Ryan Johansen collected his 50th assist of the season in the win and continues to lead the club in scoring with 62 points, followed by Roman Josi with 55 and Filip Forsberg with 46. Arvidsson's 32 goals pace the Preds, while Forsberg's 26 and Smith's are next in line. The Opposition:Columbus has won three-straight contests including a 6-2 victory over Montreal on Thursday. Over the past week, the Blues Jackets have outscored their opponents by a combined tally of 15-2.
m. CT ahead of tonight's 7 p. puck drop. Prior to the game, fans will have the opportunity to get autographs from and take photos with GNASH and his mascot friends from the Blues, Wild and Blackhawks in celebration of his birthday. Watch & Listen:Coverage for tonight's contest begins with Predators Live on Fox Sports Tennessee at 6:30 p. (CT).
Artemi Panarin leads the Jackets with 79 points, followed by Cam Atkinson with 66 and Pierre-Luc Dubois with 56. Atkinson has 39 goals on the season, Panarin has 27 and Josh Anderson has 26. Sergei Bobrovsky is 34-23-1 in net for Columbus. Video: Johansen, Smith talk Predators' recent successAll-Time Meetings:The Predators are 58-19-(1)-7 all-time against the Blue Jackets, including a 34-5-(1)-3 record at Bridgestone Arena. Nashville has won five of its last six against Columbus and seven of the last nine overall.
Nashville netminder Juuse Saros missed Friday's game due to illness; goaltender Troy Grosenick backed up Rinne in the win. Update: Preds Head Coach Peter Laviolette says defenseman Dante Fabbro will make his NHL debut tonight against Columbus. Video: Arvidsson, Rinne lead Predators to 3-1 winLast Time Out:Craig Smith, Viktor Arvidsson and P. K. Subban all tallied for Nashville in their victory over the Penguins with Rinne getting the win. Arvidsson's goal was his 32nd of the season to set a career high in the category, and Smith hit the 20-goal mark for the fifth time in his career, joining Filip Forsberg as the only other player in Preds history to score 20 in five different seasons.
How to Watch, Live Stream Blue Jackets vs. PredsNashville's final back-to-back set of the 2018-19 season concludes tonight as the Predators host the Columbus Blue Jackets at Bridgestone Arena. It's the second and final meeting between the two clubs; the Preds dropped a 4-3 decision in overtime to the Jackets back in January. The Predators are coming off of one of their more satisfying wins of the season, a 3-1 victory over the Penguins last night in Pittsburgh. Goaltender Pekka Rinne debuted some colorful new gear and stopped 42 shots in the process to give his club 94 points, good enough to tie Winnipeg for first in the Central Division. Today, the Predators will turn their attention to a desperate Columbus team who is eager to find a way to secure a playoff spot after securing the likes of Matt Duchene and Ryan Dzingel at the Trade Deadline.
Nashville posted a 17-game home winning streak against Columbus that spanned five seasons from 2006-11. In the Preds' 43 home games against the Blue Jackets, they've only lost five times in regulation, with two of those losses coming in the first three matchups between the two teams. Notables Versus Columbus:Filip Forsberg notched his fifth career hat trick on April 7, 2018, at Bridgestone Arena versus Columbus. He has six points (3g-3a) in 10 career meetings with the Blue Jackets. P. Subban has 15 points (3g-12a) in 16 career games against the Blue Jackets, including points in seven of his last nine meetings with Columbus (2g-9a). Video: Coach Laviolette confirms Fabbro's debutWhen You Go:Bridgestone Arena doors open at 5:30 p.
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