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Predatorial Pregame Warmup: December 3, 2013


Dec 3, 2013

Written by: Kristopher Martel


Last updated: December 2, 2013 at 10:54 pm


Nashville Predators (13-11-3) vs Vancouver Canucks (14-10-5)
Gametime: 7:00pm CT / 8:00pm ET
Television: FS-Tennessee
Radio: 102.5 The Game



Nashville Predators - Pekka Rinne (hip), Filip Forsberg (upper body injury), Shea Weber (face), Kevin Klein (foot)

Vancouver Canucks - Jordan Schroeder (foot/ankle)

Projected Goaltending Matchup

Marek Mazanec, 5-4-1, 2 SO, 0.932Sv%, 2.00GAA


Roberto Luongo, 11-8-5, 2 S), 0.911Sv%, 2.41GAA

Keep an eye on...

Nashville Predators -

Colin Wilson – Game three of him being our player to “keep an eye on”. However, after being criticized Saturday night by head coach Barry Trotz on his lack of production and ability to finish, it’ll be interesting to see how he responds.

Vancouver Canucks -

Ryan Kesler Three points in his last two games, including two goals (one being the game winner) against the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday night in Raleigh, he’s had the Predators number over the recent years.

Main Storylines

Nashville Predators -

Inconsistencies plague the Predators, it’s as simple as that. Wins against teams at the top, losses against teams at the bottom. However, for all of their inconsistencies, they sit only five points outside of a playoff wild card spot. To be in that position after their sub-par start speaks to their recovery in net and their ability to string together wins for every loss they incur.

With the return of Patric Hornqvist on Saturday night, he immediately contributed with an assist and multiple scoring chances during the game. Colin Wilson scored his first goal in 11 games, however could have easily had a natural hat trick with his scoring chances throughout the evening. Leading scorer David Legwand has been quiet as of late, scoring only one goal and one assist in his previous five games.

Marek Mazanec is still on fire for the Predators after Saturday night’s shootout loss to the Flyers. Even with a record of 5-4-1, his 2.00 GAA and 0.932 Sv% still ranks him in the Top 10 in both categories in the NHL. With the news that Pekka Rinne could be on the mend soon, including having an MRI this Thursday to give us a little more detail, it’ll be interesting to see how the backup position plays out for Nashville when Rinne finally returns.

Vancouver Canucks -

After starting the season with a wonderful 11-5-2 record, the Vancouver Canucks have cooled off big time. Posting a 4-5-4 record in the month of November, including a stretch of five straight losses (0-3-2) in the middle of the month, the Canucks have been trying to find a way to right the ship. In their final game of a four-game road trip against Nashville tonight, Vancouver will look to get their third win of the trip after sandwiching two wins against a loss to the Rangers this past Saturday night.

Vancouver is led by the eternally dynamic duo of Henrik and Daniel Sedin, contributing 28 and 25 points respectively. Henrik Sedin’s 21 assists are good for fifth in the NHL, while Daniel Sedin’s balanced his scoring out with 10 goals and 15 assists. Ryan Kesler’s 12 goals and eight assists aren’t too far behind, while former Nashville Predators is surprisingly fourth in scoring for the Canucks with six goals and 11 assists.

Before last season, it seemed as if Vancouver tried everything they could do to get rid of top netminder Roberto Luongo. However, with Alain Vigneault fired after last season and Cory Schneider traded away, Luongo is the man in between the pipes for the long haul in Vancouver. Carrying a record of 11-8-5 with two shutouts, Luongo has played stellar for the Canucks so far in this early season.

Last time out...

Ryan Kesler scored twice and the Sedin brothers record four assists between them as the Vancouver Canucks knocked off the Nashville Predators 5-2 on April 15th, 2013

One interesting fact...

Nashville is 20-29-7 all-time against the Vancouver Canucks.

Last season was the third season in Nashville’s franchise history that they were winless against the Canucks.

The Predators have one win in their past seven games against Vancouver.


Photo Credit: Sarah Fuqua