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GAME: Nashville Predators (36-19-7) at Vancouver Canucks (35-23-5).

TIME: Thursday, 10 p.m. EST.

The Vancouver Canucks look to get back on track at home when they meet a Nashville Predators team they've lost to only twice in 13 all-time meetings at GM Place.

Vancouver suffered its third defeat in its last four games at home on Sunday, losing 4-1 to Western Conference-worst St. Louis. The Canucks fell behind just 2:18 into the game when the Blues scored after a delayed penalty to Markus Naslund, and trailed 3-0 midway through the second period.

"My fault on the first (goal) and then we let another mistake happen and we're down 2-0 and that's exactly what we didn't want to do against these guys because they're a disciplined team, they work hard and they're tough to get chances against," said Naslund, who is two goals away from reaching 30 for the fifth straight season.

Vancouver, which faces Pacific Division-leading Dallas at home on Saturday, has outscored Nashville 52-31 in winning 10 of 13 meetings between the teams at GM Place. The Canucks have eight wins and a tie in the last nine contests played in Vancouver since a 2-1 victory by the Predators on Jan. 23, 2000.

Nashville snapped a franchise-record seven-game road losing streak with a 3-2 victory over Calgary on Tuesday as David Legwand scored twice in just his fourth game back from a knee injury suffered in early December.

"It was a big effort for David," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "It's something that he can hopefully build on. We're going to need David to be a prominent player down the stretch here."

Leading goal scorer Steve Sullivan hasn't found the back of the net in a season-high nine consecutive games for Nashville. He's also gone nine straight contests without a goal against the Canucks.

Vancouver trails Calgary by two points in the Northwest Division, while Nashville sits eight back of West-leading Detroit in the Central. The Predators are in fourth place in the conference, four points ahead of the Canucks.

STANDINGS: Predators - 79 points, 2nd place, 8 PB, Central Division. Canucks - 75 points, 3rd place, 2 PB, Northwest Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Predators - Sullivan, 26 goals; Paul Kariya, 40 assists and 60 points; Darcy Hordichuk, 113 PIM. Canucks - Naslund, 28 goals and 64 points; Henrik Sedin, 45 assists; Jarkko Ruutu, 105 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS: Predators - Power play: 18.2 percent (71 for 390), 14th in NHL. Penalty killing: 85.0 percent (339 for 399), 6th. Canucks - Power play: 18.3 percent (77 for 420), 11th. Penalty killing: 81.6 percent (327 for 401), 19th.

GOALTENDERS: Predators - Tomas Vokoun (30-14-6, 2 SO, 2.60 GAA); Chris Mason (5-4-1, 3.23). Canucks - Alex Auld (27-18-3, 2.87); Maxime Ouellet (0-2-1, 3.24).


LAST MEETING: March 2; Predators, 3-1. At Nashville, Tenn., Vokoun made 41 saves and the Predators scored three unanswered goals after falling behind 1-0 early in the second period.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Predators - 13-13-6 on the road; Canucks - 20-6-3 at home.

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