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Nashville Continues Homestand in Search of Revenge Against Vancouver

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

After getting back in the win column on Tuesday against Ottawa, the Nashville Predators are looking for a bit of revenge tonight with the Vancouver Canucks in town. It's the second of three meetings between the two clubs this season; the Preds dropped a 5-3 decision to the Canucks just last week on the road.

Nashville began their three-game homestand with a 3-1 victory over the Senators on Tuesday to end a two-game skid. The result got the Preds back in first place in the Central Division and the Western Conference as they hit the 20-win mark.

Predators forward Kyle Turris has been on the ice this week with the club, the first time he's joined the team since suffering an injury on Nov. 23. He, along with Filip Forsberg, Viktor Arvidsson and P.K. Subban all remain on Injured Reserve.

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Video: Predators score three unanswered in 3-1 win over Sens

Last Time Out:

Austin Watson, Ryan Ellis and Craig Smith all scored for the Preds in their win over the Sens, while Pekka Rinne made 25 saves for his 13th victory of the campaign. Ryan Johansen continues to lead the team in scoring with 26 points, followed by Roman Josi with 22 and Mattias Ekholm with 19. Smith is the active leader in goals with nine, while Ryan Hartman has eight.

The Opposition:

Vancouver (14-16-3) has won three straight, including a 3-2 victory over Columbus on Tuesday. Rookie forward Elias Pettersson paces the club with 16 goals and 32 points, followed by Bo Horvat with 14 goals and 28 points. Jake Virtanen has 10 goals for the Canucks; Brock Boeser has nine. Jacob Markstrom is 11-9-3 in net for Vancouver with a .901 save percentage.

Video: Kyle Turris says he'll return to the Preds' lineup

All-Time Meetings:

The Predators are 29-35-(2)-6 all-time against the Canucks, including a 15-14-(1)-6 record at Bridgestone Arena. The Preds are 7-4-1 in their last 12 games against the Canucks, including wins in five of their last eight meetings. Nashville has earned a point in five of their last six games versus Vancouver at Bridgestone Arena (4-1-1) and has limited the Canucks to two-or-fewer goals in four of those contests.

Notables Versus Vancouver:

Roman Josi has eight points (8a) in his last seven games against the Canucks, including a current five-game point streak (6a). Calle Jarnkrok has six points (3g-3a) in his last five games vs. Vancouver (3g-3a), including a game-winning goal (March 2, 2018) and two multi-point efforts. Nick Bonino has 10 points (7g-3a) in 20 career matchups with the Canucks; Bonino spent the 2014-15 season with Vancouver, tallying 15 goals and 24 assists for 39 points.

Video: Laviolette talks Tolvanen, Turris

When You Go:

Bridgestone Arena doors open at 5:30 p.m. CT ahead of tonight's 7 p.m. puck drop. Stop by the Preds Foundation Area (Section 106/107) or online at NashvilleLockerRoom.com to purchase your 2019 Preds Player Zoo Calendar for $20. All proceeds benefit the Nashville Zoo.

Visit the Ford Ice Center table (Section 107/108) tonight and Saturday to receive 25 percent off Scott Hamilton Skating Academy's Learn to Skate packages. For more information on the Learn to Skate program, click here.

Watch & Listen:

Coverage for tonight's contest begins with Predators Live on Fox Sports Tennessee at 6:30 p.m. Willy Daunic, Chris Mason and Kara Hammer have the call on the television side, while Pete Weber and Hal Gill will broadcast on 102.5 The Game and the Predators Radio Network.

If the Predators are playing hockey, you can count on the game being on at Preds Approved Bars & Restaurants. Locations throughout Tennessee may be seen by clicking here.

Video: Preds get Kyle Turris back, host Canucks

Streaming Info:

Listen to a Live Radio Feed (only active during the game broadcast window).

Watch a Live Stream of the game on the Fox Sports Go App or Watch on NHL.TV

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