Nashville 2, Vancouver 1

Thursday, January 23, 2014 10:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Nashville 23-22-2-5 13-11-1-3 10-11-1-2 W2
Vancouver 26-17-3-6 13-7-2-3 13-10-1-3 L1


Predators 2, Canucks 1: Nick Spaling scored the game-winning goal with just under 7 1/2 minutes to play in the third period after assisting on the tying tally as visiting Nashville won for the fourth time in five games.

Craig Smith scored early in the final session and Carter Hutton turned aside 33 shots to win his fourth consecutive start as the Predators halted a four-game losing streak at the hands of Vancouver.

Chris Higgins scored the lone goal for the Canucks, who lost for the ninth time in 12 games (3-6-3). Roberto Luongo, who beat Nashville four times in the past year, made 24 saves but couldn't protect the one-goal lead entering the final 20 minutes.

Vancouver dominated the opening period with a 13-7 advantage in shots but couldn't break the scoreless deadlock until just before the midway point of the middle session. Dale Weise threw a shot at the net from the right point and Higgins stuck out his stick to deftly tip it past Hutton at 9:09.

The Predators pulled even at 3:28 of the third, when Spaling skated behind the net and fed Smith for a one-timer from the right faceoff dot, before going ahead just under nine minutes later as Spaling deflected rookie defenseman Seth Jones' straight-on blast during a power play with 7:22 remaining. Hutton preserved the lead by denying Higgins on a breakaway.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Canucks captain Henrik Sedin (ribs) sat out his second straight contest after having his 679-game ironman streak halted ... Predators D Michael Del Zotto, acquired from the New York Rangers on Wednesday, was paired with Jones in his Nashville debut. ... The Canucks will sign veteran F Vinny Prospal to an American League tryout. Prospal, who will turn 39 next month, had 12 goals and 30 points with Columbus last season and has played under suspended Vancouver coach John Tortorella with both Tampa Bay and the New York Rangers.

Top Game Performances

Nashville   Vancouver
Nick Spaling 2 Points Chris Higgins 1
Nick Spaling 1 Goals Chris Higgins 1
Nick Spaling 1 Assists Christopher Tanev 1
Nick Spaling 1 Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Carter Hutton .971 Save Percentage Roberto Luongo .923
Carter Hutton 33 Saves Roberto Luongo 24

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Nashville 26 2 1-3 5-5 15 18
Vancouver 34 1 0-5 2-3 11 29

Upcoming Games

  • Vancouver will play its next game at home against Arizona. The Canucks have a W/L % of .556 after a win and .440 after a loss.
  • Nashville will play its next game on the road against Calgary. The Predators have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .400 after a loss.
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