Courtesy of ESPN
Tonight, the Predators took it to the Canucks in the third period and came out on the winning end of this one, 3-0
Powerplay – 0 for 2, 0%
Powerplay For The Season – 32 for 215, 14.8%
Penalty Kill – 2 for 2, 100%
Penalty Kill For The Season – 33 for 229, 85.6%
Best Play of the Game: Patric Hornqvist absolutely picks ex-Predator Dan Hamhuis’s pocket and does an alley-oop around Roberto Luongo to give the Predators a 2-0 lead late in the third period
Worst Play of the Game: Not many things wrong with this game, as the Predators know they have to play perfect hockey, but Shane O’Brien (EVEN though he saved a goal later on) needs to watch his penalties. He took another one early in this game that could have easily been avoided
Players (Good and Bad) of the Game:
The Good: Pekka Rinne – When you shut out the league leading Canucks, you know you are doing something right. Pekka could shut out EVERY single team EVERY night if he could just get the run support, which he did tonight.
The Bad: N/A, not singling any Predator out tonight. All around great job
My Preds #1 Star: Again, giving this to Pekka Rinne. Shutout? Against Vancouver? Thank you, sir, may we have another.
Synopsis: Are you superstitious? Well you should be after tonights game. The Canucks played right into Fate’s open arms as they have gone L-W-L-W-L-W-L-W-L-W and add another L after tonights game. What else? So far, my theory of the post-Detroit hangover may be correct, as the Predators broke the stretch and came out with another win.
But what does that all mean? Absolutely nothing in the real world.
The Predators played 60 HARD minutes against the number one team in the league and did three things while doing so:
1) Get themselves right back into the playoff hunt
2) Get Pekka Rinne’s Vezina trophy stats back in line
3) Tell their Western Conference foes that they’re not leaving quite so soon
The kids helped out, the veterans looked good, and the defense was solid. What more can you ask for? You just gotta hope that both Cody Franson and Jerred Smithson are ok after their brushes with potential injuries late in the game
Remember, readers: MARCH IS GOOD MARCH IS GOOD MARCH IS GOOD…
Next game is Sunday March 6th against the Calgary Flames at 7:00pm
Playoff Outlook: 75 points, Currently, 7th place – 1 point out of 4th and 10 points out of the Division Lead
Best of 19 Record: 1-0-1
Smarch Record: 1-0-1
Thanks for reading!