Five things about Friday night’s game…
- Hal Gill stepped back into the lineup in place of Jonathon Blum and played a pretty solid game for the Predators. He was a big help on Nashville’s penalty kill, which was fantastic when tested.
“One of the things is the Sedin’s are outstanding [on the] power play. We felt that Hal could really help us there, and he did. I thought Hal played a really solid game. I thought Blum has played well thus far, but his weakest games were his last two. I think Hal is tremendous in terms of handling size. It was really important to have his size, experience and penalty killing ability, especially against Vancouver,” said Predators Head Coach Barry Trotz.
- It was another hard fought, one-goal game between the Predators and Canucks. That has become pretty common with these two teams, and Roberto Luongo was the star of the show on Friday night.
“When we play these guys those are the type of games we get into pretty much every time. It’s tough to beat a goalie like that, especially with the way they play so we had to be patient and not force things and give them ammunition on their rush, and I thought we did a great job with that,” Luongo said.
- There were several good hits in this game by both teams. Rich Clune drilled Ryan Kesler early in the first period, and Hal Gill laid a good hit on Dale Weise along the boards. It was one of the most physical games the Predators have been involved in so far this season.
-Kevin Bieksa left the game and did not return for the Canucks. He only logged 9:31 of ice time before leaving. He is one of their most valuable defensemen, and they can’t afford to lose him for an extended period of time.
“Kevin tweaked a groin a little bit. We’ll know more tomorrow but at first it doesn’t seem to be that serious,” said Canucks Head Coach Alain Vigneault.
- Nashville only has five regulation losses on the season so far, and they have been shutout in four of them.
Three stars of Friday night’s game…
1. Roberto Luongo, VAN… Luongo stopped all 23 shots he faced on the night, and made some key saves from point-blank range to keep the Canucks afloat in the first period.
2. Dale Weise, VAN… Weise scored the game-winning goal for the Canucks and the only goal of the contest.
3. Pekka Rinne, NSH… Rinne played another good game in net for the Predators but didn’t get any goal support.