Predators have feast

TIM CAMPBELL -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 9:51 AM ET

Though there's never a good time to have a five-game losing streak, being in a battle for a final playoff spot is definitely the wrong time to slump.

However, that's the situation the Canucks find themselves in after losing 5-0 to the Predators in Nashville last night.

The loss is all the more hazardous to Canucks post-season hopes after the Edmonton Oilers pulled out a 2-1 victory last night over the Minnesota Wild. That means Edmonton has caught Vancouver in the standings. Both teams have 76 points and share the final seventh and eighth playoff spots in the Western Conference.

The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim are only two points behind the Canucks, with three games in hand.

It was a rough welcome in Nashville for goalie Mika Noronen in his first start as a Canuck. He was picked up from Buffalo Thursday for a second-round pick.

Dan Hamhuis opened the scoring for Nashville with a shorthanded goal at 3:05 of the first. Predators consolidated their lead with goals by Jordin Tootoo and Scottie Upshall in the second and two more by Jerred Smithson and Scott Hartnell.

The Canucks next game is Friday in Columbus. They return to Vancouver to face Detroit on Sunday.


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