Three takeaways from Canucks satisfying 3-1 win over Nashville Predators

Jan 18, 2022; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Vancouver Canucks left wing Nils Hoglander (21) steals the puck from Nashville Predators center Nick Cousins (21) during the second period at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 18, 2022; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Vancouver Canucks left wing Nils Hoglander (21) steals the puck from Nashville Predators center Nick Cousins (21) during the second period at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Vancouver Canucks wrapped up their five-game road trip in Music City as they beat the Nashville Predators 3-1.

It was a good game to watch and both teams put their foot on the gas pedal for the entire game. The Canucks did give up the first goal which was unfortunately on the penalty kill. That was the fourth power play goal they have given up in three games.

Philip Tomasino’s shot went past a screened Thatcher Demko.

Special teams were a story throughout the Canucks road trip, particularly the power play. However, the power play woke up with two goals from Elias Pettersson in Sunday’s 4-2 win over the Washington Capitals. The power play went 1/5 in Nashville as Brock Boeser redirected J.T. Miller’s shot early in the third period.

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With the win, Vancouver’s record is now 18-18-3 with 39 points and they have passed the Edmonton Oilers in the standings. The Oilers have lost six straight games. The Canucks are five points behind the San Jose Sharks for the final wild-card spot.

On Tuesday morning, it was announced that Bo Horvat had entered the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol. He joins Jaroslav Halak and Conor Garland. So the Canucks will be without Horvat for at least five days.

Vancouver finished their road trip with a 2-3-0 record. That is not too bad considering the opponents they faced. Getting two wins after three tough losses is also big.

“Coming back in the last two games, especially when you’re missing some key components to your team, it was a big win,” said Canucks head coach Bruce Boudreau.

Here are three takeaways from the Canucks 3-1 win in Nashville.