Game Preview #48 - Hopefully Not The Last, Certainly Not The Least

The Blue Jackets close out the regular season against Nashville, and then take to the TV for some scoreboard watching.

Nashville Predators at Columbus Blue Jackets

April 27, 2013 - 7:00pm EDT
Nationwide Arena - Columbus, Ohio
Radio - WBNS 97.1 - TV - Fox Sports Ohio
Opponents Blog: On the Forecheck
SBNation Game Page
Tickets (yes, there are some available here)

Well, folks, here it is. This is for the most of the whole magilla. The Jackets got a pretty huge gift from Edmonton last night, and saw the cracked-open playoff door get pushed open just a bit wider. But, no scoreboard watching just yet; there's still one last bit of business to take care of.

The Jackets finish off the regular season at home tonight against a skidding Nashville squad, battling injuries and general not-giving-a-shit-ness since the trade deadline. In fact, the Jackets' first post-deadline game was against Nashville, and since that time--including that game--the Preds have gone just 1-8-1.

In short, there's a good chance that our opponents may be looking forward to getting home and moving on to their summer vacations. Also, they've decided to start Chris Mason tonight, so that should be a big boost for us.

That said, much like Jason Vorhees, you never count on these Predators being dead. Better to be safe than sorry. And, if the Jackets saw the standings this morning and aren't completely jacked and ready for this game, I don't know what it would take.

So, here it is. There's a legit chance, here, people. A win tonight combined with either a loss (of any kind) for Minnesota and/or a regulation loss for Detroit, and WE'RE PRINTING PLAYOFF TICKETS.

No matter what happens, if you're fortunate enough to be in The Nat tonight, let these guys know what you think. Let them hear how awesome the last two months have been. Let them know the LUMBUS IS A F**KING HOCKEY TOWN!

Projected Lineups

Columbus Blue Jackets
(23-17-7, 53 Points; 4th division, 9th conference)

Vinny Prospal Mark Letestu Marian Gaborik
R.J. Umberger Ryan Johansen Nick Foligno
Blake Comeau Brandon Dubinsky Cam Atkinson
Colton Gillies Derek MacKenzie Jared Boll
Fedor Tyutin James Wisniewski
Dalton Prout Jack Johnson
Tim Erixon Adrian Aucoin
Sergei Bobrovsky
Michael Leighton

Nashville Predators
(16-22-9, 41 Points; 5th Division, 14th Conference)

Daniel Bang David Legwand Mike Fisher
Sergei Kostitsyn Nick Spaling Filip Forsberg
Rich Clune Craig Smith Kevin Henderson
Bobby Butler Chris Mueller Joonas Rask
Roman Josi Shea Weber
Hal Gill Kevin Klein
Victor Bartley Jonathon Blum
Chris Mason
Pekka Rinne

Season Series

01/19/13 - Columbus 3 at Nashville 2 - SO
03/19/13 - Nashville 3 at Columbus 4
03/23/13 - Columbus 2 at Nashville 5
04/04/13 - Columbus 3 at Nashville 1
04/27/13 - Nashville at Columbus

Head to Head

Nashville Columbus
2.30 (29) GPG 2.38 (26)
2.77 (20) GAPG 2.43 (11)
17.1% (18) PP% 13.7% (30)
75.9% (29) PK% 82.6% (11)
David Legwand, 12 G leader Mark Letestu, 13
Shea Weber, 19 A leader Fedor Tyutin, 18
Shea Weber, 27 Pts leader Vinny Prospal, 29
Richard Clune, 111 PIM leader Jared Boll, 100
5-13-5 Road/Home 13-5-5
4/25 @ Detroit, L 5-2 Last Game 4/25 @ Dallas, W 3-1
1-8-1 Last 10 7-3-0

Game Notes

  • Chris Mason has played in 10 games this year. He has a 3.97 gaa. He has a .852 sv%.
  • Detroit at Dallas starts at 7:00 as well, and Minnesota at Colorado starts at 7:30. We'll be linking up to game pages and game threads willy-nilly in our game thread, so you can do all of your scoreboard watching in one place.
  • How nice is it that we're at home, and the other teams we need to lose are on the road? Every little bit helps./

This is it folks. Win or lose, make sure you let the boys know how you feel at the arena tonight!

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