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Game Preview / Gamethread #6: Canucks vs Nashville

October 24, 2023
- Westy

Canucks look to end their road trip in Nashville with a victory.

CANUCKS (3-2-0) at PREDATORS (3-3-0)

9:15 p.m. ET; BSSO, SNP

Have you looked at the Pacific standings? 1/16th of the way through the year and the Canucks are in 2nd place.

You can partially thank me for the terrible record of the other team in the division. I have goalies for both Edmonton and Seattle in the NM fantasy league...they suck.

Apologies for the lack of a recap from the last game. Life gets in the way sometimes.

Watching the last game I did notice a few things. The Canucks had no right to get out of the first tied and the defense should have bought Casey DeSmith a car after keeping them alive in the first 10 minutes. Quinn Hughes is better this year than last. I know....what a bold statement. But he is....in all aspects. His defense is getting better, as he is able to close gaps faster and push forwards to the outside. CA does a good job of showing numbers here. He is also shooting more, which is a good thing for the forwards. As the defense has to come out to challenge him, Canuck forwards have more space to shoot after he passes off. Tyler Myers is still bad. The Canucks getting a win against an Eastern team on the road feels really nice.

Today the Canucks come back into the Western Conference against the Preds, who are sporting a 3-3 record. The Preds have quite a mixture of known and unknown names. Ryan O'Reilly joins Nashville after being part of another disappointing Leafs playoff team. Tommy Novak is the leading scorer on the team with 4 goals. The Preds PK is bottom 3 in the league and they have a middle of the road PP.

Canucks projected lineup

Phillip Di Giuseppe -- J.T. Miller -- Brock Boeser

Andrei Kuzmenko -- Elias Pettersson -- Ilya Mikheyev

Dakota Joshua -- Pius Suter -- Conor Garland

Anthony Beauvillier -- Sam Lafferty -- Nils Hoglander

Quinn Hughes -- Filip Hronek

Ian Cole -- Mark Friedman

Carson Soucy -- Tyler Myers

Thatcher Demko

Casey DeSmith

Scratched: Noah Juulsen, Jack Studnicka

Injured: Teddy Blueger (lower body), Guillaume Brisebois (undisclosed)

Predators projected lineup

Filip Forsberg -- Ryan O'Reilly -- Juuso Parssinen

Kiefer Sherwood -- Tommy Novak -- Luke Evangelista

Gustav Nyquist -- Colton Sissons -- Samuel Fagemo

Yakov Trenin -- Michael McCarron -- Cole Smith

Roman Josi -- Dante Fabbro

Ryan McDonagh -- Alexandre Carrier

Jeremy Lauzon -- Tyson Barrie

Juuse Saros

Kevin Lankinen

Scratched: Philip Tomasino, Liam Foudy

Injured: Luke Schenn (lower body), Cody Glass (lower body)

Status report

Friedman was with Cole on the second defense pair for the Canucks at the morning skate, Myers moved to the third. ... The Predators held an optional morning skate. Foudy, a forward, was claimed by Nashville off waivers from the Columbus Blue Jackets on Oct. 21. - NHL.COM

I was hoping that by this point more media would be asking Petey if he has made a decision yet about staying in Vancouver. Lazy ass reporters. Petey has 13 points in 12 games against Nashville and with the way the PP has been going, I would expect a couple more tonight.

Coming back to Vancouver with back to back wins after losing two games would be a distinct change from last year's team. Let's hope the Canucks come out skating better in the first 10 minutes than they did last game.

Go Canucks Go!

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