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Gamethread: Canucks @ Predators — Look Away, Dixieland

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Vancouver begins a brutal trip tonight that will either be the road to ruin or help their improbable playoff push.

NHL: Vancouver Canucks at Nashville Predators Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

When: 5 p.m.

Where: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tenn.

Where to watch: Sportsnet Pacific, NHL.com

Where to Listen: TSN 1040

SB Nation Game Hub

Opposition Blog: On the Forecheck

Money Line: NSH -190 to -225

Six games over ten days, with travel, time changes, early games and a Canucks team in the midst of a three game losing spin and whose special teams are failing. The last long Eastern trip this season was a true disaster. It’s not hard to see why locals like Iain MacIntyre, Dave Tomlinson and Jon Abbott don’t feel the Canucks will return home with a shot at the playoffs. Probably so, but until we get there, let’s watch some hockey and hold out some hope.

If nothing else, we can hope tonight’s game is better than the two turdburgers we had to endure between these two teams earlier this season.

Late news tonight that Anton Rodin needed more surgery and is out for six months. Tough break for him and for the Canucks.

Enjoy (hopefully) the game. Coconuts go!