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The Jackets ice almost all of their starting lineup. Please keep them healthy!

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Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Nashville Predators

Saturday, October 3, 2015 - 7:00 PM EDT
Nationwide Arena - Columbus, Ohio
Radio: WBNS 1460 AM
Opponent's Blog - On the Forecheck

After last season's training camp which saw several serious injuries either re-appear or pop up, the Jackets have been pretty fortunate this camp. There have been a few injuries, but thankfully not to the key guys who missed time last season.

/furiously knocks on all wooden objects within reach

The Jackets played basically all of their kids last night in Buffalo, and look to roll out almost an entire starting roster tonight at home. There are a couple of notable absences: Ryan Murray (I'm totally OK with him sitting tonight), Matt Calvert (who played last night), and David Clarkson (no idea if he's nicked up, or if Boll has really overtaken him). Other than that, this is probably what you're going to see next weekend when the games start to count.

After a bumpy start to the exhibition season last week, the Jackets have been lights-out for almost all of the last three games, though you'd like to see them exhibit some killer instinct after watching the kids almost blow a 5-0 lead last night (albeit against a roster full of NHL regulars). The Jackets' offense over the past week has scored in bunches and in waves, with the new look top line carrying the mail especially well.

Don't think the Predators have forgotten Tuesday's beat-down where Saad--Joey--Fligs dropped four goals and five assists on them. It's their final exhibition game, too, so expect them to bring their full lineup.

Projected Lineups

Columbus Blue Jackets 
('13-'14: 42-35-5, 89 Points; 5th division, 11th conference)

Brandon Saad Ryan Johansen Nick Foligno
Boone Jenner Brandon Dubinsky Rene Bourque
Scott Hartnell Alexander Wennberg Cam Atkinson
William Karlsson Gregory Campbell Jared Boll
Justin Falk David Savard
Fedor Tyutin Jack Johnson
Kevin Connauton Dalton Prout
Sergei Bobrovsky
Curtis McElhinney

Nashville Predators
('13-'14: 47-25-10, 104 Points; 2nd Division, 3rd Conference)

(Note: This is the lineup from their Friday practice, per their team website. Subject to change, of course.)

Filip Forsberg Mike Ribeiro James Neal
Viktor Arvidsson Mike Fisher Craig Smith
Colin Wilson Cody Hodgson Calle Jarnkrok
Eric Nystrom Paul Gaustad Gabriel Bourque
Roman Josi Shea Weber
Mattias Ekholm Ryan Ellis
Barret Jackman Seth Jones
Pekka Rinne
Carter Hutton