Onward to Nashville

BOB MACKIN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:09 AM ET

Will the Vancouver Canucks have enough twang to beat the Nashville Predators tonight?

They should after winning their first overtime game of 2008 on Tuesday against the Minnesota Wild.

The Canucks split their first two meetings with the Predators. They lost 3-0 on home ice on Nov. 1, but responded with a 5-2 win on Dec. 6 in Music City, U.S.A.

The Canucks are already in playoff mode - even though they're not assured of a berth. Taylor Pyatt missed Tuesday's game with the non-specific "upper-body injury" that was actually a shoulder malady. It was Pyatt's first absence of the season, despite suffering serious facial injuries that led him to finally wear a visor.

Kevin Bieksa won't be in the lineup with the Canucks, but he is expected to see action as soon as this weekend with the Manitoba Moose. He was demoted on a conditioning assignment to the AHL farm team in Winnipeg yesterday.

Bieksa's left calf was slashed in a collision with Predator Vern Fiddler in that Nov. 1 loss. It's not known how long Bieksa will be a Moose, but the team has five games in the next seven days.

Lukas Krajicek won't be so lucky. The Czech blueliner's shoulder was injured in a collision with St. Louis Blue Keith Tkachuk in January and he is to undergo surgery this week. Krajicek's agent Peter Svoboda, told CKNW that Krajicek would be gone for the season. He had two goals in 39 games.

The Predators' 20 home wins is second best in the Western conference, behind the league-leading Detroit Red Wings.

The teams will meet again on March 6 in Vancouver.


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