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It could have been easy for the Predators to overlook last night’s opponent, Columbus, with the game being sandwiched in between dates with rival Chicago. Predators teams in the past may have fallen into that trap of taking the Blue Jackets – dead-last in the NHL with 32 points – lightly with a crucial game just 24 hours away. However, this Predators team was focused on getting two points last night, and it showed in their 4-1 win over the Blue Jackets.“We go way back with the Blue Jackets,” goaltender Pekka Rinne said. “We have a rivalry and we know they’re going to come hard against us no matter what the situation is or their position in the standings.”Head coach Barry Trotz stressed that the Blue Jackets have given the Preds a tough push all season, despite his team winning the season series with a 5-0-1 mark. Four of the six games were decided by one goal, and the Preds needed a couple dramatic comebacks along the way.“This is the one game that wasn’t as close, in terms of t...
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