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
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Radio: WBNS-AM (1460); WWCD-FM (101.1)
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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.
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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|
|EXTRA: Andrew Murray, Mathieu Roy|
|INJURED: Marc Methot, Rostislav Klesla|
|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|