- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 27, 2011

NASHVILLE, TENN. (AP) - The Nashville Predators get the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Vancouver Canucks in their first Western Conference semifinals.

No sweat. Nashville split the regular season series with the NHL’s best team and outscored the Canucks 4-2 in Vancouver.

Vancouver moved on after defeating the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks in overtime in Game 7 in the quarterfinal series Tuesday night.

After dismissing the Anaheim Ducks in six games, Nashville will be the more rested squad heading into the semifinal matchup with the Canucks. The Predators practiced in Nashville on Wednesday morning after learning who their opponent would be and then flew out for Vancouver with Game 1 set for Thursday night.