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Rinne looks to win sixth straight start for Nashville; Vancouver hopes to avoid fourth consecutive loss

by Robby Stanley / NHL.com Correspondent

CANUCKS (11-10-4) at PREDATORS (15-6-3)

8 p.m. ET; SNE, SNO, SNP, FS-TN, NHL.TV 

 

The Game

The Nashville Predators will attempt to win for the 11th time in 13 games when they host the Vancouver Canucks at Bridgestone Arena on Thursday. 

The Predators, 5-0-1 in their past six games and 10-1-1 in their past 12, are 9-1-1 at home this season. Goaltender Pekka Rinne will look to win his sixth straight start; he has allowed nine goals through five consecutive victories.

The Canucks look to avoid their fourth consecutive loss. Vancouver, 0-2-1 in its past three games and 3-5-2 in its past 10, announced Thursday that forward Derek Dorsett was forced to retire from the NHL because of health reasons and risks associated with playing.

 

Players to watch

Canucks forward Brock Boeser has eight points (six goals, two assists) in his past eight games. Forward Daniel Sedin is two points away from 1,000 in the NHL.

Predators forward Filip Forsberg has 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in his past nine games. 

 

They said it

"Hopefully it inspires us to maybe find another gear. We weren't very good [in a 5-2 loss at the New York Islanders on Tuesday]. Maybe we can use this as motivation to find a win for him and his family. At the end of the day it's a hockey game that we've definitely got to focus on, but right now we're going to take the time to think about him." -- Canucks defenseman Troy Stecher on forward Derek Dorsett

"When we're attacking at the points where we need to when the puck is at the half-wall or maybe when there's a 50-50 puck, if all four guys are reacting in the same way and are on the same page, I think that's when the penalty kill is at its best." -- Predators forward Austin Watson on Nashville's penalty kill, ranked third in the NHL at 84.3 percent

 

Canucks projected lineup

Sven Baertschi -- Bo Horvat -- Brock Boeser

Daniel Sedin -- Henrik Sedin -- Jake Virtanen

Nikolay Goldobin -- Alexander Burmistrov -- Sam Gagner

Thomas Vanek -- Markus Granlund -- Loui Eriksson

Alexander Edler -- Derrick Pouliot

Michael Del Zotto -- Christopher Tanev

Ben Hutton -- Troy Stecher

Anders Nilsson

Jacob Markstrom

Scratched: Alex Biega, Brendan Gaunce

Injured: Erik Gudbranson (upper body), Brandon Sutter (undisclosed)

 

Predators projected lineup

Filip Forsberg -- Ryan Johansen -- Viktor Arvidsson

Kevin Fiala -- Kyle Turris -- Craig Smith

Colton Sissons -- Nick Bonino -- Calle Jarnkrok

Miikka Salomaki -- Frederick Gaudreau -- Austin Watson

Roman Josi -- Mattias Ekholm

Alexei Emelin -- P.K. Subban

Matt Irwin -- Anthony Bitetto

Pekka Rinne

Anders Lindback

Scratched: Cody McLeod, Pontus Aberg

Injured: Ryan Ellis (knee), Scott Hartnell (lower body), Yannick Weber (lower body)

 

Status report

The Canucks held an optional morning skate. … Ellis took part in the morning skate for the first time since his injury.

 

Stat pack

Vanek has eight points (one goal, seven assists) in his past eight games, with points in seven of them. … Johansen has nine points (three goals, six assists) in his past seven games.

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