GAME: Nashville Predators (24-17-6-2) at Vancouver Canucks (26-14-7-2).
TIME: Sunday, 10 p.m. EST.
The Vancouver Canucks put two dubious streaks to rest in dramatic fashion in
their last game.
They'll be hoping that the win provided the spark they've been looking for
as they face the Nashville Predators at General Motors Place.
Markus Naslund and Todd Burtuzzi each had two goals Wednesday to help the
Canucks come back from a two-goal deficit and beat Tampa Bay 5-4 in overtime.
The victory snapped Vancouver's seven-game home winless streak, and its
first three-game losing streak since March 2002.
"We battled tonight, and we all felt we were going to come back even when
we were down 3-1," said Naslund, who scored the game-winner and also had two
assists. "I saw a change in our team and hopefully this is a nice turnaround
The Canucks had not won at home since a 2-1 overtime win over Carolina on
Dec. 14, going 0-5-2 since. Vancouver, which has won an NHL-best 14 road games,
still has not won at home in regulation since Nov. 8.
"We could easily have played into their hands and just folded up, but we
stuck with it," said Bertuzzi, who snapped a 10-game drought without a goal.
"The guys knew in the room it was a must that we come back and try to get the
Trevor Linden also scored and Dan Cloutier made 31 saves for the Canucks,
who will get winger Jason King and defenseman Wade Brookbank back from Manitoba
of the American Hockey League for this game.
King was hit by a puck Monday against Dallas and was sent to Manitoba on
Friday, while Brookbank was sent on Thursday for a conditioning assignment.
Forward Tyler Bouck was also assigned to Manitoba on Friday.
The Predators are coming off Saturday's 4-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers --
their fourth win in five games (4-1-0).
Andreas Johansson had two goals and an assist, and David Legwand added a
goal and an assist for Nashville, while Tomas Vokoun earned his NHL-best 22nd