NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, March 16th (All times eastern)
Nashville Predators (33-26-10-3) at Vancouver Canucks (37-22-9-4), 10 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The struggling Nashville Predators will go for their first win in nearly two weeks tonight when they take on the Vancouver Canucks at GM Place.
Nashville has played three consecutive overtime games, including a 3-2 defeat to the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday. Despite their struggles, the Predators have managed a point in three straight games to remain tied with Los Angeles for seventh in the Western Conference playoff race.
Jeremy Stevenson and Denis Arkhipov scored for the Predators, who are winless in their last four (0-1-2-1) and just 1-3-3-1 in their last eight. Tomas Vokoun turned aside 28 of the 31 shots he faced.
Vladimir Orszagh, Martin Erat and Marek Zidlicky added assists in the loss for the Predators. Nashville finished 1-of-5 on the power play in the contest.
Nashville defenseman Mark Eaton didn't play because of back spasms. Eaton is questionable for this contest.
Nashville is 1-3-1-1 in its last six and 3-5-1-1 in its last 10 road tilts. For the season, the Predators are 12-18-3-2 in foreign buildings.
Vancouver is 1-2-1 in its last four games, including a 2-1 loss to Ottawa on Saturday. The Canucks reside fourth in the Western Conference -- six points behind Northwest Division leader Colorado and three ahead of fifth place Dallas.
Pat Kavanagh scored for Vancouver, which has just one victory in its last four games (1-2-1). Johan Hedberg made 18 saves in the loss.
Kavanagh, playing just his second NHL game of the season and fifth of his career, tied the game at 1-1 nearly four minutes into the second stanza. He deflected Sami Salo's shot from the point past Martin Prusek for his second career goal.
Vancouver forwards Henrik Sedin (abdominal strain), Bray May (foot) and Artem Chubarov (groin) missed the game. The trio is questionable for this contest.
The Canucks lost for the first time (1-1-1) since forward Todd Bertuzzi was suspended for the rest of the season and playoffs for attacking Colorado forward Steve Moore last Monday.
The Canucks failed on three power-play opportunities, while Ottawa could not take advantage of five extra skater chances.
Vancouver is winless (0-2-1) in its last three home tilts. For the season, the Canucks are 17-12-6-0 in the friendly confines of GM Place.
Vancouver has won four straight meetings in this series, including all three this season. The Canucks have won eight of the last nine meetings in this series. Most recently, Vancouver recorded a 4-1 win over the Predators at GM Place on January 25. Nashville has dropped seven straight and eight of its last nine at Vancouver.
03/16 10:37:55 ET