Canucks Sport Day: Hitting proper notes in Music Metropolis can be high-quality journey finale

The Fab 4 are on a mission. Elias Pettersson has 10 factors (2-8), J.T. Miller has eight (2-6), Quinn Hughes has 5 (1-4) and Thatcher Demko has stopped 93 of 100 pictures.

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Vancouver Canucks (3-2-0) at Nashville Predators (3-3-0)

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When/the place: Tuesday, 6:15 p.m., Bridgestone Area

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TV: SN Pacific. Radio: Sportsnet 650

The thrill: Consecutive nights in Nashville with out a sport will transfer the curiosity meter. Music Metropolis has its leisure distractions and elite eating experiences. Rick Tocchet is enjoying the “bonding” card in hopes that his revamped roster builds chemistry away from the rink. “You need guys to have enjoyable,” mentioned the Canucks head coach. “Now we have a time without work (Monday) and I’m actually anxious to see how we play.”

The historical past: The Canucks went 1-0-2 in opposition to the Predators final season. They misplaced 4-3 in a shootout at Rogers Area on Nov. 5 as Nashville rallied from an early three-goal deficit on the energy of 42 saves by Juuse Saros. It was the fifth time the Canucks had blown a multi-goal lead. Ilya Mikheyev, J.T. Miller and Andrei Kuzmenko scored early for the Canucks. On Feb. 21 in Nashville, Kuzmenko scored his second purpose with 16 seconds left in regulation, however the Canucks fell 5-4 in a shootout. On March 6 at Rogers Area, Elias Pettersson scored his thirtieth purpose of the season and had the shootout winner in a 4-3 triumph.

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The hope: The Canucks play laborious in a troublesome constructing and draw penalties to permit their third-ranked energy play (37.5 per cent) to make a distinction to shut out their five-game street journey. The Predators have struggled on the penalty kill (66.7 per cent) that ranks third worst.

The concern: The Canucks play nicely within the opening body, have one other second-period sag, and are compelled to search out their sport within the third stanza. Consistency has been the most important problem and it could actually’t wane Tuesday.

The highest weapons: The Fab 4 appear to be they’re on a mission. Pettersson has 10 factors (2-8), Miller has eight (2-6), Quinn Hughes has picked up his puck wizardry with 5 factors (1-4), and Thatcher Demko has stopped 93 of 100 pictures.

The wounded: Canucks: Teddy Blueger (ankle), Guillaume Brisebois (concussion, LTIR). Predators: Cody Glass (decrease physique), Luke Schenn (decrease physique, IR), Egor Afanasyev (undisclosed, season-opening IR).

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The quote: “It’s our play by way of the impartial zone. We’re permitting too many pictures. Guys are skating backwards once we ought to press up. We don’t need to again off when now we have the lead and now we have to shake off that mindset. We’re chipping away at it.” — Rick Tocchet.

The lineup: Mikheyev-Pettersson-Kuzmenko/Di Giuseppe-Miller-Boeser/Joshua-Suter-Lafferty/Beauvillier-Studnicka-Garland/Hughes-Hronek/Cole-Myers/Soucy-Friedman.

The prediction: The Canucks shouldn’t lack incentive. Their greatest gamers have been their greatest gamers, however they want extra from bottom-six combine. Anthony Beauviller has dropped to the fourth line, has no factors and simply six pictures by way of 5 video games. Canucks rating twice on energy play and prevail 5-3.

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