Friday, March 24, 2023

NHL Preview: Nashville Predators (31-23-6) at Vancouver Canucks (25-32-5)



  • The Predators are 35-39-(2)-6 all-time against the Canucks, including a 16-23-(1)-0 record on the road.

− This is the third and final matchup between Nashville and Vancouver in 2022-23; it is the second and final at Rogers Arena.

− Nashville is 2-0-0 against Vancouver this season, with both victories coming in a shootout (4-3 on Nov. 5 and 5-4 on Feb. 21). The game on Nov. 5 saw the Predators come back to win after falling down 3-0; it was the 12th three-goal comeback in franchise history and the first to come on the road since Dec. 1, 2007 at Montreal.

− The Predators are 4-1-0 in their last five games against the Canucks; they are 6-4-0 in their last 10; and 2-3-0 in their last five on the road.

− North Vancouver native Colton Sissons has eight points (4g-4a) in 19 career games against the Canucks.

− Dante Fabbro hails from Coquitlam, B.C., and has two assists in eight career games vs. Vancouver.

− Tyson Barrie is a native of Victoria, B.C. He has 26 points (6g-20a), including two game-winning goals, in 40 career meetings with the Canucks.

− Roman Josi has points in six of his last eight games (1g-5a) against Vancouver. He also has 15 points (1g-14a) in his last 17 games vs. the Canucks and posted a six-game point streak (7a) against Vancouver from Jan. 10, 2017-Dec. 13, 2018.

− Alexandre Carrier skated in his first career NHL game on Jan. 17, 2017 at Vancouver.

− Nashville Predators 3, Chicago Blackhawks 1 – March 4 (United Center)
− NSH goals: Tomasino – PP (2), Barrie – GWG (11), Sissons – ENG (10)
− CHI goals: S. Jones (8)
− Goaltenders: NSH – Saros (W, 27/28); CHI – Mrazek (L, 22/24)
− Power plays: NSH 1-3; CHI 0-2
− Notes: Nashville improved to 15-12-3 on the road in 2022-23… The Predators are now 2-0-0 against the Blackhawks this season… The win pushed Nashville’s point streak against Chicago to 16 games, matching the longest against a single opponent in franchise history (16 GP vs. Columbus from Nov. 15, 2006-March 28, 2008)… Tyson Barrie scored his first goal with the Predators, the game-winner… Philip Tomasino scored his second goal of the season, both of which have come on the power play… Yakov Trenin tallied two assists for his fourth multi-point game of 2022-23; he has five points (2g-3a) in his last five games… Rasmus Asplund made his Predators debut, dishing out five hits – tied for the team high – in 10:54 of ice time.

Player Designation Dates Missed Games Missed
Mark Borowiecki Upper body – IR Oct. 27-March 4 53
Filip Forsberg Upper body – day-to-day Feb. 13-March 4 10
Ryan Johansen Right leg surgery Feb. 23-March 4 5
Juuso Parssinen Upper body – day-to-day Feb. 26-March 4 4
Alexandre Carrier Upper body – 4-6 weeks March 4 1
Total man-games lost: 136
Individual man-games lost: Borowiecki – 54; McCarron – 20; Carrier – 15; Forsberg – 10; McDonagh – 7; Smith – 6; Johansen – 5; Trenin – 5; Parssinen – 4; Glass – 3; Lauzon – 3; Jankowski – 2; Duchene – 1; Lankinen – 1
OVERALL (82 GP) 35-39-(2)-6
HOME (42 GP) 19-16-(1)-6
ROAD (40 GP) 16-23-(1)-0
LAST MEETING Feb. 21, 2023 at NSH (SOW, 5-4)
PLAYOFFS (0-1) 2011 WCS (L, 4-2)

− March 4: Reassigned forward Zach Sanford to Milwaukee (AHL).

− March 3: Acquired forward Rasmus Asplund from Buffalo for a seventh-round pick in the 2025 NHL Draft. Signed defenseman Dante Fabbro to a one-year, $2.5 million contract for 2023-24. Signed goaltender Kevin Lankinen to a oneyear, $2 million contract for 2023-24.

− March 2: Recalled forward John Leonard from Milwaukee (AHL).

− March 1: Acquired a second-round pick in the 2023 NHL Draft from Pittsburgh for forward Mikael Granlund.


