How They Match-Up
Wednesday, 04.27.2011 / 1:20 AM
By Jay Levin - Nashville Predators / Playoff Blog -- Conference Semifinals vs. Vancouver Canucks
The Preds and Canucks met four times during the regular season with each team winning twice in regulation. The teams both split at home. Nashville did hold an 8-6 advantage in goals during the series.
Marty Erat and Daniel Sedin led the series scoring with four points each (both had one goal and three assists). Alex Burrows and Henrik Sedin both had three points, but no other Canuck had more than one point in the season series. The Preds had five players with two points in the season series, including the trio of Mike Fisher, Patric Hornqvist, and Sergei Kostitsyn --- Nashville's most consistent threat during the first round win over Anaheim.
For more indepth stats check out this link for a series breakdown
Here's the game-by-game quick peek:
January 26 at Vancouver: Canucks 2, Predators 1
In the final game before the All-Star Break, Shea Weber scored 37 seconds into the third period to give the Preds a 1-0 lead, but Alex Burrows scored midway through the frame to tie the game and rookie Lee Sweatt, playing in his first career NHL game, netted the game-winner 1:52 later. Roberto Luongo made 26 saves for the win, while Pekka Rinne stopped 33-of-35 in net for the Preds.
February 17 at Nashville: Predators 3, Canucks 1
The teams scored four times in a 4:58 span late in the second period. Martin Erat opened the scoring with his 10th goal of the season. Nick Spaling scored seven seconds after Daniel Sedin tied the game, giving the Preds the lead for good. Mike Fisher closed out the scoring with his first goal in a Nashville uniform -- just his third game for the Preds -- at the 19:11 mark of the middle frame. Pekka Rinne made 35 saves for the win, while Roberto Luongo stopped 23-of-26 for Vancouver.
March 3 at Vancouver: Predators 3, Canucks 0
The teams skated scoreless for the first two periods before Blake Geoffrion's goal 1:59 into the third period -- his second career NHL goal -- gave the Preds the lead. Patric Hornqvist's highlight reel strip and breakaway goal pushed the lead to 2-0 with 2:21 remaining in regulation and then David Legwand added an empty netter to seal the game. Pekka Rinne picked up the win with a 29-save shutout.
March 29 at Nashville: Canucks 3, Predators 1
Pekka Rinne made 29 saves, but a pair of Alex Burrows third period goals helped Vancouver erase a 1-0 defecit and Aaron Rome's empty netter sealed the game. Mike Fisher scored the Preds goal late in the second period. Roberto Luongo stopped 16-of-17 shots in net for the Canucks.