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Sunday, March 7th (All times eastern)

Vancouver Canucks (39-23-2) at Nashville Predators (35-24-5), 3 p.m.

(Sports Network) - While the Vancouver Canucks continue on a record sequence of road games, the Nashville Predators have been enjoying their time at home as of late.

The playoff-hopeful Predators shoot for a third straight win at Bridgestone Arena in this afternoon's clash with the nomadic Canucks, who'll be playing for the 12th consecutive time away from home.

Nashville opened up their post-Olympic break schedule with back-to-back home victories over Edmonton and Los Angeles, which improved the club to 18-11-2 in the Music City this season. The Preds couldn't sustain the momentum, however, in Friday's visit to Detroit, where the resurgent Red Wings skated away with a 5-2 triumph over their Central Division rivals.

Detroit roared out to a 2-0 lead after one period and extended the margin to four goals on Darren Helm's short-handed tally midway through the second. J.P. Dumont and Joel Ward scored later on for Nashville to avert a shutout.

"They had a little more jump then us tonight," Predators head coach Barry Trotz remarked. "We turned the puck over in crucial areas."

Nashville, which currently occupies the No. 7 spot in the Western Conference standings with 75 points, will attempt to rebound in its final test at Bridgestone Arena before embarking on a key four-game road trip that begins Tuesday in Atlanta.

The Canucks, meanwhile, haven't competed as a team in their home venue since January 27 due to the city of Vancouver's hosting of the recently-completed Winter Olympics. After playing eight straight on the road prior to the Games, the Northwest Division co-leaders started a six-game trek with victories over Columbus and Detroit before falling to the formidable Chicago Blackhawks Friday in the Windy City.

Chicago erupted for five first-period goals against Canucks netminder Roberto Luongo en route to a 6-3 decision, which dropped Vancouver to 6-5-0 thus far on its epic stretch. Luongo, the starting goaltender for Team Canada in last Sunday's memorable 3-2 overtime victory over the United States in the Gold Medal Game of the Olympics, was removed after the opening frame after saving just 9-of-14 shots.

"It's highly disappointing," he said afterward. "[The Blackhawks] carried the play in the first period. They came out strong and that was pretty much the game. I felt good, that's the sad part."

Ryan Kesler, a member of the silver medal-winning U.S. squad, had a goal for Vancouver and has now notched a point in eight consecutive contests. The talented forward has five goals and four assists over his streak. Teammate Daniel Sedin has registered an assist in five straight games and has compiled seven helpers during that span.

The Canucks have prevailed in four of their last five visits to Nashville, with the lone loss taking place on December 8 of this season. The Predators also topped Vancouver in British Columbia back on January 11 and have won three of the past four overall meetings in this series.

03/07 10:29:53 ET


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