The Nashville Predators conclude their four-game road trip tonight (at 9 p.m. CT) in Vancouver as they take on the Canucks from Rogers Arena. It's the first of three meetings between the two clubs this season; the Preds and Canucks will visit each other once more after tonight's outing.
The Preds are 1-1-1 on the trip thus far, including a 2-1 shootout loss on Saturday night in San Jose.
A game in Vancouver is always a homecoming of sorts for a number of Preds - Ryan Johansen, Colton Sissons, Kyle Turris, Dan Hamhuis, Dante Fabbro and Matt Irwin are all natives of the province of British Columbia, while Nick Bonino and Yannick Weber used to skate for the Canucks.
A full contingent of Preds hit the ice for Monday's practice in Vancouver, including Fabbro, who sported a full cage on his helmet after taking a puck to the face in San Jose.
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Last Time Out:
Filip Forsberg scored the lone goal for the Preds on Saturday night in San Jose, and Juuse Saros made 31 saves through 65 minutes of play before stopping six more Sharks in the shootout. Forsberg's tally extended his point streak to four games, and he also has goals in three straight.
Nashville's top defensive pair of Roman Josi and Ryan Ellis continues to lead the team in scoring with 17 and 16 points, respectively. Matt Duchene has 15 points for the Preds; he's followed by Forsberg, Nick Bonino and Ryan Johansen with 13 points each. Forsberg and Bonino are tied for the team lead with eight goals each; Viktor Arvidsson has six goals on the season.
It's been an impressive start for the young, but talented Canucks, who own a 9-6-3 record, but they have struggled recently. Vancouver has dropped four-straight games, including a 2-1 decision to the New Jersey Devils on Sunday.
Elias Pettersson leads the club with 21 points, followed by J.T. Miller with 19 and Brock Boeser with 18. Miller and Boeser have eight goals apiece; Pettersson and Bo Horvat have six goals each. Jacob Markstrom is 5-4-3 in net for the Canucks; Thatcher Demko is 4-2-0.
The Predators are 31-35-(2)-6 all-time against the Canucks, including a 14-21-(1)-0 record on the road. The Preds are 9-4-1 in their last 14 games against the Canucks, including wins in seven of their last 10 meetings.
Nashville has won two of its last three road contests in Vancouver, scoring a combined 11 goals in the victories.
Notables Versus Vancouver:
Roman Josi has nine points (9a) in his last nine games against the Canucks, and Calle Jarnkrok has seven points (4g-3a) in his last seven games versus Vancouver, including a game-winning goal and two multi-point efforts.
Nick Bonino has recorded two consecutive two-point games versus Vancouver and has 14 points (8g-4a) in 22 career matchups with the Canucks. Bonino spent the 2014-15 season with Vancouver, tallying 15 goals and 39 points.
Matt Irwin, who is a native of Victoria, B.C., played his junior hockey for the BCHL's Nanaimo Clippers and will be inducted into the team's "Wall of Honour" on Wednesday.
Watch & Listen:
Coverage for tonight's 9 p.m. CT puck drop at Rogers Arena begins with Predators Live on Fox Sports Tennessee at 8:30 p.m. Willy Daunic, Chris Mason and Lyndsay Rowley 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. Pregame coverage on the radio side begins at 8 p.m. with Darren McFarland. For broadcast information and channel locations throughout the country, click here.
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