Canucks limp into Nashville

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 9:02 AM ET

Next stop, Nashville, as the Vancouver Canucks complete their "Twang Tour."

Canucks resumed National Hockey League play Tuesday night with a 2-1 win over the Flames in Calgary.

They meet the Predators tonight in "Music City U.S.A.," home of the Grand Ol' Opry.

Canucks will again be without Mattias Ohlund and Sami Salo, who sustained upper body injuries in Olympic hockey quarter-finals last week in Torino, Italy.

They've been replaced by Manitoba Moose call-ups Tomas Mojzis and Sven Butenschon.

Both teams are looking for their 35th win, but the Predators will seek revenge after losing 4-3 to the Canucks Dec. 28 in Vancouver.

Nashville is also hoping to gain some ground in a race with the Detroit Red Wings for the lead of the Western conference's central division. The Predators were nine points behind the Wings, who visited the Mighty Ducks in Anaheim last night.

Predators are led by North Vancouver's Paul Kariya, who has 19 goals and 39 assists, and linemate Steve Sullivan, the team's goal-scoring leader with 26.

Nashville includes ex-Canucks' Mike Sillinger and Scott Walker and is backstopped by goaltender Tomas Vokoun.


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