Monday, March 28, 2011

Game Preview: High-Powered Canucks Visit Nashville



The 1st place Vancouver Canucks will make their final regular season visit to Nashville for the 2010-2011 season to take on the Predators on Tuesday night at Bridgestone Arena. Nashville has won two out of three meetings so far this year against Vancouver, and will be looking to make it four on Tuesday night. In the most recent game between these two teams, the Predators shut out the Canucks by a score of 3-0 at Rogers Arena. In Vancouver's last visit to Nashville, the Predators took the game by a 3-1 score and Mike Fisher scored his first goal as a Nashville Predator.

Former Nashville Predators defenseman Dan Hamhuis will not be playing in Tuesday night's game due to a concussion that he suffered on Sunday against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Both teams are coming into this game on a hot streak. Vancouver has won three games in a row, and have taken nine out of their last 10 games. Nashville has won six games in a row coming into Tuesday night's game.

As is always the case with Vancouver, the Sedin twins are the key to the Canucks' offense. They have 185 combined points on the season, and Daniel Sedin leads the entire NHL in points. Stopping the twins is obviously going to be a huge key for the Predators if they want to win.

Nashville's line of Kostitsyn-Fisher-Hornqvist is going to be key in this game. All three of them have found their offensive touch in the past couple of games, and that trend is going to have to continue. The Preds are going to need at least two reliable offensive units every night.

This is a possible playoff preview for the Predators, so there's going to be some intensity in this game. It's been widely said that Vancouver won't show much effort in Tuesday night's game because it really doesn't mean anything for them. I don't think that's true at all. They are going to want to beat Nashville because they haven't had much success against them so far this year. The puck drops at 7:00 P.M.

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