Nashville Knocks Vancouver Out Of Playoff Picture With 2-1 Win

CANUCKS BANTER     By Andrew Chernoff    January 27, 2016

 

The Vancouver Canucks (20-19-11) hosted the Nashville Predators (23-18-8) last night at Rogers Place, beginning a three game home stand.

In Vancouver’s first home game since the completion of their 6-game road trip, the Canucks fell behind early, and found it difficult to execute their game plan against the Predators, who played well in all facets of their game.

VANCOUVER, BC - JANUARY 26: Brandon Sutter #21 of the Vancouver Canucks scores on Pekka Rinne #35 of the Nashville Predators during their NHL game at Rogers Arena January 26, 2016 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

VANCOUVER, BC – JANUARY 26: Brandon Sutter #21 of the Vancouver Canucks scores on Pekka Rinne #35 of the Nashville Predators during their NHL game at Rogers Arena January 26, 2016 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

Brandon Sutter scored his first goal in 33 games on his return to the line-up from a sports hernia operation;  Chris Tanev had an assist (1-7=8 in last 15 games played); Daniel Sedin picked up a helper (5-2=7 in last 12 games played); and Ryan Miller stopped 17 of 19 shots for a .895 Sv%., but it was not enough as the Canucks ended the game on the short end of the score, losing 2-1 to Nashville, to begin their 3-game home stand.

The Canucks are now 6-5-1 in their last 12 home games; and in their last four home games, are 2-1-1.

VANCOUVER, BC - JANUARY 26: Ryan Miller #30 of the Vancouver Canucks makes a glove save against the Nashville Predators during their NHL game at Rogers Arena January 26, 2016 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Nashville won 2-1. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

VANCOUVER, BC – JANUARY 26: Ryan Miller #30 of the Vancouver Canucks makes a glove save against the Nashville Predators during their NHL game at Rogers Arena January 26, 2016 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Nashville won 2-1. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Nashville Predators, on a fast start, opened up the game with some great scoring opportunities and eventually popped one of them in, opening up the scoring on their first shot on net, to take a 1-0 lead before most were able to sit down with their beer and popcorn.

Craig Smith, his 11th goal of the season, on a deflected shot, assisted by Mike Fisher (5) and Mattias Ekholm (14) at 0:59.

Once again, the Canucks were caught flatfooted, as another opponent scored the opening goal on home ice, thinking that the All-Star break started a little early and they didn’t have to earn it.

And it was more of the same, the rest of the game.

It took seven minutes but the Canucks would catch up to the Predators in shots with 2 each, eventually overtaking Nashville on a great Bo Horvat rush to the Predators net, where he not only got the shot off but crashed the net.

The Predators were not only dominating the game in scoring opportunities but also ruling the face-off circle as they went into the last half of the period, winning 5 of 7 face-offs, including 3 for 3 in the neutral zone.

Brandon Sutter would work his magic in his first game back, as he was instrumental in the Canucks first goal of the game, on their 6th shot of the opening period. Sutter fed Daniel Sedin as pass, who then returned the puck to him, and Sutter buried the puck behind Pekka Rinne to tie the game at 1-1.

Sutter, his first goal in 33 games, his 5th of the season, on a deflected shot, assisted by Daniel Sedin (23) and Chris Tanev (10), at 11:39.

The Predators would get the first power play of the game when Emerson Etem would get a minor penalty for tripping Miikka Salomaki at 12:09.

Sutter would have a chance shorthanded to give Vancouver the lead as he went in on Rinne all alone but was unable to score.

With 4:08 left, the Canucks were out shooting Nashville 10-6, and the Predators continued to dominate the faceoff circle, as they had won 9 of 12 face-offs up to that point.

At 15:54 Derek Dorsett and Cody Bass would drop the gloves and fight, both receiving five minute fighting majors.

Canucks, Predators 1-1 after the opening period.

After one period:

  • Canucks out shot Nashville, 12-6.
  • Nashville ruled face-offs, winning 12 of 16. A total embarrassment for Vancouver.
  • Vancouver had 6 hits to 5 for the Predators; Canucks penalty kill was 1 for 1.
  • Brandon Sutter and Alex Biega led Canucks in shots with 3 each.
  • Linden Vey was 2 for 5; Bo Horvat, 1 for 4 in Canuck face-offs.
  • Alex Biega and Adam Cracknell led Canucks in hits with 2 each.
  • Canuck players Corsi For:
    • In all situations:
      • Daniel Sedin, Matt Bartkowski, and Jannick Hansen, 8 each
      • Alex Biega and Brandon Sutter 7 each
    • Even strength 5v5:
      • Sedin and Bartkowski, 8
      • Biega and Hansen, 7
      • Sutter and Tanev, 6
  • Teams Corsi For:
    • Canucks 15, Nashville 7: at even strength 5 v5
    • Canucks 16 Nashville 8: in all situations.

