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Nashville
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38-29-11-4
Columbus
Blue Jackets
25-45-8-4

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Nashville Predators vs. Columbus Blue Jackets

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:50 AM

Associated Press

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Nashville Predators vs. Columbus Blue Jackets
Nashville Predators vs. Columbus Blue Jackets

GAME: Nashville Predators (27-21-7-2) at Columbus Blue Jackets (16-29-8-4).

TIME: Monday, 7 p.m. EST.

The Nashville Predators are learning just how important every point is in their quest for their first playoff berth.

The Predators will look to solidify their hold on the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference when they try for their sixth straight win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Nashville blew a third-period lead on Sunday before tying Edmonton 2-2.

"It's too bad that we lost one point," said winger Andreas Johansson, who had a power-play goal and an assist. "We have to learn how to finish teams off.

"There's no time to think about it, we go back at it tomorrow."

The Predators, who lead ninth-place St. Louis by one point in the Western standings, failed to make the playoffs in each of their first five seasons.

Nashville snapped a three-game losing streak with a 5-2 win over Washington on Friday with backup goalie Chris Mason in goal. Starter Tomas Vokoun, who is one win shy of matching his career high of 25, allowed 12 goals in losing all three games during the slide.

Vokoun, who stopped 27 shots on Sunday, has allowed three or more goals in six of his last eight starts.

Scott Walker, who has nine goals and 15 assists in his last 26 games, also scored a power-play goal against Edmonton, and defenseman Kimmo Timonen added an assist for his ninth point in nine games (one goal, eight assists).

The Predators, who have beaten Columbus four times this season, are 5-for-15 on the power play since the All-Star break.

The Blue Jackets are coming off Saturday's 2-1 overtime loss to San Jose - their third defeat in four games (1-2-0-1).

Marc Denis set a team record with 48 saves for Columbus, which had won its previous two at home. Geoff Sanderson scored the Blue Jackets' lone goal.

"We can't play like that. We played like a bunch of individuals tonight. It wasn't a team game," interim coach Gerard Gallant said.

2003-2004 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Mar 27 '04 CBJ 3 at NSH 2 - OT T. Wright
Feb 16 '04 NSH 2 at CBJ 4 J. Spacek
Jan 29 '04 NSH 6 at CBJ 4 S. Walker
Dec 04 '03 NSH 4 at CBJ 2 G. Johnson
Nov 26 '03 CBJ 2 at NSH 4 V. Orszagh
Oct 18 '03 CBJ 2 at NSH 3 G. Johnson
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