Vancouver Canucks vs. Nashville Predators - 3/19/14
Nashville Predators (29-29-10) at Vancouver Canucks (31-30-10)
NHL Hockey: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 10:00 pm (Rogers Arena)
The Line: Vancouver Canucks -152 / Nashville Predators +138 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Predators look to shake off an ugly loss in Edmonton last night as they head to Vancouver to take no a desperate Canucks team.
The Predators were a longshot to make the Western Conference playoffs heading into action this week but after their embarrassing loss at the hands of the basement dwelling Oilers it is almost a certainty that the Preds will be on the outside looking in. Nashville is a team in transition as they have been gutted over the last two seasons with a number of key players either getting dealt, signing as a free agent somewhere else, or leaving the NHL entirely. The Predators did retain one of the game’s best blueliners in Shea Weber and have a strong goaltender in Pekka Rinne but at the moment that is about it and the Preds will have to do a ton of work in the offseason if they want to get back to respectability. They don’t have any superstars in the offensive zone and continue to struggle to score a goal which was acceptable a couple years back when they could shut anyone night on any day of the week.
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The Canucks have suffered a similar fate to the Predators but it has come in the last month or so and the break down of this franchise is happening before our eyes. It started last season with the goaltending controversy with Roberto Luongo and Corey Schneider that ultimately led to the trade of the latter to New Jersey with Luongo retaining the starter’s role. Fast forward a year and the Canucks sent Luongo to the Panthers in exchange for Jakob Markstrom and Shawn Matthias and had rumors of moving Ryan Kesler all the while the team was imploding on the ice. Vancouver has looked awful in the last three weeks or so but are still alive in the Western Conference playoff picture but it remains bleak for them unless they can get their act together and fast. This is the perfect opportunity for the Canucks to take out their frustrations as they get a Preds team who was beaten up last night and will be forced to start Carter Hutton who was supposed to be getting rested for tonight instead had to come in for Rinne against the Oilers. If Vancouver can’t win here they should pack it in for the rest of the season.