Both teams came out skating for the middle frame, with the Canucks showing more desire to get the go ahead goal.

Nashville would get their second power play of the game when Matt Bartkowski would go off for tripping Filip Forsberg at 7:20.

Nashville had no shots on their power play and were being out shot 4 to 1, after the Canucks penalty kill, which was 2 for 2 in the game.

Canucks were settling down in the face-off circle, as they were 5 for11, at the 13-minute mark of the period.

Vancouver would get their first power play of the game, on a sloppy line change by Nashville, for too many men on the ice, a bench minor, at 14:28.

The Canucks once again failed to score on the power play, now 1 for 10 in their last 7 games.

Canucks were out shooting Nashville, 11 to 4 with 3:23 left in the middle period; 23 to 10 in the game.

Predators, Canucks still 1-1 after two periods.

After two periods:

  • Canucks out shooting Nashville, 24-11.
  • Nashville ruled face-offs, winning 20 of 33. A total embarrassment for Vancouver.
  • Vancouver had 10 hits to 13 for the Predators; Canucks penalty kill was 2 for 2.
  • Canucks power play 0 for 1.
  • Brandon Sutter,Alex Biega, Daniel Sedin and Sven Baertschi led Canucks in shots with 3 each.
  • Linden Vey was 5 for 10; Bo Horvat, 6 for 11 in Canuck face-offs.
  • Alex Biega, Adam Cracknell and Luca Sbisa led Canucks in hits with 2 each.
  • Teams Corsi For:
    • Canucks 27, Nashville 18 at even strength 5 v5
    • Canucks 32 Nashville 20 in all situations
  • Canuck players Corsi For:
    • In all situations:
      • Tanev, 14; Sedin and Edler, 12; Vey, Bartkowski, Baertschi, 11 each
    • Evev strength 5v5:
      • Tanev, 12 Bartkowski, 11; Edler, Biega, Sedin, 10 each

The Predators and Canucks would be out hard for the final period, but it would be Nashville that would get the first man advantage opportunity early in the period.

Ben Hutton would get a minor for hooking Mike Ribiero at 1:26. Canucks would survive being shorthanded, making it 3 for 3 on the penalty kill for the game.

The Predators would continue to press Vancouver, taking an early lead in shots in the period 5-0.

With Arizona having lost, a Canucks victory would lock the two teams in a tie in the division standings but the Canucks were not the dominating team in the period.

With 12:20 left in the game, Canucks had not registered a shot on net and were being out shot 6-0 by Nashville; but the Canucks were 2 for 3 in face-offs

The Canucks just were not being allowed to generate any offense in the Nashville end, except for the occasional rush which was not amounting to much.

Predators were doing a good job of getting in the way of Vancouver and either deflecting or blocking opportunities for shots on net or passes.

With less than eight minutes left in the game, the Canucks were generating good scoring chances but were just unable to get some puck luck to get shots on net and get the go ahead goal.

While the Canucks were trying to complete a change, Nashville took advantage of the Canucks, and went up 2-1, with time not a friend to the Canucks.

James Neal, at 15:16, his 18th of the season, on a wrist shot, from Barrett Jackman (2).

With 1:49 left and only 4 shots on net, the Canucks would get a power play when Mattias Ekholm would get penalized for holding against Bo Horvat in the neutral zone at 18:11.

Soon after the resulting face-off, the Canucks would pull Miller for the extra attacker in an attempt to get the tie breaking goal.

With the seconds ticking away, Linden Vey had a great opportunity to put the game into overtime, but would miss scoring, and Nashville would take the game, 2-1.

With the loss, Vancouver falls 5th place in the Pacific division, tied with Anaheim for 4rth, with 51 points. The Canucks are 2 points behind Arizona who are in 3rd; 5 points behind San Jose; and 12 points behind division leading Los Angeles, who have 63 points.

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GAME REVIEW

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CANUCKS PLAYERS STATS

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WESTERN CONFERENCE WILD CARD STANDINGS

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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE STANDINGS

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STATISTICS COURTESY OF THE NHL AND VANCOUVER CANUCKS

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