Posted January 18, 2013 on AP on Fox
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Ryan Suter's now in Minnesota and Jordin Tootoo is in Detroit. The Nashville Predators still have captain Shea Weber and goaltender Pekka Rinne, and their goals remain unchanged. Stanley Cup or bust. ''We've shown ourselves that we can play against anybody,'' Rinne said. ''And for sure it's going to be a tight schedule, quick season and you have to be ready from the beginning. And for sure, we're going to battle for the Cup.'' The Predators open Saturday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets looking for their eighth playoff berth in nine seasons, but expectations couldn't be higher after falling short in the Western Conference semifinals each of the past two years. Nashville fell short last season despite a handful of moves that included trading for defenseman Hal Gill and sending their 2012 first-round draft pick to Buffalo for Paul Gaustad. They even welcomed back Alexander Radulov four years after he bolted home to Russia ...
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