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Twenty-four hours after a 3-2 win in Edmonton, the Vancouver Canucks (8-3) return to action when the host the Nashville Predator
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Twenty-four hours after a 3-2 win in Edmonton, the Vancouver Canucks (8-3) return to action when the host the Nashville Predators (6-2-2) at Rogers Arena. Gilbert Perreault Jersey . The Canucks have won four straight and five of their last six games. Last night, Derek Dorsett’s third period short-handed effort – his first goal in a Canucks uniform -- was the difference. Ryan Miller made 25 saves for his league-leading eighth win of the season. Miller is likely to sit and watch Eddie Lack get the start tonight. The Canucks are 0-2 in the back-half of back-to-back games this season. Those are Lack’s only starts this season (against the Lightning and in Colorado versus the Avalanche). In his only career start versus the Predators, he was a 2-0 winner on home ice on March 19. The Canucks killed off all three Oiler power plays last night and have now gone 11/11 on the penalty kill in the past four games. Overall, the Canucks PK is fifth in the league at 88.1 per cent. The power play went scoreless in three opportunities last night, but has produced at least one goal in all five home games this season and has scored seven times in 23 chances (30.4 per cent) at Rogers Arena. Bo Horvat has been recalled from the Canucks AHL-affiliate Utica Comets after a two-week conditioning stint. The 19-year-old had no points and nine shots on goal in his five games with the Comets. Horvat, Alex Burrows and Ryan Stanton all skated for an hour this morning, making it unlikely he will make his NHL debut tonight. After a torrid start with goals in four of his first five games with the Canucks, Radim Vrbata has gone cold with just one goal in his past six games – an empty-netter against Washington. With a third period chance last night, Daniel Sedin made Canucks history, passing Markus Naslund for top spot on the franchise all-time list for shots on goal. Daniel now has 2614 shots in the NHL. Tonight’s game features two of the highest-scoring rookies in the NHL a month into the new season. Canucks forward Linden Vey scored his fourth goal last night and has six points while Nashville’s Filip Forsberg has a goal and seven assists and trails only the Los Angeles Kings Tanner Pearson, who has nine points. The Preds have cooled a little after a 5-0-2 start to the season. They have won one of their last three games and are back in action tonight after a 4-3 loss in Calgary on Friday. James Neal, who scored twice against the Flames, has seven goals to start the season. Filip Forsberg and Mike Ribeiro lead the team with eight points apiece. Shea Weber is second in the NHL in average time on ice (27:47), while Roman Josi is fourth (27:23). Defenceman Anton Volchenkov was handed a four-game suspension this morning, which means Maple Ridge’s Victor Bartley will likely make his season debut on defence. Matt Cullen is celebrating his 38th-birthday today. Pekka Rinne will turn 32 tomorrow. Rinne has started five-straight games and nine of the Preds 10 contests this season. In 15 career games against the Canucks, Rinne is 5-7-1 with a 2.87 GAA and .908 save percentage. Dale Hawerchuk Sabres Jersey . Louis Cardinals continued their offensive tear with a 9-5 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the opener of a four-game series. Rick Martin Jersey .9 million deal Thursday. The 25-year McGinn had 19 goals and 19 assists in 79 games last season in helping the Avalanche tie a franchise record with 52 wins. http://www.officialsabreshockeyauthentic.com/thomas-vanek-jersey/ .That is precisely what they got Sunday.The Ravens trailed at halftime and never built a comfortable lead against lowly Jacksonville, yet did just enough to squeeze out a 20-12 win to stay in the thick of the AFC playoff race."We, The People, In Order To Form A More Perfect Union..." Disregard the fact that the phrase is from an American political document or that there can be nothing "more perfect". Instead, review how the Toronto Raptors began their perfectly imperfect quest and whats next for the squad. October 31, 2013: Start of the 2013-14 NBA season. Fresh off a solid training camp with a full complement of players and outwardly optimistic, questions about the future of the franchise under president and general manager Masai Ujiri remained. With a highly publicized and strongly projected 2014 Draft Class, uncertainty about roster