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Thursday, December 6th (All times eastern)

Vancouver Canucks (15-10-2) at Nashville Predators (13-10-2), 8 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Vancouver Canucks will try to keep heading in the right direction when they visit the Nashville Predators this evening at the Sommet Center.

The Canucks have won four of their last five games and are now tied with Minnesota for first place in the Northwest Division.

Vancouver's latest victory came in Chicago on Wednesday night, when they edged the Blackhawks. Brendan Morrison had a goal and an assist, as the Canucks posted the 3-2 decision at the United Center.

Mattias Ohlund and Byron Ritchie also scored for the Canucks. Taylor Pyatt registered two assists and Roberto Luongo turned aside 25 shots.

Luongo has started the last six games for Vancouver and could be ready for a rest. The Canucks backup goaltender Curtis Sanford has started just two games this season.

Vancouver, which is 8-4-1 as the visiting team this year, is completing a three-game road trip tonight. The Canucks will return home for Saturday's test with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Predators recently ended a three-game road trip with a 2-1-0 mark, but finished that swing on a down note with Tuesday's setback in Toronto. Vesa Toskala stopped 34-of-35 shots to help the Maple Leafs skate to the 3-1 win over the Preds.

Shea Weber scored the lone goal for Nashville, while Chris Mason only faced 15 shots, and made 12 saves on a frustrating night for the Predators. Jason Arnott ripped off 12 shots, none of which went in.

The Predators are now back at home for a four-game homestand, which begins tonight and will also feature tests against Anaheim, Detroit and Colorado. Nashville has a solid 7-3-1 mark and has won five of its last seven in the Music City.

Nashville beat the Canucks on November 1 at GM Place in the first of four meetings between the teams this year. The Preds have taken three of four and six of the last eight encounters with Vancouver.

12/06 10:45:40 ET

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