Predators @ Columbus Blue Jackets (Game 48): Preview

The Nashville Predators faceoff against the Columbus Blue Jackets for the final time as divisional opponents Saturday night in their season finales. Columbus looks to clinch a playoff spot with a win and some help, while Nashville wants to play spoiler. The Predators are 16-22-9 with 41 points and 14th in the Western Conference. The Blue Jackets are 9th in the West with 53 points and a record of 23-17-7. Puck drops at 6:08pm CT.

TV/Radio Coverage

Nashville: Fox Sports Tennessee and 102.5 The Game

Columbus: Fox Sports Ohio and 97.1 The Fan

Season Series

Date Away Home Result
1/19 CBJ NSH 3-2 CBJ SO
3/19 NSH CBJ 3-4 CBJ
3/23 CBJ NSH 2-5 NSH
4/4 CBJ NSH 3-1 CBJ

Line Up News

Starting Goaltenders:

Name W L OT GAA SV%
#30 Chris Mason 1 6 1 3.97 .852
#72 Sergei Bobrovsky 20 11 6 2.03 .931

Projected Nashville Scratches: #18 W Brandon Yip (lower body), #24 W Matt Halischuk (upper body), #28 C Paul Gaustad (shoulder), #56 W Taylor Beck (upper body) and #57 W Gabriel Bourque (knee); #33 C Colin Wilson (shoulder)

Projected Columbus Scratches: #6 D Nikita Nikitin (lower body), #9 C Colton Gillies and #11 W Matt Calvert 

Projected Lines

Nashville

#46 Kevin Henderson #11 David Legwand #9 Filip Forsberg
#15 Craig Smith #12 Mike Fisher #16 Rich Clune
#19 Bobby Butler #17 Chris Mueller #72 Joonas Rask
#50 Daniel Bang #13 Nick Spaling #74 Sergei Kostitsyn
#6 Shea Weber #59 Roman Josi
#7 Jon Blum #75 Hal Gill
#8 Kevin Klein #64 Victor Bartley
#30 Chris Mason
#35 Pekka Rinne

Columbus

#14 Blake Comeau #17 Brandon Dubinsky #13 Cam Atkinson
#22 Vinny Prospal #55 Mark Letestu #10 Marian Gaborik
#18 RJ Umberger #19 Ryan Johansen #71 Nick Foligno
#24 Derek McKenzie #42 Artem Anisimov #40 Jared Boll
#51 Fedor Tyutin #21 James Wisniewski
#7 Jack Johnson #47 Dalton Prout
#33 Adrian Aucoin #20 Tim Erixon
#72 Sergei Bobrovsky
#49 Michael Leighton

Quick Hits from the Predators

• Kevin Klein has eight points (2g-6a) in his last 17 outings. Prior to the current streak, Klein had posted just one point (1a) in his previous 20 games.

• Bobby Butler has four points (2g-2a) in his last four games.

• Victor Bartley has posted four assists in his last six games, topping his output from the first 17 games of his career (3a).

• Pekka Rinne enters the final day of the regular season ranked second in games played (43), tied for first in shutouts (5), and fourth in minutes (2,443:46).

Columbus Blue Jackets Players to Watch:

Name GP G A
#10 Marian Gaborik 46 12 14
#13 Cam Atkinson 34 8 8
#55 Mark Letestu 45 13 14

Who scores the first goal of the game for Predators? Win a Preds player t-shirt, info here.

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