The Vancouver Canucks (9-3-4), fresh off a slump-busting win less than 24 hours ago in Dallas, will play the penultimate game of their four-game road trip tonight at the Bridgestone Arena facing the Nashville Predators (8-4-5).
- The Canucks snapped a three-game winless streak with their 4-3 win last night in Dallas. The Canucks will now look to string together wins in consecutive games for the first time since their six-game win streak from January 30 to February 12.
- The Predators are looking to sweep their short two-game home stand with a win tonight. They scored a 4-3 overtime victory over the Red Wings on Tuesday to open the home stand.
- The Canucks and Predators split their season series last year with each team winning twice, including once each at the Bridgestone Arena.
- Canucks F Daniel Sedin (3-3-6) and F Henrik Sedin (1-5-6), along with Predators F Mike Fisher (4-2-6) all tied for the season series points lead with six each.
- The Canucks will get F Jannik Hansen back tonight after he finished serving his one-game suspension yesterday. He'll likely get a chance to skate on the second line alongside Ryan Kesler and Chris Higgins.
- Canucks F Daniel Sedin (2-5-7) and F Henrik Sedin (2-5-7) have matching four-game point streaks. D Alex Edler (1-2-3) has a three-game point streak.
- Predators F Colin Wilson has a team-leading five-game point streak (2-5-7). Other hot players for Nashville include D Shea Weber who has a four-game point streak (3-3-6) and F Sergei Kostitsyn who has a three-game streak (1-3-4) on the line.
- With the Canucks playing the back end of two games in two nights, it's a safe bet that G Roberto Luongo will pick up the start tonight. Luongo has a 12-12-3 career record against Nashville, including going 2-2-0 last season against them. G Cory Schneider has just one career start against Nashville but he never got to finish that game. It came last season in a 6-5 Vancouver loss on December 1, 2011 that saw Schneider pulled after giving up three goals on five shots in the first period.
- The Canucks' string of facing back-up netminders could come to an end tonight should the Preds start G Pekka Rinne. Rinne has put up Vezina Trophy worthy numbers this season posting a 1.67 GAA and a .935 save percentage with three shutouts. In 14 starts this season, he has allowed three-or-fewer goals in all but one outing. Back-up G Chris Mason has made just three starts this season and was yanked in his last outing four nights ago after giving up six goals on 18 shots against Colorado.
- Like the Canucks, the Preds have played a lot of bonus hockey this season. Nine of their 17 games have gone beyond regulation. Vancouver has gone beyond 60 minutes of play on seven occasions this season out of their 16 games played. The Canucks are 3-4 in overtime this season while the Predators are 4-5.
- The Canucks have yet to win this season when playing on zero days rest (0-0-2).
- As is usually the case in a game involving the Predators, the Canucks can expect to see a healthy dose of Weber tonight. Nashville's captain is averaging 26:17 of ice-time per game, more than four minutes higher on average per night compared to any other Predator player.
- Canucks D-man have accounted for four of the last seven goals scored by the Canucks. Vancouver has a record of 6-1-2 this season in games where any defensemen scores a goal for them.Tape preview exclusively on Canucks.com.
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