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Thursday, March 9th (All times eastern)

Nashville Predators (36-19-7) at Vancouver Canucks (35-23-5), 10 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Nashville Predators will shoot for their third win in four games tonight, as they travel to British Columbia to battle the Vancouver Canucks at GM Place.

The Predators were handed a setback by Chicago in their first game back from the Olympics on March 1, but have taken two of three since then. They are coming off a 3-2 victory in Calgary on Tuesday night. David Legwand scored two goals to lead Nashville to the win at the Saddledome.

Greg Johnson added a shorthanded tally for the Predators. Tomas Vokoun made 30 saves and Steve Sullivan and Jerred Smithson each notched two assists.

The Predators, who are 13-13-6 as the visiting team this season, are playing the third test of a four-game road trip tonight.

The Canucks, meanwhile, are hoping to rebound from a loss to the lowly St. Louis Blues. On Sunday, Lee Stempniak scored once and added an assist, while Jay McClement had three assists in the Blues' 4-1 win.

The Blues swept all four games from the Canucks, outscoring Vancouver 16-4. It marked St. Louis' first season sweep of the Canucks since the 1998-99 season. St. Louis, which is in last place in the Central Division with 46 points, swept a team that's in second place in the Northwest Division with 75 points.

Anson Carter had the lone goal for Vancouver, which has dropped two of three games. Alex Auld allowed four goals on 35 shots for the Canucks.

Tonight's tilt is the middle test of a three-game homestand for the Canucks, who are 20-6-3 as the hosts this season.

The Preds and Canucks have split a pair of meetings this season, but Vancouver is 5-1-1 (1 loss, 1 tie) in the last seven matchups.

03/09 10:14:23 ET


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