Canucks Report: On to the next one
Just two days after one of their most thrilling victories on home ice in franchise history, the Canucks are back at Rogers Arena to open up the Western Conference Semi Finals against the Nashville Predators.
ON TO THE NEXT ONE
By Joey Kenward, Team 1040
Just two days after one of their most thrilling victories on home ice in franchise history, the Canucks are back at Rogers Arena to open up the Western Conference Semi Finals against the Nashville Predators. 18 points separated the Canucks and Predators during the regular season, but in their four head-to-head meetings, each team posted a win at home and on the road. Nashville out-scored Vancouver 8-6 in the season series and neither club scored a first period goal. The power play was not a factor for either team as the Canucks went a combined 1-for-16 on the man advantage while the Predators were 0-for-14.
Here are the leaders for both teams from their regular season head-to-head meetings:
Martin Erat 4 GP (1-3-4)
Mike Fisher 3 GP (2-0-2)
Patric Hornqvist 4 GP (1-1-2)
David Legwand 4 GP (1-1-2)
Shea Weber 4 GP (1-1-2)
Pekka Rinne 4 GP (2-2)W-L 1.26 GAA .962 SV%
Lifetime the Canucks are 29-17-3 against the Preds, which includes a 14-10-1 record at Rogers Arena.
Roberto Luongo heads into the fourth conference semi final series of his career with an overall playoff record of 21-20 to go along with a 2.53 GAA and .916 save percentage. Luongo has yet to progress on to a conference final. Lifetime against the Predators in regular season play, the Vezina Trophy finalist is 10-10-3.
Alex Burrows scored his second playoff series-clinching overtime winning goal on Tuesday over the Chicago Blackhawks, becoming the first Canuck since Greg Adams to score two overtime series clinching goals. One night later, Burrows became a father for the first time as his wife Nancy gave birth to a baby girl named Victoria! In 23 career games against Nashville, Burrows has nine goals and two assists.
Shea Weber has received his first Norris Trophy nomination after another dominating season on defence. Having appeared in every game for Nashville, the Sicamous, BC native had a career-high 32 assists to go along with 16 goals. He also finished the season third overall in the NHL when it came to total ice time.