Ducks winger Corey Perry, having claimed the Maurice Richard Trophy as the NHL's top goal scorer, might be in line to add more hardware when the 2010-11 season is all said and done. But Perry, a likely Hart Trophy finalist as the league's most valuable player, will be drawing serious attention now as he leads his team into the Western Conference quarterfinal-round playoff series against the Nashville Predators. Perry, along with his usual linemates Ryan Getzlaf and Bobby Ryan, expect to see a lot of the Predators' dynamic top defense pairing of Shea Weber and Ryan Suter in a series that starts with Game 1 on Wednesday night at Honda Center. Weber and Suter team with goalie Pekka Rinne to form the backbone of the Predators, who went 44-27-11 and earned the West's fifth seed. Perry played with Weber for Canada at the 2010 Winter Olympics, defeating Suter and the United States for the gold medal. "I know Shea personally," Perry said Sunday. "We've played together a few times. He's a great player. He's got a hell of a shot. We've got to be careful. He's dangerous. "Ryan Suter, he's a guy that's a shutdown guy. He's got offensive skills. We've got to be careful. They have a potent game. Those two guys on the back end, we're going to see a lot of them." Perry said he has been able to reflect on the milestone of scoring 50 goals, becoming the only player to reach that mark this season. He finished with 98 points to rank third in the NHL behind Vancouver's Daniel Sedin and Tampa Bay's Martin St. Louis.
MVP candidate Perry ready to take on Nashville
Orange County Register | Apr 11