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Vancouver Canucks vs. Nashville Predators Game 42 notes

Extinct Predators

The stretch run to the playoffs begins tonight with a road game against the struggling Nashville Predators, losers of six straight and dropping like flies to injuries.

The Vancouver Canucks meanwhile, are looking to wrap up the division and the third seed with a comfortable enough lead in the Northwest over Minnesota.

Matchup: Vancouver Canucks (23– 12– 6) v Nashville Predators (15– 20–8)
Venue: Bridgestone Arena
Time: 5:00 pm PT
TV/Radio: Sportsnet, Team 1040

Game Notes

Nashville and Vancouver games usually go one of two ways; insane 6-5 goalfests or 1-0 games that you question why you even watch hockey. Considering the Preds have been shutout in three of their last six games, bet on the latter.

This team is in a tailspin and closer to a lottery pick than a playoff spot.

What to watch: Nashville

You won’t recognize many of them, considering Nashville’s troubles can be directly tied to ongoing rash of injuries. You may recognize rookie Filip Forsberg, traded for Martin Erat at the deadline and who made his NHL debut Sunday by virtue of being a warm healthy body.

Poor Pekka Rinne, whose GAA over the last eight games is 1.87 yet his record is 1-5-2.

The Canucks will try to push forward after the gut punch loss to the Avs on Saturday

The Canucks will try to push forward after the gut punch loss to the Avs on Saturday

Line-up

  • Sergei Kostitsyn-Nick Spaling-Matt Halischuck
  • Taylor Beck-David Legwand-Filip Forsberg
  • Richard Clune-Austin Watson-Craig Smith
  • Daniel Bang-Chris Mueller-Bobby Butler
  • Roman Josi-Shea Weber
  • Victor Bartly-Jonathon Blum
  • Hal Gill-Mattias Ekholm
  • Pekka Rinne

What to watch: Vancouver

It’s experimentation time as the Canucks will debut a line tonight of Alex Burrows, Derek Roy and Ryan Kesler on the wing for the first time since the Mats Sundin era.

It does unfortunately mean that Andrew Ebbett is the de facto third-line centre, raising the question that if the Kesler on wing experimental is successful, is a Jordan Schroeder call-up far behind?

The Canucks will try to push forward after the gut punch loss to the Avs on Saturday, and will do so with Roberto Luongo between the pipes, leaving their starter for the much better St Louis Blues tomorrow night.

Line-up

Injuries

For Nashville…ok here we go. Kevin Klein, Colin Wilson, Paul Gaustad, Gabriel Bourque, Patric Hornqvist, Brandon Yip and Mike Fisher.

The Canucks will continue to miss Chris Higgins and Chris Tanev.

Prediction

1-0 Canucks, allowing Rinne the most ideal stat line and preserving my withering lead in my work hockey pool.

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