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Postby rats19 » Wed Mar 19, 2014 12:38 pm

Last 10: Nashville 4-6-0; Vancouver 3-6-1

Season series: It's the third and final game of the season between the Nashville Predators and Vancouver Canucks. The road team has won each of the first two. Nashville's 2-1 victory at Rogers Arena ended a four-game losing streak to the Canucks.

Big story: Each team is watching its hopes of making the Stanley Cup Playoffs fade away. Vancouver is back home after a 4-3 road loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning and begins the night five points out of the second wild-card position in the Western Conference. The Predators are eight points out of a playoff berth after being routed by the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday.

Team Scope:

Predators: The best thing about the 5-1 loss to the Oilers is that coach Barry Trotz and his players won't have much time to dwell on it.

"We had a lot of no-shows, guys that didn't play to their capabilities and that's not good enough for us," coach Barry Trotz said.

Nashville trailed 1-0 after one period and 3-1 after two; Jordan Eberle added two goals in the third period to send starting goaltender Pekka Rinne to the bench after allowing five goals on 26 shots.

"It was obviously not the best game for myself," Rinne said. "I'm disappointed for sure. It's the way it goes I guess once in a while, but it's not acceptable. It's a little bit embarrassing too."

Canucks: The loss to the Lightning was another nail in the coffin of Vancouver's hopes for a sixth straight trip to the playoffs. Part of the problem has been that rookie goaltender Eddie Lack, who was terrific as a backup for Roberto Luongo, has struggled since becoming the starter following the trade that sent Luongo to the Florida Panthers.

Lack's goals-against average in seven games since the trade is 3.68. His save percentage is .862.

Despite Lack's struggles, coach John Tortorella says he still has confidence in Lack. Tortorella has yet to start Jacob Markstrom, who came from Florida in the Luongo trade.

"This is part of his development as far as being a No. 1 – to understand some of the workload it's going to take," Tortorella told the media when asked about Lack. "It's going to take some time, but we feel he has the ability and we're going to go through the process with him."

Who's hot: Defenseman Shea Weber has a goal and four points in Nashville's past four games … Canucks forward Alexandre Burrows, who went without a goal in his first 35 games this season, has five in his past five games. That includes two in the third period at Tampa Bay.

Injury report: The Canucks are missing defensemen Christopher Tanev (hand) and Andrew Alberts (concussion), centers Ryan Kesler (knee) and Mike Santorelli (season-ending shoulder surgery), and first-line left wing Daniel Sedin (knee).

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Re: Nashville @ Vancouver 7:00 PM PT FS-TN,SNET-P

Postby SKYO » Wed Mar 19, 2014 1:10 pm

Finally a 7pm start! Image

Just going to enjoy watching the new guys play, mathematically we are almost eliminated, yes I know for moral and everything winning will help, but really if we are going to miss the playoffs, I'd rather the team not almost make it and we are left with a mediocre pick.

I'm not saying tank the season, but they should tank the season, they won't/but should, as with a piss poor defense, hardly any snipers, a lot of 3rd line plugs, a rookie goalie, it's almost a given we'll be playing .300 hockey from here on out...until next season when we inject steroids into every player and brute force Peter Twist to come back to be our trainer again..http://www.twistconditioning.com/about/peter-twist/peter-twist-resume.asp
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Re: Nashville @ Vancouver 7:00 PM PT FS-TN,SNET-P

Postby mathonwy » Wed Mar 19, 2014 1:10 pm

Why is Markstrom not playing?

Isn't now the time to see what unproven players have to offer? (This is essentially our 2014/15 pre season).

We pretty much know what to expect from Lack. Good goaltending 85% of the time.

How about throwing Markstrom a bone eh Torts?
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Re: Nashville @ Vancouver 7:00 PM PT FS-TN,SNET-P

Postby The Brown Knight » Wed Mar 19, 2014 4:14 pm

mathonwy wrote:We pretty much know what to expect from Lack. Good goaltending 85% of the time.


Mathonwy,

Although the last thing I want to do on here is question the intelligence of guys like you and Meds, your comment is just really silly.

"We pretty much know what to expect from Lack.".

