Game 72 Preview: Jackets Face Their Nemesis in Nashville

One of these days the Jackets can finally beat the Preds, right? Nashville has absolutely dominated Columbus for the past few seasons, and with Columbus'  depleted post-deadline lineup, it doesn't look like things will change tonight. The Dispatch is reporting that Derek Dorsett may be out of the lineup after getting banged up against Minnesota last night. Forward Trevor Frischmon was called up on an emergency basis. If Frischmon is in the lineup tonight, he'll be making his NHL debut.

Last night Claude Noel changed up the top six, putting Nash with Jake and Brass. Umby moved to a line with Vermette and Juice. The lines looked great together, especially Nasher's line. I look for them to start the game together again. Mase gets the start against Rinne tonight- these two goaltender's careers will always be intertwined. They both put up impressive rookie seasons last year, but Rinne has easily put up the better sophomore season.

Fearless Prediction: We'll see the line of Nash-Umberger-Voracek play together for most of the game.


Game Time: 8:00pm ET

Opponent's Blog: On the Forecheck

Game Page: Blue Jackets vs Predators coverage

TSN Preview: Blue Jackets vs Predators preview


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


More after the jump...


From the Columbus Dispatch:

The Blue Jackets have lost 13 straight (0-9-4) in Nashville, including two shootout losses this season. It's the longest current losing streak by one club against an opponent in the NHL. Blue Jackets interim coach Claude Noel worked in the Nashville organization before joining Columbus three seasons ago.

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

Rick Nash
Derick Brassard
Jakub Voracek
Kristian Huselius
Antoine Vermette
R.J. Umberger
Andrew Murray
Samuel Pahlsson
Chris Clark
Trevor Frischmon
Michael Blunden
Jared Boll


Fedor Tyutin Marc Methot
Mike Commodore
Kris Russell
Nathan Paetsch
Anton Stralman


Steve Mason
Mathieu Garon




INJURED/SICK: Derek MacKenzie, Derek Dorsett,  Jan Hejda, Rostislav Klesla



Nashville Predators

Colin Wilson
Jason Arnott
Martin Erat
Steve Sullivan
Marcel Goc
Patric Hornqvist
Jerred Smithson
David Legwand
Joel Ward
J.P. Dumont
Dustin Boyd
Jordin Tootoo


Ryan Suter
Shea Weber
Dan Hamhuis
Cody Franson
Kevin Klein
Francis Bouillon


Pekka Rinne
Dan Ellis
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