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Canucks, Predators battle for playoff positioning

Mar 6, 2008 - 2:53 PM
Nashville (34-25-8) at Vancouver (32-24-10) 10:00 pm EST

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Ticker) - Two teams separated by just two points for the final spot in the Western Conference playoff picture lock up Thursday when the Nashville Predators visit the Vancouver Canucks.

The Predators (76 points) hold a two-point edge over the Canucks for the eighth and final spot in the West and enter Thursday having won their past two games by a combined 8-2.

Nashville goaltender Dan Ellis has been in net for each of the past two contests, stopping a combined 53 shots. He is 7-1-1 with a 2.41 goals-against average and one shutout in his last nine starts.

Martin Erat snapped a five-game goalless streak on Tuesday, recording the first hat trick of his career in a 5-1 win at Edmonton.

Jason Arnott, who leads Predators with 63 points this season, has earned at least one point in 20 of his last 22 games.

The Canucks have slipped out of the playoff picture by going 0-2-2 in their last four games, failing to score more than two goals in any of the contests.

They suffered a 2-1 loss to Northwest Division rival Colorado on Tuesday, going 1-for-4 on the power play and converting just one of 27 shots on goal.

Daniel Sedin, who leads Vancouver with 26 goals this season, managed just one shot against the Avalanche and does not have a point in the last four games. His streak of six straight games without goal ties a season high.

The Canucks have taken two of the last three meetings between the teams this season, including a 3-2 shootout win in Vancouver on February 21. Roberto Luongo made 49 saves in the victory.








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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    NASHVILLE 2 0 0 2
    VANCOUVER 4 1 1 6 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: VAN - (SH) ALEXANDRE BURROWS 10 (UNASSISTED) 0:37
    VAN - (PP) ALEXANDER EDLER 8 (SAMI SALO, DANIEL SEDIN) 4:11
    NAS - (SH) VERNON FIDDLER 10 (UNASSISTED) 4:25
    VAN - MATT PETTINGER 3 (SAMI SALO, ALEXANDRE BURROWS) 6:09
    N

    Mar 7 12:42 AM


  • NHL
    NASHVILLE 2
    VANCOUVER 6
    3RD PRD: VAN - (PP) RYAN SHANNON 5 (SAMI SALO, DANIEL SEDIN) 11:01

    Predators 2, Canucks 6  3rd - 8:59Mar 7 12:13 AM


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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    NASHVILLE 2 0 2
    VANCOUVER 4 1 5 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: VAN - (SH) ALEXANDRE BURROWS 10 (UNASSISTED) 0:37
    VAN - (PP) ALEXANDER EDLER 8 (SAMI SALO, DANIEL SEDIN) 4:11
    NAS - (SH) VERNON FIDDLER 10 (UNASSISTED) 4:25
    VAN - MATT PETTINGER 3 (SAMI SALO, ALEXANDRE BU

    Mar 6 11:40 PM


  • NHL
    NASHVILLE 2
    VANCOUVER 5
    2ND PRD: VAN - MASON RAYMOND 8 (UNASSISTED) 1:33

    Predators 2, Canucks 5  2nd - 18:27Mar 6 11:06 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    NASHVILLE 2 2
    VANCOUVER 4 4 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: VAN - (SH) ALEXANDRE BURROWS 10 (UNASSISTED) 0:37
    VAN - (PP) ALEXANDER EDLER 8 (SAMI SALO, DANIEL SEDIN) 4:11
    NAS - (SH) VERNON FIDDLER 10 (UNASSISTED) 4:25
    VAN - MATT PETTINGER 3 (SAMI SALO, ALEXANDRE BU

    Mar 6 10:47 PM


  • NHL
    NASHVILLE 2
    VANCOUVER 4
    1ST PRD: VAN - KEVIN BIEKSA 2 (DANIEL SEDIN, HENRIK SEDIN) 18:03

    Predators 2, Canucks 4  1st - 1:57Mar 6 10:45 PM


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    NASHVILLE 2
    VANCOUVER 3
    1ST PRD: NAS - GREG DE VRIES 3 (JAN HLAVAC, MARTIN ERAT) 6:21

    Predators 2, Canucks 3  1st - 13:39Mar 6 10:24 PM


  • NHL
    NASHVILLE 1
    VANCOUVER 3
    1ST PRD: VAN - MATT PETTINGER 3 (SAMI SALO, ALEXANDRE BURROWS) 6:09

    Predators 1, Canucks 3  1st - 13:51Mar 6 10:23 PM


  • NHL
    NASHVILLE 1
    VANCOUVER 2
    1ST PRD: NAS - (SH) VERNON FIDDLER 10 (UNASSISTED) 4:25

    Predators 1, Canucks 2  1st - 15:35Mar 6 10:19 PM


  • NHL
    NASHVILLE 0
    VANCOUVER 2
    1ST PRD: VAN - (PP) ALEXANDER EDLER 8 (SAMI SALO, DANIEL SEDIN) 4:11
    (TWO-MAN ADVANTAGE)

    Predators 0, Canucks 2  1st - 15:49Mar 6 10:19 PM


  • NHL
    NASHVILLE 0
    VANCOUVER 1
    1ST PRD: VAN - (SH) ALEXANDRE BURROWS 10 (UNASSISTED) 0:37

    Predators 0, Canucks 1  1st - 19:23Mar 6 10:10 PM
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