GAME: Vancouver Canucks (16-7-5-2) at Nashville Predators (14-12-2-0).
TIME: Tuesday, 8 p.m. EST.
With their No. 1 goalie expected to return from injury, the Vancouver
Canucks look to extend their unbeaten streak to five games when they visit the
Dan Cloutier has sat out all four games of the unbeaten run with an injured
groin. Backup Johan Hedberg went 1-0-1 in Cloutier's place, but he also got
hurt and has missed Vancouver's last two games with a wrist injury.
Alex Auld was called up from Manitoba of the AHL on Tuesday and played
surprisingly well in two starts. He made 28 saves in a 1-1 tie with the
Colorado Avalanche on Thursday, then stopped 30 shots as the Canucks beat the
Carolina Hurricanes 2-1 in overtime Sunday.
"Mentally it's easier than having been here for a week and sitting on the
bench and getting thrown in," said Auld, who is expected to back up Cloutier
for Tuesday's contest.
Against the Hurricanes, Vancouver trailed 1-0 until Trevor Linden scored at
3:17 of the third period. Markus Naslund then scored with 47 seconds remaining
It was the fourth straight overtime game for the Canucks and the 10th in
their last 14 contests. Naslund scored the winning goal for the second time in
"It's fun to play when it opens up a little bit," Naslund said. "But we'd
like to win in regulation."
Nashville's winless streak reached three games with a 2-2 tie against
Florida at home Saturday. Prior to the skid, the Predators had won a
franchise-record six straight.
The Predators were awarded the tying goal on a review in the second period,
but were prevented from getting the winning goal when another replay showed
that Scott Walker batted the puck into the net with his arm.
Nashville pressed hard for the winning goal in the final minute of overtime.
The Predators kept the puck in the Florida end the whole time and fired several
pucks at the net, including a drive by Scott Hartnell that rang off the right
"The wait was tough. We had a bit of a flow going," Walker said. "When
you wait that long and it's a goal it helps with the flow. When you wait a long
time and it's not one, it can really hurt you."