Nicklas Jensen and Eddie Lack to the rescue. Tell us you saw those knights in shining armor when this season began.

The Vancouver Canucks halted, for at least a day, the doomsday clock ticking on their National Hockey League season, beating the Nashville Predators 2-0 in a checkfest at Rogers Arena.

Jensen, the minor-league callup who has re-energized the stagnant Canucks, broke a goal-less stalemate at 6:06 of the third period as Vancouver collected the first of the nine or 10 wins – minimum – they need from their final 11 games to have a chance at making the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Lack, the rookie goalie who has struggled to adapt to being the new No. 1 since the trade two weeks ago of Roberto Luongo, made 30 saves for his second shutout.

Jensen, who has three goals in four games, collected Henrik Sedin's pass and zipped a shot past goalie Carter Hutton's glove from about 30 feet.

Only 73 seconds later, Alex Edler's unscreened point shot skipped past Hutton's left pad to double the lead and help the Canucks move within three points of the Phoenix Coyotes and the last playoff spot in the Western Conference.

For much of the first two periods, it looked like a lumberjack competition as the teams chopped and hacked the puck back and forth, unable to find space or a teammate. Two clean passes in a row were an achievement.

But there was no questioning either team's effort or determination; there was simply a lack of offensive skill and flair. And the way the teams play, forget about creativity.

For the first 30 minutes, the Canucks struggled to sustain any offensive-zone pressure against a Predator team that was blitzed 5-1 by the Edmonton Oilers the previous night.