Nashville Predators: Sequels are rarely as good as the original

The Vancouver Canucks come calling tonight hoping to extend their win streak. A streak that started against the Nashville Predators.

The Matrix was a great movie. The Matrix Reloaded, not so much. Sylvester Stallone composed a great hit with Rocky, but Rocky II was not quite as good. The third movie was decent, and I still love Rocky IV. Let’s forget about Rocky V. The point is sequels rarely live up to the standard of the first film. Tonight, the Nashville Predators look to prove this theory.

The Canucks visit Bridgestone Arena tonight looking to continue their winning streak. Currently, they are winners of three in a row. Last time out, they defeated the Blue Jackets on the road, and gave St. Louis the Blues before that. The streak started with a win over the Predators on home ice. It wasn’t a great match for Nashville.

Sure, the Predators finished with more high-danger chances and a better CorsiFor rating, but they looked out of place on the ice that night. Colton Sissons, Ryan Hartman, and Matt Irwin tallied the Predators’ goal that evening, and Yannick Weber gained two primary assists. But, Elias Pettersson and company scored four goals in the first two periods, leaving the Predators in a hole they could not escape.

Tonight, the Predators host the Canucks looking to start a streak of their own. Nashville has won their last three home games, giving them a record of 12-5-0 at Bridgestone. With the challenges faced due to injury, the Predators have made the most of the weaker schedule on home ice. The Canucks have scored the same amount of goals as the Predators (98) but allowed 111 on the season.  Nashville will look to attack the net often. They may have a better line-up for just that. That could help this sequel not go as well as the original for the Canucks.

Projected Lineup

Earlier today, the Nashville Predators announced Eeli Tolvanen was returning to the Milwaukee Admirals. While this may be a bit of sad news, it means at least one Predators is close to returning from the Injured Reserve List. Take man would be Kyle Turris.

Forwards

Ryan Hartman – Ryan Johansen – Kevin Fiala

Calle Jarnkrok – Kyle Turris (IR) – Craig Smith

Colton Sissons – Nick Bonino – Austin Watson

Miikka Salomaki – Frederick Gaudreau – Rocco Grimaldi

Defense

Roman Josi – Ryan Ellis

Dan Hamhuis – Mattias Ekholm

Matt Irwin – Yannick Weber

Goaltenders

Pekka Rinne

Juuse Saros

Where to Watch

Tonight’s matchup between the Nashville Predators and the Canucks will air on Fox Sports Tennessee with puck drop just after 7:00 P.M. Central. You can also stream the action on the Fox Sports Go app or listen to the radio call on 102.5 The Game. Be sure to follow @Predlines on Twitter for live updates and commentary.