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GAME DAY PREVIEW: Canucks @ Nashville- Feb 7/17

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The 2017 edition of the Magical Misery Tour is a go! Ben Hutton makes his return tonight as the Canucks begin a stretch of 6 games in 10 days. This could get ugly, friends...

Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Vancouver Canucks vs. Nashville Predators

5:00 PM PT - Bridgestone Arena- Nashville, TN

TV: SNP - Radio: TSN 1040

This is what they're facing if you're still holding out hope. 6 points to leap past the current holder of the last wild card spot. That means with a LOT of help, they'd need to win a minimum of 4 of the next 6 games. More likely, they'd need to run the table to return in a wild card position. That would mean doubling the number of road wins they have so far this season, and doing it against Nashville, Columbus, Boston, Buffalo, Pittsburgh and St Louis. Be honest now, how many of those games do you look at and think to yourself "Oh yeah, there's a game the Canucks can totally win"?

Canucks
CATEGORY
Predators
23-23-6 SEASON RECORD 25-19-8
52 Points 58
6th Division Position 3rd
Lost 3
Streak Lost 1
2.29 (28)
Goals For Per 60 (GF60)
2.69 (14)
2.85 (19)
Goals Against Per 60 (GA60)
2.54 (9)
14.4 (28) Power Play % 17.8 (19)
79.0 (23) Penalty Kill % 83.6 (9)
52.2 (4) Faceoff Win % 50.3 (15)
8.1 (25)
Shooting % 8.6 (20)
48.6 (22)
Corsi For % 51.2 (8)
98.9 (23)
PDO 100.2 (13)

Stats from NHL.com and www.hockey-reference.com

THE OPPOSITION

The Preds have been playing much better of late, and having that 1-2 punch of PK Subban and Roman Josi back in the lineup is one of the reasons. They hadn't had both of their stud Dmen together in the lineup since December, but now are 6-3-1 in their last 10 and sitting 3rd in the Central Division, looking good as they head into the trade deadline to make the playoffs. They also got rid of human garbage Mike Ribiero, though by sending him down to their AHL squad, he will be no doubt teaching bad habits to their prospects. Not our problem, though...

THE CANUCKS

Speaking of our problems, one thing we can all rejoice about is Philip Larsen being parked in the press box tonight with the return of Ben Hutton. Hutton injured his hand on a shot block, which saw the formerly concussed Larsen get into the lineup and underwhelm everyone.

Jacob Markstrom will get the start tonight for the Canucks, following a loss to Minnesota which saw Ryan Miller give up 6 goals. Lots of discussion on the internets this morning, as Ben Kuzma discusses the Canucks need to start looking at trading players like Alexandre Burrows, and the Claude Julien firing by the Boston Bruins this morning, bringing the 'Fire Willie' crowd into a froth. If the Canucks haven't won by the time they hit Pittsburgh, you have to think they pull the lever on Willie Desjardins. That would put them at 7 straight losses.

GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN

A double shot from Kreator, one from 2012's 'Phantom Antichrist', the other off their kickass new release 'Gods Of Violence', which debuted at #1 in their home country of Germany.