In their last meeting on November 22, Columbus may have played their best game of the year at both ends of the ice in a near perfect 2-0 win. Goals from Mike Commodore and Rick Nash were the offense and Steve Mason's shutout was all that was needed to beat the Preds.
Since the last game, Columbus beat the Islanders in overtime and lost both ends of a home and away series with Detroit, so they are disparately hoping to get back on track tonight.
The loss in Columbus was what started the Predators' four game losing streak that ended with last night's snoozer victory over the Coyotes.
Puck-Rakers gives us the following line up of what the Predators should expect in Columbus tonight which includes Steve Mason (8-7-0, 2,89, .913) going for his second shutout in a row against the Preds.
Luckily, the Predators should avoid having to see Boomer, the Jackets new phallic looking mascot, since he only comes out when the team wears their new third jerseys which may be the ugliest ones to have hit the streets yet.
After the game, the team will return to Nashville and prepare to play Carolina on Saturday night at the Bridgestone Arena.
Other Previews of the game come from Amanda DiPaolo, Preds.com, and Chris Burton.
Previews from the other side comes from the Columbus Dispatch, The Dark Blue Jacket, and The Cannon.
Here is our game story from last night with post game videos.
Bryan Mullen has the game story at the Tennessean. Josh Cooper had notes, quotes, and postgame ponderings.
Jim Diamond explains what a schmozzle actually is and it does fit what he Preds power play looked like late in the game.
David Boclair has his story at The City Paper with a focus on Marty Erat's two consecutive penalty draws in the second period..
From the blog world reports come from Ryan Porth, Amanda DiPaolo, Mark Willoughby, Chris Burton, Jeremy Gover, AJ at PMFF, and Hockey Night in Nashville.
For a look back at the game from the Coyote's side, check out Arizona Vibe, Five for Howling, Coyotes Examiner, the Arizona Republic, and the Coyotes Aggregator.
RLD Hockey Radio...
Ryan Porth's RLD Hockey Radio yesterday was an excellent show. Justin Bourne had great insight into several hot topics around the league. Will DePaoli from Inside Pittsburgh Sports. brought us up to date on everything surrounding the Penguins and Adam Jahns from the Chicago Sun Times discussed the Blackhawks and where they may be headed.
In Pred Nation...
Josh Cooper pointed out before last night's game that Pekka Rinne has started every game but one in November. He also caught up with ex-Pred Scottie Upshall to get his Nashville memories.
Predators.com has their latest Admirals update.
Around the NHL...
A day after being involved in a much discussed play against the Rangers, Sidney Crosby was named MacLean's Man of the Year.
HHOF member Jim Kelley died at the young age of 61 yesterday from pancreatic cancer. He was still writing up until his passing. He will be missed.
Colorado has been active in trades this week with another one where they sent Scott Hannan to the Caps in exchange for Tomas Fleischmann.
Ken Campbell of The Hockey News reported yesterday that Terry Pegula has signed a letter of intent to buy the Buffalo Sabres for about $150 million. The Buffalo camp denied the story.
The Star is reporting that Rogers is possibly buying a majority ownership in the Leaf's empire.
View From My Seats takes a look at the NHL wheel of justice with an historical perspective.
Elliotte Friedman s thirty thoughts are always worth reading.
One of the worst possible outcomes at a funeral is to be robbed during the service and that is what happened to Pat Burn's family. Whoever did this should be crucified on national television.
The number of games played by each team in the NHL has really distorted the standings picture. Chicago has played five more games than Detroit for example. Ryan Porth projects the standings at the current pace over 82 games to give a clearer picture. Ryan also applies the Olympic point system to the current standings.
I knew Chris was in the War room Monday night so I was waiting for this: @reporterchris: I was in the NHL video room last night and they watched several Crosby-Callahan replays. Consensus seemed to be no slew foot. Our friend @Ozman51 labled yesterday "slew foot Tuesday" and it certainly live up to the billing in the media and on Twitter.
Also from @reporterchris: #leafs backup Reimer just got his new mask. It features Don Cherry and Ron MacLean on the side. This made Amanda DiPaolo's day as she responded OMG that is way awesome. Legit national treasure for representing our broadcasting treasures.
Puck Daddy does a Movember wrap with his top ten Mo's of the month.
Intent To Blow got to the bottom of the Crosby slew foot allegation and it is Alexander Ovechkin's fault.
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass