If you know me at all, you know I’m dreading this game after the calamity that’s been the last few. The Canucks new found “thug” (thank you, Richard Sherman, for that) status makes me wince.
However, the Preds traded one of their more feisty pieces away yesterday when they sent Klein to New York for Del Zotto. Daily Faceoff has Del Zotto skating with Ellis as the third pairing, but I think it’s more likely we’ll see Weber-Jones, Josi-Del Zotto, Ekholm-Ellis. Or Weber-Josi, Del Zotto-Jones. We’ll see. Any way you cut it, Nashville’s defense is a force to be reckoned with.
Compare and Contrast:
Back in December, the Canucks beat the Predators 3-1 at Bridgestone arena. However, the Predators were without Weber and the Canucks were full steam ahead. Now, it’s just the opposite. The Canucks are without Henrik Sedin still (I believe – have we had an update on that? Edit: Confirmed by @VanCanucks, Henrik is out still) and the Predators are full steam ahead, winning three of their last four games.
Keep Your Eyes On (Nashville)
Roman Josi. 6 pts in his last 4 games, including a goal in each of the last 2. Plus, he’s just fun to watch. I’m curious to see if there’s new defense pairings and if they’re are, what they do to his game.
Colin Wilson. He only has 7 goals on the season, but he’s quietly picked up 16 assists.
Keep Your Eyes On (Canucks)
Ryan Kesler. He always seems to do well against the Predators… I credit this:
He doesn’t want to see that happening. (credit: @booknerdguru)
Edit: Ryan Stanton is back. Keep your eye on him.
Canucks win, Ryan Kesler picks up at least 1 goal, and Sestito and Clune fight. Edit: Stanton does amazing things that make me love him even more. Book it.