he should simply be respected and left alone to pursue his Alex Mogilny-esque ‘floater defence’ and poor coverage while leaving him in the top 6 on account of his offensive skills.

          Some feel he needs his “resets” to learn to grow his game.

          Then there’s TG who anytime media seems to ask him a Goldy question talking about his positives, TG seems to always find a way of describing him with a glass half empty perspective. Never wanting to compliment him too much. Maybe Green sees his potential and is trying to round out his game following in the same formula that turned around Ben Huttons game from last season? Seems reasonable.

          Its like Goldy is getting the JV18 treatment from October and all last year about his consistency.

    • It’s one thing to not trust an offensively oriented player with defending a one goal lead in the third, but when you’re up 5-1 what message are you sending? Sure talk to him and tell him that you want him out there defending not looking for goals, but if you’re going to bench him in that situation why have him in the lineup at all?

    • I didn’t listen to either channels, but the explanation is simple. The reason why Goldobin was benched was because they are up 5-1 and wanted to protect the lead.

      Green does not expect Goldobin to turn into a defensive forward; it ain’t him. He want his offence combined with effort on the back-check, and above all avoiding the brutal turn-overs and giveaways that plague him. Why put him out there in a position to fail? You are not teaching a guy to play defence in a game they surely needed to win. That is not practice. It is not putting him in a position to succeed.

      Perhaps the message was … good game Goldy … we got this.

    • I’d say Goldobin’s benching needs to be viewed in the context of the trade and his entire time spent with the Canucks. The message is clear: “San Jose gave up on you because you don’t play defence. We are willing to roll the dice [because we’re desperate for scoring], even making you play PK for the first time in your career. But you are *still* not backchecking and giving up more goals than you produce. You haven’t earned our trust yet; work harder with the minutes you get, next time.”

      • Except that he isn’t – Goldobin’s even strength goal differential is +3, with a dead-even 100 PDO. Relative to his teammates, Goldobin is one of the biggest positive influences on the team, with positive possession numbers and +6.5% corsi rel, which is significant. The fact is that the Canucks are outshooting, outchancing, and outscoring opponents when Goldobin is on the ice.

  • The line of Jake, Bo and Roussel really drove the play in the best first period in two months. The rest of the team definitely fed off their success and played a very entertaining game. It looks like Beagle’s hand injury is not fully recovered by his lack of success in the circle.

  • Strikes me as much as this was a great game to watch, the Nashville coach would like a Mulligan on his pre game plan. They never came to terms with the Vcr D joining in the offense with pinches and rushes often resulting in Vcr out manning the Preds in thier zone. Virtanen showed again he’s starting to see the game in a broader sense now making plays for others. His pass to Gaudette earlier and his pass to Horvat was important to me in as much as we’re seeing a new addition ( and important one ) to Virtanen’s game. He may not be completely over the hump but those plays show it’s possible and he can become a complete player. Certainly takes a little heat off JB 🙂

  • Hey Cole, solid write up here. They’re getting better. The biggest improvement is not including comments from that huge doucher that used to work here. Thank you for that. Much appreciated. Once he leaves 1040, I may tune into that station again…maybe…they still have that mongloid Pratt.

    Solid effort by the team even if the Preds have some key injuries. I’m still on Team Tank and want a high pick as well as trading out key vets at deadline. Adding another young, future core D man and centre would be nice (be it at the draft, deadline or both).