Nashville doesn't have time to dwell on last night's loss for very long. They are right back at it tonight against the Northwest Division-leading Vancouver Canucks. There isn't much to say about this team anymore that doesn't involve the words "end" and "season," or even, "now."
But Filip Forsberg is finally on the team. It couldn't have been easy to fly from Sweden on Saturday, practice for the first time on Sunday and then jump right into a game against a desperate bubble team on national television. He looked pretty good and here's hoping that continues tonight.
The Canucks are coming off an uncharacteristic loss to the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center Saturday afternoon. Before Jan Hejda scored with 7.6 seconds left in regulation, they were 8-0-1 in their last nine visits to the Mile High City. Losing to the Western Conference's worst team is sure to make them an angry customer when they hit the ice tonight.
Vancouver looks to be rolling to another division title. It's hard not to find an impact player on the roster that isn't racking up points right now. While it's no shock the Sedin twins are first and second on the team in scoring, former Predator Dan Hamhuis is on a five-game point streak,
#2 / Defenseman / Vancouver Canucks
Dec 13, 1982
|2012 - Dan Hamhuis||41||4||17||21||+7||10||0||1||0||51||7.8|
Last night was the ninth time this season the Predators have failed to score a goal in a game. The team just isn't clicking right now, no doubt due to the mass amounts of rookies that have been injected to the lineup in recent weeks.
One bright spot for a regular roster player is David Legwand, who is still managing to find ways to score, though he is tied in goals with Gabriel Borque who hasn't played since early this month.
#11 / Center / Nashville Predators
Aug 17, 1980
|2012 - David Legwand||43||11||12||23||-2||20||2||0||2||67||16.4|
Kevin Klein is out of the lineup with a "below the neck" injury. Good thing it's not an "above the shoes" or a "somewhere" injury or else he'd really be in trouble.
Even though there are six teams separating Nashville from the last spot in the league, with every passing night it seems they get closer and closer to drafting in the top five. In a extremely deep draft year, so there are worse things to do than move up another spot or two on the draft board.