The Vancouver Canucks will go for three in a row tonight against the Nashville Predators after putting together a pair of wins against both Alberta teams earlier this week.
The Canucks quietly took care of the Oilers on Thursday but can expect a tougher test tonight against a streaking Predators team that has been putting the puck in the back of the net with ease over their last few games.
Del Zotto Debut
Michael Del Zotto will make his debut for the Nashville Predators tonight in Vancouver after being acquired from the New York Rangers yesterday in exchange for fellow defenceman Kevin Klein. After displaying an offensive upside over the past few seasons Del Zotto seemed to have fallen out of favour in New York but should get a good look as a two-way player in Nashville.
The Nashville Predators have put up 15 goals over their last four games and will be looking to keep their scoring ways alive tonight against the Canucks.
While Michael Del Zotto was acquired to help boost their back-end scoring the Predators have already been enjoying some solid production from their blue line.
Roman Josi has two goals and four assists over his last four games while Shea Weber has three goals and two assists over that span.
Canucks Can’t Score
The Canucks on the other hand have been struggling to score lately after being held to two goals or fewer in six straight games heading into tonight’s contest with the Predators. While Roberto Luongo has helped give the team some stability on the back end it has become clear the Canucks have to get their offensive game going once again with out without their captain in the lineup.
Lean on Luongo
Roberto Luongo has been the Canucks’ best player since returning from his ankle injury over the weekend and will be looking for his third-straight win tonight against the Predators.
Luongo has allowed three goals on 62 shots faced through his first two games but can expect a tougher test tonight against a Predators team that is averaging 3.75 goals per game over their last four contests.
Brad Richardson is expected to play in tonight’s game after missing yesterday’s practice resting a leg injury. Richardson was slashed by Jordan Eberle during Tuesday’s win over the Oilers but is expected to be ready for battle tonight against the Predators.
Jordan Schroeder took Richardson’s spot on the third line during practice on Wednesday alongside David Booth and Zack Kassian but has been sent to Utica for a conditioning stint before fully returning to the team.