Game 33 Preview: Jackets in tough against the Preds

Every year I always seem to say this: those damned Preds! Nashville comes to town for the first time this season, after going 2-0 so far against the Jackets in Nashville. The Jackets have dug themselves in a hole whereby they have to win games from here out, plain and simple. They play in the best division in hockey so intra-division games are crucial.

Some lineup changes of note- Chimmer moves up with Vermmy and Nasher, and there's a new line of Modin, Brass and Torres. That one sounds interesting, a little bit of everything. With Dorsett out with a broken hand, Murray goes back into the lineup on the checking unit with Sammy and Boller. Mase gets the start against Rinne. 

I can't stress the importance of these games. The Jackets desperately need to go on a winning streak, why not start tonight?


Fearless Prediction: A win, please.


Game Time: 7:00pm ET

Opponent's Blog: On the Forecheck

Game Page: Predators vs Blue Jackets Coverage

TSN Preview: Predators vs Blue Jackets Preview

TV: FSN Ohio

Radio: WBNS-AM (1460); WWCD-FM (101.1)


More after the jump...


From the Columbus Dispatch:

A meeting of polar opposites: The Blue Jackets are a skilled club that lacks resiliency and on-ice cohesion; the Predators make up for a lack of high-end talent with immense resolve. The previous two meetings, both in Nashville, ended in 4-3 shootout wins for the Predators. The Blue Jackets won all three meetings in Nationwide Arena last season.


Jackets Links:

Columbus Blue Jackets / Columbus Blue Jackets Schedule

Columbus Blue Jackets Roster / Columbus Blue Jackets Stats


Here are the lineups for tonight's tilt:

Columbus Blue Jackets

Jason Chimera
Antoine Vermette
Rick Nash
Kristian Huselius
R.J. Umberger
Jakub Voracek
Andrew Murray Samuel Pahlsson
Jared Boll
Fredrik Modin
Derick Brassard
Raffi Torres


Fedor Tyutin Anton Stralman
Mike Commodore
Jan Hejda
Kris Russell
Marc Methot


Steve Mason
Mathieu Garon


EXTRA: Michael Blunden, Mathieu Roy


INJURED: Rostislav Klesla, Derek Dorsett



Nashville Predators

Steve Sullivan
Jason Arnott
Martin Erat
Jerred Smithson
David Legwand
Joel Ward
Patric Hornqvist
Marcel Goc
J.P. Dumont
Wade Belak
Dave Scatchard
Ryan Jones


Shea Weber
Ryan Suter
Dan Hamhuis
Kevin Klein
Alexander Sulzer
Francis Bouillon


Pekka Rinne
Dan Ellis


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