stability, quality and identity of the team and what appeared to be a lame duck head coach in Dwane Casey, RaptorNation and TankNation seemed to be in accord. Not having sniffed playoff pay dirt since a 2008 first round ouster at the hands of the then-Dwight Howard-led Orlando Magic, an uneasy relationship with multiple monikers on what lay ahead for Canadas Team abounded: Mishandle For Randle, Concede For Embiid, Be Sorry For Jabari, Stop Caring For Aaron and of course Riggin For Wiggins. A shrewd and savvy front office executive, Ujiri has proven to be in just a few short months north of the border, jettisoning the personages and albatross-like contracts of Andrea Bargnani and Rudy Gay for more than just flotsam and salary cap relief. The deft moves brought in team players and quality, unselfish veterans in Steve Novak, Greveis Vasquez, Patrick Patterson, John Salmons and the gritty, gutty Chuck Hayes, all fully aware of their roles and willing to lend to an ever-developing chemistry under head coach Dwane Casey. Now leading the Atlantic Division at 24-21 and in third place in the Eastern Conference standings, the Raps begin a week-long West Coast swing on Friday and a short homestand before the All-Star break. The energy around this team, despite recent injuries to Amir Johnson and the newly-minted All-Star DeMar DeRozan, has been at a fever pitch. Despite bucking for home court advantage in the playoffs, there is an overwhelming consensus that Ujiri will move Kyle Lowry by the NBAs trade deadline instead of losing the unrestricted free agent in the offseason. But dont be so sure. Any day between now and February 20 may well be The Tomorrow You Should Have Feared Yesterday as the Toronto Raptors and Masai Ujiri in particular, face a dilemma of potentially franchise-changing dimension. At the crossroad to this predicament, the twisted fates of Lowry and Casey stand. The Question is: Are they all headed in the same direction? "Where our teaam is, I dont know if, as a team, were where we can get two guys (on the All-Star team). Cody Franson Jersey. Thats the truth, but were getting there," Ujiri said. "Well see how we continue to grow as a team." Is Masai Ujiri willing to roll the dice on Lowry, not move him and hope that he can make a cap friendly and competitively respectful offer in July for his starting point guard to stay in Toronto? All-Star snub aside, Lowry is averaging career highs in points and assists at 16.8 and 7.6 respectively. Arguably one of the Top 10 point guards in The Association, his real growth may be in areas that dont show in the box score, however. "Im going to keep grinding no matter what, All-Star or not," said Lowry. "Im always going to work hard and continue to be the best player I can be to help my team win. So for me, hey I didnt make it, it didnt happen, youve got a game, youve got to worry about the rest of the season and you go on." Does Ujiri have confidence that Casey is the right man for the job to lead the Raptors to heights unseen by the franchise? "My wish, my hope and my desire is to not let this be a one year flash in the pan," said Casey. "We want to develop something and thats why I keep talking about the process." With the Raptors at well beyond tanking level, the delicate ballet of managing expectation, fruitful return on any trade and current chemistry on this team falls in the apt hands of Masai Ujiri. As the exhaustive hype over the strength of the 2014 Draft Class continues to dissipate, Raptor fans might wish to envision the success of Ujiris "No Superstar" team in Denver of 2013. Or look to the steady build of a solidly great team in Oklahoma City by their GM, Sam Presti, who has effectively retained his very best players while building through the Draft, key veteran acquisitions and stability on the bench. Then again, RaptorNation might rest well on the notion of Ujiri standing pat with Casey, Lowry and the rest of the team for this season by thinking about the 2004 Detroit Pistons. It was that unit, led by a highly motivated and well-travelled point guard in former Raptor Chauncey "Mr. Big Shot" Billups, a tough, veteran guard, an athletic young wing, two workhorses down low doing the dirty work, a solid bench and a very good coach, who defeated the seemingly invincible Los Angeles Lakers, fronted by Phil Jackson, Shaquille ONeal and Kobe Bryant, 4-1 in the NBA Finals. Reaching? Perhaps... But dreams have to start somewhere... What "more perfect" place than Toronto with these perfectly imperfected Raptors? Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '