Nashville Predators @ Columbus Blue Jackets Preview: A Misfiring Cannon

This tells you all you need to know about Columbus.

[NHL.com] - [SB Nation] - [The Cannon]

6:00 PM CST | 102.9 FM | FS-TN

Note: I'm joining Willy Daunic for post-game analysis on 102.9 - Dirk

Ah, Columbus. Our favorite whipping boys. Their efforts are, in a word, cute. Always thinking they can hang with the big boys in the Central Division, and always falling short. The only team in the division to have won fewer playoff games than the Predators? Yep - Columbus. Over the course of both franchises' existence, the Predators are 42-13-1 against the Blue Jackets. That's correct - forty two, thirteen, and one. 

Since 2005-6, Columbus has received 124 power plays against Nashville. The Predators have killed off 112 of them, or over 90 percent, which would be by far good enough for the top penalty kill in the NHL this season. 

Additionally, multiple Predators have more points against the Blue Jackets in their respective careers than against any other team in the NHL, including Shea Weber, Martin Erat, Steve Sullivan, and Colin Wilson

Of course, all of this isn't to say that the Preds should take Columbus lightly; in fact, quite the opposite considering the Western Conference standings. The point is that the Predators, as usual, are better than the Blue Jackets, and walking away from Nationwide Arena with anything other than two points is thoroughly unacceptable.

Lineups after the jump.

Tonight's projected lineups: 

Pekka Rinne

#35 / Goalie / Nashville Predators

6-5

207

Nov 03, 1982

GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Pekka Rinne 42 2462 21 15 86 2.10 1228 1142 .930 4

Lines via Jeremy Gover, who tweeted them from yesterday's practice. They are, obviously, subject to change, especially the defense pairings.

Forwards
Svatos (Kostitsyn) - Fisher - Erat (A)
Sullivan (A) - Legwand - Hornqvist
Tootoo - Wilson - Dumont
Ward - Smithson - Spaling
Defense
Franson - Weber (C)
Klein - O'Brien
Sulzer - Belak

Steve Mason

#1 / Goalie / Columbus Blue Jackets

6-4

211

May 29, 1988

GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2010 - Steve Mason 38 2084 20 14 106 3.05 1098 992 .903 2
Forwards
Voracek - Vermette - Nash (C)
Calvert - Umberger - Huselius
Murray - Pahlsson - Clark
Moreau - MacKenzie - Boll
Defense
Stralman - Hejda
Tyutin - Methot
Clitsome - Russell
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