Originally posted on Fang Faction  |  Last updated 4/27/13
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% #35 Pekka Rinne 15 16 8 2.43 .910 #72 Sergei Bobrovsky           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), #11 W Matt Calvert and #42 C Artem Anisimov (questionable; upper body) 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 #35 Pekka Rinne #30 Chris Mason 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 #9 Colton Gillies #24 Derek MacKenzie #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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