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Nashville tries to end five-game winless streak; Vancouver 1-5-2 in past eight

by Robby Stanley / Independent Correspondent

CANUCKS (10-8-4) at PREDATORS (9-8-3)

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


The Game

The Nashville Predators will try to end a five-game winless streak when they play the Vancouver Canucks at Bridgestone Arena on Thursday.

The Predators are on an 0-4-1 skid and 1-5-2 in their past eight games following a four-game winning streak. Forward Kyle Turris is expected to be a healthy scratch for the second consecutive game. He has nine points (four goals, five assists) in 19 games.

Vancouver is 0-2-1 in its past three games and 1-5-2 in its past eight. Forward Bo Horvat will play in his 400th NHL game.

The Canucks defeated the Predators 5-3 at Rogers Arena on Nov. 12.


Players to watch

Canucks center Elias Pettersson has 19 points (four goals, 15 assists) in his past 15 games.

Predators goalie Pekka Rinne needs one win for 350 in the NHL.


They said it

"The biggest thing is just playing as a five-man unit. It seems like the past couple games we've been so disconnected. The focus might be on the [defensemen] not getting the puck in the forwards' hands, but then the [defensemen] are kind of complaining that the forwards are too up ice and you have to make these stretch passes. Just kind of working as a five-man unit and I think we'll be better off that way." -- Canucks defenseman Troy Stecher

"No. Nothing. Obviously, it's very frustrating, but at the same time I'm just going to work hard. I mean I want to be here. I want to win. I'm going to try and take advantage of every opportunity I get to contribute and do that." -- Predators forward Kyle Turris on if he's been given a reason why he's a healthy scratch


Canucks projected lineup

Tanner Pearson -- Elias Pettersson -- Brock Boeser

J.T. Miller -- Bo Horvat -- Zack MacEwen

Josh Leivo -- Adam Gaudette -- Jake Virtanen

Tim Schaller -- Jay Beagle -- Tyler Graovac

Alexander Edler -- Troy Stecher

Quinn Hughes -- Christopher Tanev

Jordie Benn -- Tyler Myers

Jacob Markstrom

Thatcher Demko

Scratched: Sven Baertschi, Loui Eriksson, Oscar Fantenberg

Injured: Brandon Sutter (groin strain), Tyler Motte (foot), Antoine Roussel (knee), Micheal Ferland (concussion protocol)


Predators projected lineup

Filip Forsberg -- Ryan Johansen -- Viktor Arvidsson

Calle Jarnkrok -- Matt Duchene -- Mikael Granlund

Rocco Grimaldi -- Nick Bonino -- Craig Smith

Austin Watson -- Colton Sissons -- Mathieu Olivier

Roman Josi -- Ryan Ellis

Mattias Ekholm -- Dante Fabbro

Dan Hamhuis -- Steven Santini

Pekka Rinne

Juuse Saros

Scratched: Matt Irwin, Yannick Weber, Kyle Turris

Injured: None


Status report

Pearson and Miller switched places in the top-six forward group at the morning skate and Stecher and Myers swapped pairings on defense. … Sissons moved back to center with Turris scratched.


Stat pack

Pettersson has five points (three goals, two assists) in four games against the Predators. … Forsberg has 13 points (seven goals, six assists) in 15 games against the Canucks.

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