LOL. He's been our starting goaltender for what? 6 games. Let's give the guy a bigger sample size (I.e. More than 6 friggin games) before casting judgement upon thee. Markstrom will get his chance soon enough.
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Re: Nashville @ Vancouver 7:00 PM PT FS-TN,SNET-P

Postby Topper » Wed Mar 19, 2014 4:38 pm

The Brown Knight wrote:
mathonwy wrote:We pretty much know what to expect from Lack. Good goaltending 85% of the time.


Mathonwy,

Although the last thing I want to do on here is question the intelligence of guys like you and Meds, your comment is just really silly.

There are no questions to ask about their intelligence. It is like asking about the matter in a perfect vacuum.

I am beginning to believe Mathowny is the latest handle of Lil' Bitchelli.
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Re: Nashville @ Vancouver 7:00 PM PT FS-TN,SNET-P

Postby Hockey Widow » Wed Mar 19, 2014 6:51 pm

mathonwy wrote:Why is Markstrom not playing?

Isn't now the time to see what unproven players have to offer? (This is essentially our 2014/15 pre season).

We pretty much know what to expect from Lack. Good goaltending 85% of the time.

How about throwing Markstrom a bone eh Torts?



Again, the Canucks don't like Jacob's positioning and have not had a chance to work with him enough to turn a game over to him. As long as the Canucks are still mathematically in the playoff hunt Torts has said he will run with Lack. Torts, the same guy that went with Lack over Luongo because he felt that gave the team the best chance to get points isn't going to suddenly turn the game over to the new guy.

Lack will start, he is the new number one. Simple.
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Re: Nashville @ Vancouver 7:00 PM PT FS-TN,SNET-P

Postby theman » Wed Mar 19, 2014 7:20 pm

Pretty boring game so far.
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Re: Nashville @ Vancouver 7:00 PM PT FS-TN,SNET-P

Postby theman » Wed Mar 19, 2014 7:29 pm

Tempo has picked up since I posted the above.
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Re: Nashville @ Vancouver 7:00 PM PT FS-TN,SNET-P

Postby theman » Wed Mar 19, 2014 7:59 pm

You know it was a boring period when there were no posts during the intermission.
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Re: Nashville @ Vancouver 7:00 PM PT FS-TN,SNET-P

Postby rats19 » Wed Mar 19, 2014 8:04 pm

Scoring seems to work...kill this pp then score....please
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Re: Nashville @ Vancouver 7:00 PM PT FS-TN,SNET-P

Postby Meds » Wed Mar 19, 2014 8:04 pm

theman wrote:You know it was a boring period when there were no posts during the intermission.


Nah.....everyone here is just resigned to the fact that we aren't making the playoffs, but we're gonna win enough to finish 9th or 10th and therefore not get a decent draft pick.

So nobody cares. :P
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Re: Nashville @ Vancouver 7:00 PM PT FS-TN,SNET-P

Postby Meds » Wed Mar 19, 2014 8:05 pm

rats19 wrote:Scoring seems to work...kill this pp then score....please


I say rats.....Why not do both at the same time eh wot?
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Re: Nashville @ Vancouver 7:00 PM PT FS-TN,SNET-P

Postby rats19 » Wed Mar 19, 2014 8:08 pm

Meds...we did last game...came oh so close right there too
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Re: Nashville @ Vancouver 7:00 PM PT FS-TN,SNET-P

Postby theman » Wed Mar 19, 2014 8:26 pm

This team desperately needs a goal.

*fixed it*
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Re: Nashville @ Vancouver 7:00 PM PT FS-TN,SNET-P

Postby mathonwy » Wed Mar 19, 2014 8:53 pm

Hockey Widow wrote:
mathonwy wrote:Why is Markstrom not playing?

Isn't now the time to see what unproven players have to offer? (This is essentially our 2014/15 pre season).

We pretty much know what to expect from Lack. Good goaltending 85% of the time.

How about throwing Markstrom a bone eh Torts?



Again, the Canucks don't like Jacob's positioning and have not had a chance to work with him enough to turn a game over to him. As long as the Canucks are still mathematically in the playoff hunt Torts has said he will run with Lack. Torts, the same guy that went with Lack over Luongo because he felt that gave the team the best chance to get points isn't going to suddenly turn the game over to the new guy.

Lack will start, he is the new number one. Simple.


Must have missed that. Thank you kindly.
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