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Vancouver going for fourth straight win; Turris returning to Nashville lineup

by Robby Stanley / Correspondent

CANUCKS (14-16-3) at PREDATORS (20-10-1)

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


The Game

Kyle Turris will return to the Nashville Predators lineup against the Vancouver Canucks at Bridgestone Arena on Thursday.

The 29-year-old forward centered a line with Calle Jarnkrok and Craig Smith during the morning skate. Turris missed eight games with an undisclosed injury, and the Predators went 4-4-0 in his absence.

The Canucks have won three consecutive games and have outscored their opponents 14-6 during that span. The streak started with a 5-3 win against the Predators at Rogers Arena.


Players to watch

Canucks forward Elias Pettersson has 10 points (three goals, seven assists) during a four-game point streak.

Predators forward Craig Smith has five points (three goals, two assists) in his past five games.


They said it

"Let's hope so because they're a team with a lot of character. They're a team that most guys went to the Stanley Cup Final, conference final and everything so you know they're a good team with a lot of character and they're going to come strong tonight. They're well-coached, they're experienced, so I'm expecting a very tough game." -- Canucks forward Antoine Roussel on if Vancouver can build on their win against the Predators on Dec. 6

"We have a team full of character individuals. Everybody steps up when we need them to. With [forwards Viktor Arvidsson and Filip Forsberg and defenseman P.K. Subban] all being out, we had a lot of guys step up. It just speaks to the depth of our team." -- Predators forward Kyle Turris


Canucks projected lineup

Nikolay Goldobin -- Bo Horvat -- Jake Virtanen

Josh Leivo -- Elias Pettersson -- Brock Boeser

Antoine Roussel -- Markus Granlund -- Loui Eriksson

Tim Schaller -- Jay Beagle -- Tyler Motte

Alexander Edler -- Christopher Tanev

Ben Hutton -- Erik Gudbranson

Derrick Pouliot -- Troy Stecher

Anders Nilsson

Jacob Markstrom

Scratched: Michael Del Zotto, Alex Biega

Injured: Adam Gaudette (illness), Brandon Sutter (shoulder), Sven Baertschi (concussion)


Predators projected lineup

Ryan Hartman -- Ryan Johansen -- Kevin Fiala

Calle Jarnkrok -- Kyle Turris -- Craig Smith

Colton Sissons -- Nick Bonino -- Austin Watson

Miikka Salomaki -- Frederick Gaudreau -- Rocco Grimaldi

Roman Josi -- Ryan Ellis

Dan Hamhuis -- Mattias Ekholm

Matt Irwin -- Yannick Weber

Pekka Rinne

Juuse Saros

Scratched: Anthony Bitetto, Zac Rinaldo

Injured: Filip Forsberg (upper body), P.K. Subban (upper body), Viktor Arvidsson (broken thumb)


Status report

Baertschi participated in the morning skate wearing a non-contact jersey. … The Predators reassigned forward Eeli Tolvanen to the Milwaukee of the American Hockey League on Thursday.


Stat pack

Boeser has three goals in his past two games. … Josi has four assists in a four-game point streak.

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