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Game 55 Preview: Jackets take on the Preds

Ah the Preds. A team the Jackets have had a hard time with, seemingly forever. They face them tonight at home, with Steve Mason going up against Pekka Rinne in a battle of sophomore goaltenders. The Preds are in the midst of a small losing streak (relatively speaking, anyway) and this would be a good opportunity to stick it to them.

The Dispatch reports that Jakub Voracek should return tonight, and should take his usual spot on the right side of the second line. The rest of the lines remain the same. I can't see any reason why this game would be different from any game against the Preds, it should be intense with a lot of physical play and timely scoring.

Fearless Prediction: Derek Dorsett fights Tootoo.

Game Time: 7:00pm ET

Opponent's Blog: On the Forecheck

Game Page: Predators vs Blue Jackets coverage

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TV: FSN

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

More after the jump...

From the Columbus Dispatch:

Nashville has won the past five meetings, although four went beyond regulation, three to shootouts. The Predators have lost three in a row for only the second time since Oct. 21.

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

Kristian Huselius
Antoine Vermette
Rick Nash
R.J. Umberger
Derick Brassard
Jakub Voracek
Fredrik Modin
Samuel Pahlsson
Chris Clark
Raffi Torres
Derek Dorsett
Jared Boll

Fedor Tyutin Anton Stralman
Milan Jurcina
Kris Russell
Jan Hejda
Mike Commodore

Steve Mason
Mathieu Garon

EXTRA: Andrew Murray, Mathieu Roy

INJURED: Marc Methot, Rostislav Klesla

Nashville Predators

Steve Sullivan
Jason Arnott
Patric Hornqvist
Jerred Smithson
David Legwand
Martin Erat
Ryan Jones
Cal O'Reilly
J.P. Dumont
Wade Belak
Nick Spaling
Jordin Tootoo

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

Pekka Rinne
Dan Ellis