Nashville Predators @ Vancouver Canucks Game 2 Preview: Short Memories

VANCOUVER, CANADA - APRIL 28: Ryan Kesler #17 of the Vancouver Canucks gets roughed up by Kevin Klein #8 of the Nashville Predators while battling for position infront of goalie Pekka Rinne #35 of the Nashville Predators during the second period in Game One of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 28, 2011 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC, Canada. (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)

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It'd be easy to sit here and write about the many, many problems the Nashville Predators had in Game One against the Vancouver Canucks. Nobody decided to show up besides Pekka Rinne and Mike Fisher, and the results everywhere but the scoreboard (due only to Rinne's performance) made that very apparent. 

That said, the other side of the coin is this - they only lost by one goal, and it'd be nearly impossible for the team as a whole to play any worse than they did on Thursday night. There's room for improvement in every area, and a full 60 minutes will very likely do the job required to beat the Canucks and take home ice back to Nashville. 

As bad as the Predators were, the Canucks were just as good, and I doubt that they can bring the same type of performance two games in a row. If Nashville can shake the deer-in-the-headlights look and capitalize on the mistakes that are sure to come, they'll find themselves right back where they were in round one - headed back to Bridgestone Arena with a 1-1 split. 

"We win and lose as a group of 20 every night," Barry Trotz said on Thursday, and that's really what it will come down to tonight. The Canucks are too good for Nashville to stroll around and wait for some lucky bounces, but just ask the Anaheim Ducks what happens when all 20 Predators contribute. I expect we'll see more of the latter than the former tonight at Rogers Centre. 

While you're getting ready for the game, listen to a report from Preds' play-by-play man Pete Weber, on the scene yesterday in Vancouver (MP3):

Pete Weber 4-29-2011 

Tonight's projected lineups:

Nashville:


Pekka Rinne

#35 / Goalie / Nashville Predators

6-5

207

Nov 03, 1982

GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Pekka Rinne 64 3789 33 22 134 2.12 1905 1771 .930 6

Forwards
Kostitsyn - Fisher - Hornqvist
Ward - Legwand - Erat 
Tootoo - Smithson - Spaling
Sullivan (A) - Geoffrion - Halischuk
Defense
Weber (C) - Suter (A)
Blum - Klein
Franson - O'Brien

Vancouver: 


Roberto Luongo

#1 / Goalie / Vancouver Canucks

6-3

217

Apr 04, 1979


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Roberto Luongo 60 3590 38 15 126 2.11 1753 1627 .928 4
Forwards
D. Sedin (A) - H. Sedin (C) - Samuelsson
Raymond - Kesler (A) - Burrows
Hansen - Lapierre - Higgins
Glass - Oreskovich - Torres
Defense
Hamhuis - Bieksa
Edler - Ehrhoff
Ballard - Rome
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