Canucks - Predators preview - 04-28-11

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

(1) Canucks vs. (5) Predators

Canucks Leading Postseason Scorer: Daniel Sedin, 7 points (5 goals, 2 assists).

Predators Leading Postseason Scorer: Mike Fisher 6 points (3 goals, 3 assists).

Canucks Postseason Statistics

Predators Posteason Statistics

Canucks with Stanley Cup bling: Mikael Samuelsson.

Predators with Stanley Cup bling: None.

Something worthwhile about the Canucks: No team still alive in the postseason has a lower goals scored per game average than Vancouver's 2.29.

Something worthwhile about the Predators: The Predators have the worst penalty killing percentage in the postseason at 63.6 percent.

Something useless about the Canucks that is vaguely connected to the Penguins: The only Ted Lindsay/Lester B. Pearson Award winning in Canucks history is former Penguins forward Markus Naslund. He won the award in 2002-03.

Something useless about the Predators that is vaguely connected to the Penguins: The first two captains in Predators history were former Penguins forward Greg Johnson and current Penguins executive Tom Fitzgerald.

Former Penguins on the Canucks: Mikael Samuelsson, RW.

Former Penguins on the Predators: None.

Who needs to be the difference for the Canucks: Ryan Kesler (above), Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin, etc. The Predators win with defense but had some trouble with the Ducks in the first round when Anaheim was allowed to operate creatively. If the Canucks can create some things with their vaunted offense, they should be able to move on to the conference final.

Who needs to be the difference for the Predators: Shea Weber (above), Ryan Suter, etc. The Predators' penalty kill struggled against the offensively gifted Ducks. And it doesn't get any easier against the Canucks. Nashville needs to clean its end shorthanded and that begins with Weber and Suter, one of the best defensive tandems in hockey.

Best Canucks YouTube Video We Could Find: Alex Burrows' series-clinching overtime goal against the Blackhawks in Game 1 of their Western Conference quarterfinal series:

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Best Predators YouTube Video We Could Find: Jerred Smithson's overtime goal against the Ducks in Game 6 of their Western Conference quarterfinal series:

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EN Prediction: The Canucks have some of the best depth in the NHL. They have numbers at every position. Just based on that, they should win this series. But as we saw in the first round, if they're outworked, they can beat. The Predators battle for every inch on the ice. Plus, Canucks goaltender Robert Luongo has been shaky. That said, we still expect the Canucks to take this. Canucks, 4-2.

(Photos: Sedin-Rich Lam/Getty Images: Weber-Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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