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Game 32: Columbus @ Nashville – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW


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The Predators veterans were finally rewarded for their hard work ethic against the Calgary Flames. On a night where Nashville gave up what could have been two back-breaking short-handed goals, the Predators with the help of Mike Fisher (2 goals) and Martin Erat (1 goal, 2 assists) doused the Flames 5-3 to start a four game home-stand.

The Columbus Blue Jackets have been on the warpath as of late with Sergei Bobrovsky leading the way. The mere fact that the Predators even got three goals past him a few games back is an astonishing feat. Columbus is on the bubble of the eighth and final spot in the West with Nashville only two points behind. By beating the Flames 5-1 last night, Columbus has made it a twelve game point streak, the longest for the franchise (8-0-4).

Bobrovsky has been lights out in his last ten games with a record of 8-0-2 and allowing a total of 10 goals: three to Nashville. Vinny Prospal leads the Blue Jackets in points (18) and goals (9). Columbus used a multitude of weapons against Nashville in the 4-3 victory a few nights back with goals from Tyutin, Letestu, Nikitin and Brassard (two defensemen and two centermen). They took advantage by firing the puck on net and allowing the down-low forward to screen or make a play on his own and this proved to be the undoing for Nashville.

The Predators needed a wake-up call and got one from the leaders and veterans of the squad. Mike Fisher came out in a big way netting his eighth and ninth on the season with 2 goals against Calgary. Erat had a three-point night and had his first point since March 8th against Edmonton. Clune added another point to his improbable year so far on the Spaling tally and Brandon Yip was hooked up by Kevin Klein with a smooth pass breaking into the slot for the fifth goal of the night and his third of the season.

Pekka Rinne looked very good against Calgary aside from the soft first goal on the short-handed side from what looked to be a harmless slap-shot that hit his pads and still found some daylight behind him. If Rinne can clamp down along with the defense in front of him and Nashville can continue to get the much needed scoring help from their experienced players, Nashville might be able to right the ship and keep the wins and points coming until Hornqvist and Wilson can join the lineup. Victor Bartley finally got the monkey off his back with an assist on the Spaling goal and his play seems to be calming down and getting more offensively-minded like it was when he was selected as an All-Star from the Milwaukee Admirals.

Game time is at 7:00 P.M. Central and can be heard on 102.5 the Game and viewed locally on FS Tennessee. If you like what you’re reading or have questions/comments feel free to write us below or follow us on Twitter @Preducated and @ThePredatorial.


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