Nashville Predators at Vancouver Canucks
- The Canucks shut out the Predators, 1-0, in the first meeting between these teams this season on February 22 in Nashville. These clubs have split their last eight meetings in Vancouver.
- The Predators snapped their six game road losing streak with a 4-0 victory over Dallas on Tuesday. Nashville has scored five goals with the man advantage over its last three games after recording just one in its previous six contests.
- The Canucks have scored two goals or less in five straight and seven of their last nine games. Vancouver has just four wins in its last 13 games overall.
- Henrik Sedin has at least one point in 11 of his last 13 games, posting six goals and 10 assists in that span. Sedin has 38 points (7g, 31a) in 43 career games against Nashville.
- Shea Weber has 12 points (4g, 8a) in his last 12 games after recording just two points (both assists) in his first 14 games of the season.
- Gabriel Bourque scored his seventh goal of the season against the Stars on Tuesday, equaling his 43-game goal total from all of last season.
- Canucks fire longtime coach Vigneault
- Sens head into Game 4 trying to tie Pens
- Wings aim to send Quenneville home again
- Paille's late goal gives Bruins 3-0 lead
- Sharks hold home ice, knot series at 2
(AP) -- Goals in Thursday night's meeting between the Vancouver Canucks and Nashville Predators figure to be at a premium, especially based on the first time these teams faced off.
Roberto Luongo outdueled Pekka Rinne last month, and these goalies could match up again when the Canucks open a four-game homestand.
Nashville (11-9-6) is the NHL's lowest scoring team at 2.2 goals per game while Vancouver (12-7-6) has scored two or fewer goals in five straight games and is 0 for 22 on the power play in its last nine.
It's probably not surprising then that Vancouver won 1-0 in the first meeting Feb. 22. Both goalies made 23 saves, but Dale Weise beat Rinne for the lone goal in the third period.
Canucks coach Alain Vigneault had started Cory Schneider in five of six games before turning Tuesday to Luongo. The veteran came through with 26 saves in an effort his coach said was "excellent" as Vancouver ended a four-game losing streak with a 2-1 shootout victory at Columbus.
"We needed one," Luongo said. "You don't want to go on a losing streak. That's no fun to be around in times like that. We knew it was going to take an ugly one to get out of it and now hopefully we can get things rolling here."
Rinne, meanwhile, posted his second shutout in three starts with 32 saves Tuesday in a 4-0 victory at Dallas in the opener of a five-game trip. The Predators ended an 0-5-1 road slide in which they scored one goal or none five times.
Four different Nashville skaters scored and David Legwand and Craig Smith each had two assists. The Predators were 4 for 4 on the penalty kill.
"It's a huge trip for us. It's obviously nice to get that first game right away, get a big win. This is what we needed," said Rinne, who has allowed one goal in his last three outings. "We scored timely goals, and our penalty kill tonight was really good."
Shea Weber and Gabriel Bourque scored on the power play while Nashville's penalty kill came through after yielding goals in 10 consecutive road games prior to Tuesday.
"We need our special teams to be good, and they ended up being pretty good on both ends," coach Barry Trotz said. "The best penalty killer was obviously our goaltender, who was outstanding. But a lot of guys contributed."
Henrik Sedin had a seven-game point streak end Tuesday for Vancouver, which is enduring its longest stretch of scoring two goals or fewer since doing so for six straight games Nov. 23-Dec. 4, 2006.
Vigneault insists that his club will turn it around.
"Our psyche was good," he said. "We've been playing better hockey than what people think."
Rinne is 2-2-0 with a 3.66 goals-against average in five career regular-season starts at Vancouver although he went 2-1-0 with a 1.41 GAA there in the 2011 playoffs.
Vancouver defenseman Kevin Bieksa has missed five straight games with a groin injury.
The Predators' Paul Gaustad left Tuesday after the second period with an upper body injury and didn't return.
Updated March 14, 2013