So far in the first two games between the Nashville Predators and the Vancouver Canucks in their second round match-up we fans have been treated to what has been so far a goaltending clinic.
Both the Predators’ Pekka Rinne and the Canucks’ Roberto Loungo have brought their “A” games. You can’t blame either Rinne for losing Game 1 or Luongo for losing Game 2. But you can most definitely credit each one of them for their teams’ respective wins in this 1-1 series.
In the first two games, Rinne has made 61 saves on 63 shots while Luongo has been good for 64 saves of his own while facing 66 shots. Each goalie has only given up two goals apiece in two games and Luongo has a Game 1 shutout to boot.
It’s been a great series to watch if you’re a fan of close, low scoring games that are decided by the goalies; goalies who are both living up to their Vezina Trophy nominations.
If you’re more into firepower and goals being scored then you probably haven’t been enjoying these games as much; although you should because they’ve both been thrilling contests to watch.
But if scoring is what you want then one thing the Canucks need to do to get the scoring going is for the Sedin twins and Ryan Kesler to get their scoring touches back. In the regular season, those three combined to score 101 goals and 271 points.
So far in these playoffs the three of them have scored a total of 17 points and neither Henrik nor Kesler has put the puck in the net yet in the nine games the Canucks have played.
The two Canucks goals this series scored on Rinne came from Alex Burrows and Chris Higgins. Kesler added an assist to the Burrows goal and has been the only one of the big three to get a point this series so far.
It has to be of some concern to head coach Alain Vigneault and Canucks fans that those three haven’t been finding their way onto the score sheet that much. If they don’t start scoring more then it’s going to continue to be on Luongo to lead the Canucks to victory and who knows how long he can keep his current pace up this series.
The bottom line is that Daniel, Henrik and Kesler have to step their games up and start scoring or the Predators might find more ways to steal three more games and the series. Especially with Rinne being able to match or outperform Luongo on any given night.