The win against the West’s worst has set up a must-see game against one of the West’s best.
In front of 14,310 at Bridgestone Arena, the Nashville Predators beat the Columbus Blue Jackets, 4-1.
Pekka Rinne finished with 25 saves — 16 of which came in the second period — for his eighth straight win, a new franchise record.
He is now 27-11-4 on the year.
Sitting with 62 points in the standings, if Nashville can beat the Chicago Blackhawks tomorrow night — and if the Blues lose to Steve Sullivan and the Pittsburgh Penguins — there would be a three-way tie for second place in the Central Division and fourth in the Western Conference.
As far as this game went, however, Nashville wasted no time getting things going. Early in the contest, Martin Erat picked Antoine Vermette‘s pocket deep in the Columbus zone. Mike Fisher then tucked the puck under the cross bar and past Steve Mason for the goal.
Jackets captain Rick Nash tied the game in the middle frame when he got in behind the Predators...