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Vancouver aims to end four-game winless streak; Rinne sets sights on 350th win for Nashville

by Kevin Woodley / Independent Correspondent

PREDATORS (9-5-3) at CANUCKS (9-6-3)

10 p.m. ET; SNP, FS-TN, NHL.TV


The Game 

The Vancouver Canucks will try to end a four-game winless streak when they host the Nashville Predators at Rogers Arena on Tuesday.

Jay Beagle will be a game-time decision for the Canucks, who are 0-3-1 in their past four games and 1-3-2 in their past six after going 8-1-1 in their previous 10 games.

The center, who is key to Vancouver's penalty kill, ranked 10th in the NHL (84.4 percent) missed practice with an undisclosed injury on Monday but skated Tuesday and was listed as questionable by coach Travis Green.

Goalie Thatcher Demko will start; he made 31 saves in his last start, a 4-1 loss at the Winnipeg Jets on Friday.

Goalie Pekka Rinne will go for his 350th NHL win for the Predators, who are 1-2-2 in their past five games following a four-game winning streak.

Players to watch

Predators defenseman Roman Josi has 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in his past 10 games and nine assists in his last nine games against Vancouver.

Canucks forward J.T. Miller has five points (two goals, three assists) in a five-game point streak and 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in his past 10 games.


They said it

"We know the type of team we can be. If we win tonight we're 2-1-1 on a long 10-day, four-game road trip, and that's successful. It's a game that is probably going to define our trip." -- Predators center Matt Duchene

"It's a matter of one going in off somebody's rear end or shin pad or something. I don't know if it's us getting more pucks and bodies to the net … maybe getting in the goalie's eyes more and creating havoc out front." -- Canucks center Bo Horvat on Vancouver's power play, which is 3-for-22 (13.6 percent) in the past six games


Predators projected lineup

Filip Forsberg -- Ryan Johansen -- Mikael Granlund

Calle Jarnkrok -- Matt Duchene -- Viktor Arvidsson

Rocco Grimaldi -- Nick Bonino -- Craig Smith

Austin Watson -- Kyle Turris -- Colton Sissons

Roman Josi -- Ryan Ellis

Mattias Ekholm -- Dante Fabbro

Dan Hamhuis -- Yannick Weber

Pekka Rinne

Juuse Saros

Scratched: Miikka Salomaki, Matt Irwin

Injured: None


Canucks projected lineup

Josh Leivo -- Elias Pettersson -- Brock Boeser

Sven Baertschi -- Bo Horvat -- J.T. Miller

Tanner Pearson -- Brandon Sutter -- Jake Virtanen

Tim Schaller -- Jay Beagle -- Adam Gaudette

Alexander Edler -- Tyler Myers

Quinn Hughes -- Christopher Tanev

Jordie Benn -- Troy Stecher

Thatcher Demko

Jacob Markstrom

Scratched: Loui Eriksson, Oscar Fantenberg

Injured: Tyler Motte (foot), Antoine Roussel (knee), Micheal Ferland (concussion protocol)


Status report

Granlund is expected to move from the fourth to the first. … If Beagle can't play, Gaudette is expected to move to center and Eriksson will play right wing on the fourth line. … Leivo moves up to the top line in place of Miller, who drops to the second line with Horvat.


Stat pack

Bonino has six points (five goals, one assist) in his past six games. … Forsberg has five points (three goals, two assists) in a four-game point streak. … Pettersson has one assist in his past four games after having 14 points (four goals, 10 assists) in his previous seven games. 

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