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Canucks-Predators Preview

Tuesday, 03.14.2006 / 7:00 PM

Associated Press

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Canucks-Predators Preview
Vancouver Canucks vs. Nashville Predators

GAME: Vancouver Canucks (35-25-6) at Nashville Predators (37-19-8).

TIME: Tuesday, 8 p.m. EST.

For the Vancouver Canucks to snap a four-game losing streak, they will have to beat the Western Conference's best home team.

Struggling Vancouver continues its three-game road trip at the Gaylord Entertainment Center against the Nashville Predators.

The losing streak has threatened the Canucks' playoff hopes. The Predators, meanwhile, have won seven of their last nine home games to improve to 23-6-1 there.

The Canucks lost to the Dallas Stars 4-2 on Monday night in the back end of a home-and-home series to fall into seventh place in West. Vancouver is just two points ahead of both the Edmonton Oilers and Anaheim Mighty Ducks, each with 74 points.

The Canucks have scored just six goals and are 1-for-20 on power-play opportunities during their four-game losing streak.

"I feel like I'm repeating myself," Vancouver's Markus Naslund said. "I think we were undisciplined, we took too many penalties and I think our power play wasn't as good as we needed it. The effort was there at times, just not at the right times."

After falling behind 2-0 on Monday, Anson Carter scored his fourth in his last five games.

Daniel Sedin had a goal and an assist against the Stars, and has six assists in his last five contests.

His twin brother, Henrik, assisted on both Vancouver goals on Monday, and has three goals and five assists during a five-game point streak.

Nashville has won three of its last five games. Both losses during the stretch have come in overtime, including a 3-2 setback to San Jose on Saturday.

Paul Kariya scored his second goal with 10.9 seconds to play in regulation. Kariya has a 10-game home points streak with four goals and 10 assists in those games.

Defenseman Brendan Witt was ejected in his Nashville debut when San Jose's Scott Parker attempted to scale the glass between benches to fight him. The game featured 116 total penalty minutes.

"It was an interesting debut," Witt said. "It would have been nice to stay with the guys."

Goalie Tomas Vokoun made 39 saves against San Jose, and is 4-0-2 with a 2.13 goals-against average in his last six starts, including two wins over Vancouver.

Steve Sullivan has two goals and four assists in his last three games, with both goals coming Thursday night in Nashville's 3-2 win over Vancouver.

STANDINGS: Canucks - 76 points, 3rd place, 5 PB, Northwest Division. Predators - 82 points, 2nd place, 11 PB, Central Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Canucks - Naslund, 28 goals; Henrik Sedin, 48 assists and 65 points; Jarkko Ruutu, 112 PIM. Predators - Sullivan, 28 goals; Kariya, 41 assists and 63 points; Witt, 158 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS: Canucks - Power play: 17.9 percent (78 for 436), 14th in NHL. Penalty killing: 81.5 percent (342 for 420), 21st. Predators - Power play: 18.3 percent (73 for 398), 9th. Penalty killing: 85.0 percent (351 for 413), 6th.

GOALTENDERS: Canucks - Alex Auld (27-20-4, 0 SO, 2.88 GAA); Mika Noronen (1-2-0, 0, 4.26). Predators - Vokoun (31-14-7, 2, 2.59); Chris Mason (5-4-1, 0, 3.23).

SEASON SERIES: Predators, 2-1.

LAST MEETING: March 9; Predators, 3-2 (OT). At Vancouver, British Columbia, David Legwand scored six seconds into overtime and Vokoun made 23 saves.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Canucks - 15-18-2 on the road; Predators - 23-6-1 at home.

2005-2006 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Mar 14 '06VAN 0 at NSH 5D. Hamhuis
Mar 09 '06NSH 3 at VAN 2 - OTD. Legwand
Mar 02 '06VAN 1 at NSH 3G. Johnson
Dec 28 '05NSH 3 at VAN 4R. Park
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