TV: Sportsnet Pacific, BSSO
Radio: Sportsnet 650
• Tonight marks the third and final meeting between the Canucks and Predators this season: Nov. 5 (4-3 SOL vs NSH), Feb. 21 (5-4 SOL @ NSH), and Mar. 6 (home).

• Vancouver is 45-28-2-7 all-time against Nashville, including a 23-13-1-3 record on home ice.

• The Canucks are 4-3-3 in their last 10 games against the Predators (1-2-2 in their last five).

• J.T. Miller leads all active Canucks skaters in career scoring against Nashville with 15 points (7-8-15) in 19 GP.

• Brock Boeser has 13 points (6-7-13) in 12 career games against the Predators.

• Quinn Hughes has 13 points (0-13-13) in nine career games against the Predators.

• Elias Pettersson has 12 points (5-7-12) in 11 career games against the Predators.

• Tyler Myers leads all active Canucks skaters in career games played (27) against Nashville.

• Thatcher Demko is 2-2-1 in five career games against Nashville with a 2.80 GAA and a .910 save percentage.

• Collin Delia has made three career appearances against Nashville (0-1-2).

• Elias Pettersson has 18 points (7-11-18) in his last 11 games.
• J.T. Miller has 14 points (3-11-14) in his last 13 games.
• Quinn Hughes has 14 points (1-13-14) in his last 12 games.
• Brock Boeser has 11 points (3-8-11) in his last 12 games.
• Andrei Kuzmenko has 11 points (7-4-11) in his last nine games.
• Anthony Beauvillier has 10 points (6-4-10) in his last 11 games.
• Conor Garland has seven points (2-5-7) in his last nine games.

LAST MEETING – FEB. 21/23: VAN 4 at NSH 5 (SO)
Andrei Kuzmenko scored his first goal of the night at 12:47 in the second period…Ethan Bear and Quinn Hughes were credited with the assists…Sheldon Dries registered his eighth goal of the season on the power play to tie the game at two…Brock Boeser and Conor Garland recorded assists on the play…Garland registered his second point of the night with a goal at 18:53 in the third period…Hughes and Elias Pettersson were both credited with the helpers…Kuzmenko scored the game-tying goal with 16 seconds remaining in Vancouver Canucks: Media Notes regulation, assisted by J.T. Miller and Anthony Beauvillier …Garland led the team in shots (6)…Kyle Burroughs led the team in hits (5)…Collin Delia made 22 saves and stopped two shootout attempts

2022.23 TEAM RANKS (not updated)
Goals For/Game 3.32 (10th) 2.87 (25th)
Goals Against/Game 3.89 (31st) 2.92 (12th)
Power Play % 23.1 (9th) 19.2 (24th)
Penalty Kill % 67.7 (32nd) 81.2 (12th)
Penalty Min./Game 9:16 (21st) 10:02 (23rd)
*Rankings are accurate as of 4:45pm PT on March 5, 2023

Andrei Kuzmenko opened the scoring on the power play with his team-leading 29th goal of the season at 17:51 in the second period…Quinn Hughes and Brock Boeser registered the assists…Elias Pettersson tied Kuzmenko for the team-lead in goals with a shorthanded marker at 6:49 in the third…J.T. Miller and Tyler Myers drew the assists…Miller (goal) and Pettersson teamed up just 44 seconds later for the fourth-fastest pair of shorthanded goals in franchise history…Quinn Hughes became the fastest defenceman in NHL history to reach 200 assists with the second helper on the play…Nils Aman added an insurance marker at 12:34 in the third period, assisted by Boeser and Phillip Di Giuseppe…Thatcher Demko made 36 saves and was named first star.

• Feb. 21/23: VAN 4 at NSH 5 (SO)
• Nov. 5/22: VAN 3 vs NSH 4 (SO)
• Feb. 1/22: VAN 2 at NSH 4
• Jan. 18/22: VAN 3 at NSH 1
• Nov. 5/21: VAN 2 vs NSH 3

• Wyatt Kalynuk traded to New York Rangers in exchange for future considerations, Mar. 3
• Christian Wolanin, Noah Juulsen, Vasily Podkolzin, and Phillip Di Giuseppe assigned to Abbotsford (AHL), Mar. 3
• Aatu Räty, Christian Wolanin, Noah Juulsen, and Vasily Podkolzin assigned to Abbotsford (AHL), Mar. 3
• Curtis Lazar traded to New Jersey in exchange for a 2024 fourth-round pick, Mar. 3
• Curtis Lazar activated from injured reserve, Mar. 2

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