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PREDATORS (10-8-5) at BLUE JACKETS (14-8-0)
TV -- FS-Tennessee; FS-Ohio
Last 10 -- Nashville 5-3-2; Columbus 6-4-0
Season series -- It's the second meeting of the season between the Central Division rivals. The Predators came to Nationwide Arena on Nov. 22 and left with a 2-0 loss as Steve Mason stopped 27 shots.
Big story -- The Predators come to town on an upswing after a 3-0 victory at home against Phoenix on Tuesday ended a four-game losing streak. The Blue Jackets have had a couple of days off to get over the disappointment of a home-and-home sweep at the hands of the Red Wings, who won 2-1 at Columbus on Friday and 4-2 at Detroit on Sunday.
Predators -- A four-game losing streak has dropped Nashville out of the top eight in the West, so beating Phoenix at home wasn't just a luxury -- it was a necessity.
"We had a desperation in our game tonight," goaltender Pekka Rinne said. "The penalty killing did a good job. The power play did a good job. All of the areas we have been practicing have improved.
Blue Jackets -- The Jackets are off to the best start in their history -- no thanks to the power play. They spent a lot of Tuesday's practice working to improve on the NHL's 28th-ranked power play. They'll also have to get over their hangover after the disappointing weekend against Detroit.
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"If we skate, we can hang with these guys," Blue Jackets defenseman Mike Commodore said after Sunday's loss. "If we stop and we watch, we're in trouble. But that's like any team against Detroit. A lot of times teams do that and it's a result of the way Detroit is playing, the way they move and control the puck."
Who's hot -- Rinne has allowed just one non-shootout goal on 57 shots in Nashville's last two games. … Columbus center R.J. Umberger has a nine-game points streak, matching the club record held by Rick Nash and Andrew Cassels.
Injury report -- Nashville center David Legwand (lower body) missed his sixth game on Tuesday. He hopes to be back by the end of the week. … Columbus defenseman Mark Methot (upper body) is day-to-day but didn't practice Tuesday. Forward Kristian Huselius is out for at least another 2-3 weeks with a high ankle sprain, but Ethan Moreau (broken hand) may return Wednesday.
Stat pack -- Nashville captain Shea Weber's goal on Tuesday was his 175th career point. He is tied with Marek Zidlicky for second in Nashville history for points by a defenseman. … Though they came into the NHL just a year apart, the Predators have dominated the series between the teams. The Jackets are 17-32-9 all-time vs. Nashville, including 13-13-3 at home.
Puck drop -- The Jackets have had a couple of days off to regroup after the losses to Detroit, while the Predators come to Columbus after playing Tuesday. The Jackets have never fared well against Nashville -- and if they want to prove they're for real, this is the type of game they have to win.