Preds-Canucks promise to be another snoozefest

HOSEA CHEUNG, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:22 PM ET

Start getting those pillows fluffed.

If Tuesday's matchup between the Predators and the Canucks resembles anything close to the last time these two sides met, another snoozer is imminent.

Yes, in a game that may have cured insomnia four weeks ago, Nashville, following two listless periods, potted three goals in the third, including an empty netter, in a 3-0 win.

The game itself may have been uneventful, but it was Henrik Sedin who capped off the evening with a fairly bold and memorable statement.

"I thought we played our best game in three or four weeks," he said, referring to the 10-game stretch leading up to that point where Vancouver rotated wins and losses.

"If you look at the result, you might go home and think that we played a bad game. But if we can build on this and play this type of game were going to score more goals."

The comment was puzzling, even laughable, at the time considering the result and effort, but sure enough, the captain was right.

The team not only built off the loss, they went on to win seven straight, and 10 of their last 11, putting themselves in prime position to take home the franchise's first President's Trophy.

The Canucks, tonight, can also clinch top spot in the West with a win. They close out a four-game road trip in Music City against the Preds, a team they may potentially face in the playoffs.

Vancouver will also get another chance to solve Pekka Rinne, a leading candidate to win the Vezina Trophy as the league's top goaltender and maybe even an underdog to be a Hart Trophy nominee. The Finn, who has won five straight, is second overall in save percentage (.929) and goals against average (2.10).

Without Rinne, it would be hard to imagine the Predators being where they are now sixth in the Western Conference especially since they are 25th in goal scoring.

But then again, it might take some imagination, and maybe a few Red Bulls, just to endure this clash between the league's top two defensive teams.

Injury front

Dan Hamhuis, who suffered a concussion Sunday, did not practise with the team Monday but reportedly told coach Alain Vigneault he's feeling better.

As for Manny Malhotra, his brother-in-law and NBA star Steve Nash wrote on Twitter that the Canucks centre will go under the knife today. "I need my brother in law, Manny Malhotra of the Vancouver Canucks, to have a successful eye surgery tomorrow saving his eye and vision," he tweeted.


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