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The Spectacle Of Fearsome Acts: Predators @ Canucks

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Can the Canucks snap another streak tonight against the Predators? Probably not, but it's fun to live in your own head from time to time isn't it?

Bo thinks Carrie Underwood is vastly overrated.
Bo thinks Carrie Underwood is vastly overrated.
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T-minus 16 games to go...

Vancouver had a fine chance to tank against the Coyotes but decided to give Granlund his first tally as a Canuck instead. Looking ahead Vancouver plays Winnipeg twice and Edmonton in their next six games, so if Tank Nation still has legs those games are huge.

Speaking of the T word...

Christ, Vancouver drops 1% from a few days ago and Toronto inches up 1%. May as well give up on any shot at a top three pick and settle for dreams of Jakob Chychrun slipping down a few spots. /r/Canucks was on top of this damn near a year ago.

The big news tonight is #33 returns to center the first line with genetic buddy #22 and #18, the 19 year old kid that was getting buried by the media not long ago. This could very well be the first line next season so get used to see Virts pull a page from AMFB and crash and bang his way to first line success. Gaunce sits with Hank back but figure he gets back in against the Jets.

Across the ice Nashville will try to extend their overall point streak to 15 games tonight against the kids. The Preds are 7-0-3 in their last ten and firmly entrenched in the first wild card spot. Filip Forsberg leads the way with 53 pts, including six in his last five games (2G, 4A). Pekka Rinne has not lost in regulation to Vancouver since 2013.

Oh, and here's a fun fact:

Nashville's success against Canadian franchises also continues, with a 12-1-4 record against them, or 28 of a possible 34 points in the standings this season.

Human Guinea Pig Formations

Daniel Sedin - Henrik Sedin - Jake Virtanen

Sven Baertschi - Bo Horvat - Emerson Etem

Linden Vey - Markus Granlund - Derek Dorsett

Alexandre Burrows - Jared McCann - Radim Vrbata

Dan Hamhuis - Yannick Weber

Ben Hutton - Luca Sbisa

Matt Bartkowski - Alex Biega

Ryan Miller

Calle Jarnkrok - Ryan Johansen - James Neal

Filip Forsberg - Mike Ribeiro - Craig Smith

Miikka Salomaki - Mike Fisher - Viktor Arvidsson

Colin Wilson - Colton Sissons - Austin Watson

Roman Josi - Shea Weber

Anthony Bitetto - Ryan Ellis

Mattias Ekholm - Petter Granberg

Pekka Rinne

One Question

It seems like a long shot to bank on Vancouver's PP, but the Predators PK is in the bottom third of the league (23rd, 79.5%). Rinne hasn't allowed a PPG on their entire road trip, a perfect 10 for 10 on the kill. It was only a week ago that the Canucks flexed their special teams muscle in a win over San Jose. So...I'm not saying, I'm just saying.

One Observation

I loathe Kesler with every fiber of my hockey being, but every time I think of Nashville this immediately springs to mind. Pretty as hell.

Fearless Prediction

No conundrum here friend. While we wait for Tryamkin to make the dance, the kids will get another life lesson in a defeat, call it 3-1 Preds.

By the way, "tuppenny" means of little value or status. I beg you to use that with a loved one before the weekend is over.