Hurting Preds won’t be easy prey for Canucks 0
Dec 1, 2013; Raleigh, NC, USA; Vancouver Canucks forward Ryan Kesler (17) watches his 2nd period goal go past the Carolina Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward (30) and teammate defensemen Jay Harrison (44) at PNC Arena. The Vancouver Canucks defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2. (Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports)
Believe it or not, the Vancouver Canucks will be aiming to do something Tuesday they failed to accomplish all through November — win consecutive games.
The last time the Canucks managed the most basic victory streak was in October, a month when they won three straight to close off a seven-game road trip before winning another at home.
So yes, it's been a while.
But after a 3-2 win Sunday over the Carolina Hurricanes — the first time they have been on the right end of a one-goal game since Oct. 28 — the Canucks have a chance to put together a two-game run when they face the Nashville Predators Tuesday.
A victory would also make Vancouver 3-1 on the road trip, a feat much more commendable than what they managed during their recent homestretch when they went 1-2-3.
Last season, the Canucks swept the Preds, winning all three games by a combined score of 13-6. Jannik Hansen and Henrik Sedin led the way with four points each, while Nashville’s star defenceman Shea Weber was kept off the score sheet.
Not that it will matter this time around.
The hard-hitting, heavy-shooting blueliner won't be in the Preds’ lineup. Last Thursday, the B.C. native was hit in the face with a puck against Edmonton and is out with a day-to-day eye injury.
His fellow blueliner, Kevin Klein, is also sidelined with a foot injury.
Nashville, losers of two straight, have had an injury-filled season so far and currently sit four points back of the Canucks with two games in hand. They are also the lowest scoring club in the Western Conference, led by centre David Legwand who has five goals and 15 points.
Their special teams, however, have been rather successful with an 11th-ranked power play and an eighth-ranked penalty kill.
As for the Canucks, holders of the NHL’s best PK, the team has experienced a resurgence with the man advantage. The team has scored at least one power-play goal in five straight games and seven in their last nine.