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Canucks Report: Back to Lack

by Derek Jory / Vancouver Canucks
Less than 24 hours after giving St. Louis the blues, the Vancouver Canucks are back at it in Nashville against the Predators Tuesday night.

The Canucks held an optional skate this morning ahead of playing the second of a four-game road trip in the backend of their final back-to-back games of the season; only Brandon McMillan, Ryan Stanton and Jacob Markstrom took to the ice. Every player was at the rink, but there’s nothing to report aside from an intense game of warm-up soccer.

Coach Desjardins did not speak, he will address the media at 4:45 p.m.

BACK TO LACK

Coming off a 23-save performance against the Blues, Eddie Lack returns to the net tonight against a playoff bound Predators team currently in top spot in the Central Division.

Lack is 1-2-0 lifetime against Nashville, he’s also 7-4-2 on the road this season and 1-0-1 on zero days rest.

A win tonight would give Lack 16 this season, tying his mark from last year, but in six fewer starts.

BEATING RINNE

In two games against the Predators this season, the Canucks have scored only two goals.

They have Pekka Rinne to blame for that.

Rinne is 41-15-4 in 60 games with a goals against average of 2.10 and .926 save percentage and the Canucks know if they want the two points up for grabs, they need to score.

“He’s a great goaltender, I think every team has a tough time scoring on him, but what we can do is get pucks to the net, create traffic, get rebounds and that’s the plan,” assessed defenceman Alex Edler.

“Not only him, but the way they play as a team too,” added Henrik Sedin. “It’s tough to create chances and when you get chances, it’s usually from the outside. He’s so big and mobile and reads the play really well, you have to do the extra and crash the net and get in front of him so he can’t see the puck. That’s what you need to do every time.”

MASTER HANK

The Vancouver chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association (PHWA) announced Tuesday Henrik Sedin is the Vancouver Canucks nominee for the 2014.15 Bill Masterton Trophy, which is awarded to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.

Henrik was pleasantly surprised when hearing the news this morning in Nashville.

“It’s an honour,” said Henrik. “I personally felt that last year was an off year, we came in this year and I felt good going into the season, I’ve felt good all year and I didn’t see it as I needed to prove anything, it’s more about getting back to playing our game.”

In his 14th NHL season, Henrik is tied for 17th in NHL scoring (17-49-66) and fifth in assists. He recorded 13 points (6-7-13) in eight straight games from February 16 – March 3, being named the NHL’s second star for the week ending February 22.

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