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Sunday, January 25th (All times eastern)

Nashville Predators (24-17-6-2) at Vancouver Canucks (26-14-7-2), 10 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Vancouver Canucks will attempt to continue their dominance of the Nashville Predators tonight, when they continue their five- game homestand at GM Place.

Vancouver has won three straight and seven of the last eight meetings in this series. The Canucks are 11-2-1 in the last 14 and 14-4-1 in the last 19 contests between the clubs. In fact, Vancouver has won six straight home tilts in the series.

The Canucks put an end to a three-game skid on Wednesday, as they downed the Tampa Bay Lighting, 5-4, in overtime. Vancouver resides in second place in the Northwest Division -- five points back of Colorado.

Markus Naslund scored his second goal of the game with 21 seconds left in overtime to lift the Canucks to the win. Naslund also assisted on both of Todd Bertuzzi's goals, as the Canucks snapped a seven-game home winless streak (0-5-2) and won at GM Place for the first time since December 14 versus Carolina.

Naslund, who has 27 goals and 30 assists, is second in the league with 57 points.

Trevor Linden also scored for Vancouver and Dan Cloutier made 31 saves in the victory. The Canucks had lost three straight overall. Linden scored for the second straight game after snapping a 17-game drought in Monday's loss to Dallas.

The Canucks still haven't picked up a regulation win at home since November 8 against Minnesota.

Nashville is coming off a 4-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers Saturday night, giving it wins in four of its last five games. The Predators reside in third place in the Central Division -- eight points behind first place Detroit.

Andreas Johansson scored two goals and assisted on another as the Predators downed the Oilers. David Legwand and Denis Arkhipov also scored for the Predators, who are 6-1-2 in their last nine games. Legwand also had two assists and Tomas Vokoun made 22 saves in the win.

Johansson and Legwand each had their first three-point games of the year. Nashville went 1-of-8 on the power play in the contest.

The Predators, who are 8-12-2-1 on the road, are playing the third of their current four-game road trip in which they are 1-1 so far.

01/25 10:16:08 ET


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