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Nashville Predators vs. Canucks Game 26 notes, prediction & tweets!

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The Canucks are back in town, which means the traditional first game home trap is in play tonight. Unfortunately, the Canucks have lost the luxury of not picking up points in this homestand. Instead, this stretch of four games in six nights needs to be harnessed for the Canucks to make some separation on the Northwest Division and the rest of the conference.

In their way tonight is the Nashville Predators, sitting ninth in the conference but only two points behind Vancouver.

This is the parity year.

Matchup: Vancouver Canucks (12 – 7– 6) v Nashville Predators (11– 9–6)
Venue: Rogers Arena
Time: 7:00 pm PT
TV/Radio: TSN, Team 1040

Game Notes

The Nashville Predators come into the game as the league’s lowest scoring team. Combined with the Canucks struggles to find the net, you should probably take the under on the game. Pekka Rinne and the boys shutout Dallas Tuesday to snap a six game road losing streak where they scored more than one goal just once.

Especially given recent contests, it seems Nashville is fast on the way to becoming the biggest guarantee for a boring game.

What to watch: Nashville

Thankfully for Nashville, Shea Weber is back on track as one of the league’s top defencemen. The rugged blueliner has 14 points on the year now and sits second in team scoring. He’s perhaps the most important player to a team since Chris Pronger in Edmonton.

Paul Gaustad left Tuesday’s game with an upper body injury and the Predators have called up Chris Mueller to replace him.

If this game comes to a shootout, considering these two teams have gone to shootouts the most out of any team, rest assured that Rinne is just two for seven in the skills comp this year.

Mike Gillis

Hey Mike I have questions. Where did the centre depth go? What’s up with Alex Edler? Is this team good enough?

Line-up

  • Sergei Kostitsyn-Mike Fisher-Martin Erat
  • Nick Spaling-Craig Smith-Matt Halischuk
  • Gabriel Bourque-David Legwand-Bobby Butler
  • Richard Clune-Paul Gaustad-Brandon Yip
  • Roman Josi-Shea Weber
  • Victor Bartley-Kevin Klein
  • Scott Hannan-Ryan Ellis
  • Pekka Rinne

What to watch: Vancouver

So here we are.

Halfway through the year, the Canucks have raised a lot of questions that need an answer.

  • Where did the centre depth go?
  • What’s up with Alex Edler?
  • Is this team good enough?

As we approach the trade deadline, it seems clear that if the Canucks aren’t fully healthy by the playoffs they probably won’t go far.

In the meantime, parity means that a spot in the final eight is far from a guarantee at this point.

Thankfully, Kevin Bieksa will be back tonight. Remember that the Canucks one good game in this stretch was that Saturday night against the Kings where Bieksa played.

Meanwhile, Steve Pinizzotto has been recalled from Chicago and may finally make his Canuck debut.

Line-up

Injuries

The Preds will miss Paul Gaustad, Colin Wilson and Patric Hornqvist while the Canucks are essentially healthy with Kevin Bieksa if you try not to think about Ryan Kesler.

Prediction

It’ll be a sludgefest, but the Bieksa bump should be enough to put the Canucks over the Predators.

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