Originally written on Inside Smashville  |  Last updated 2/20/12

OTTAWA - SEPTEMBER 19: Mike Fisher #12 of the Ottawa Senators celebrates a goal against the Montreal Canadiens with his teammates on the bench during a preseason game at Scotiabank Place on September 19, 2009 in Ottawa, Canada. (Photo by Phillip MacCallum/Getty Images)

Season Records

Vancouver Canucks  38-15-6

Nashville Predators  34-19-6


The Vancouver Canucks are on a four-game winning streak, but have accumulated points in their last 13 straight contests, as well as points in 18 of their last 20 games. It will be up to the Nashville Predators to try to stop that.

“We know how scary the Sedins are and Kesler is. We just need to play hard, play the body and get a good forecheck going,” Predators rookie Roman Josi said when asked about the key to beating the Canucks on Tuesday.

Beating the Canucks is never an easy task, and this season Vancouver plays at ease away from Rogers Arena. It will be a match-up of the best road team in the League battling one of the better home teams when the puck drops at Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday night.

“They are a good road team. They are the top road team in the League. They have comfort away from home. We are a good home team. That is the match-up. We have to beat them. We just need the points more than anything,” Head Coach Barry Trotz said.

It would be a big boost to the Predators if Mike Fisher returned to the lineup. Fisher has 10 goals and 9 assists since January 1st. He also leads the team in points at home with 25 points in 27 games, including 9 goals and 16 assists. The Predators are also nearly unbeatable when Fisher gets a point with a 19-2-3 record and have not lost in regulation when he scores. The Predators are 10-0-3 when Fisher tallies for Nashville.

According to Trotz, the Predators are close to having their two leading scorers return to the lineup.

Fisher, who missed Sunday night’s game in Dallas with the flu, could be ready to play Tuesday night. “Fisher should be fine for tomorrow,” Trotz said, adding, “Legwand was sick on our off day in Dallas and he recovered and played. They sit next to each other on the plane. I’m hoping that same effect that happened to Legwand will happen to Fisher.”

Patric Hornqvist, out with an upper-body injury, is skating and is, according to Trotz, “really day-to-day. He is just getting his legs back under him.” Trotz added that Hornqvist could be ready to play on Thursday.

Both Nashville and Vancouver are coming off of wins on Sunday. The Predators beat the Stars by a 3-2 score. Shea Weber picked up his 12th goal of the season when he scored on the power play with .01 seconds left on the clock in the second period. The Canucks beat Edmonton by a 5-2 score.

The Predators will play four teams at home in the next seven nights including the Canucks, St Louis on Thursday, San Jose on Saturday and Los Angeles on Monday before heading back out on the road.




Photo credit: AP

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