It’s been a whirlwind weekend for the Nashville Predators. Two essential wins towards the formidable Los Angeles Kings and the bullying Anaheim Geese have the Predators jetting off to Ohio for a contest towards the Columbus Blue Jackets.
In one otherought to we even be stunned” three-way commerce by GM David Poile, Nashville despatched gifted rookie defenseman Samuel Girard and ahead Vladislav Kamenev to Colorado. Former Av Matt Duchene is off to Ottawa, and Nashville gained a strong and productive heart Kyle Turris.
Can all these items be put collectively for an additional Cup run? Solely time will inform. First, the Predators should face the Blue Jackets.
Final season, the Predators received each contests towards the Blue Jackets.

The Columbus Blue Jackets

Fact be informed, the Blue Jackets are my favourite Metro group for a lot of causes. Just like the Predators, they're perennial underdogs. Nevertheless, the time to jot down CBJ off as a straightforward win is lengthy gone. Final season’s first spherical playoff collection towards Pittsburgh was a gritty battle.
Columbus is in first place within the Metro division. They're 9-Four-1 and can face the Predators after a contest towards the New York Rangers Monday night at Madison Sq. Backyard. Columbus is rolling alongside at a pleasant tempo this 12 months and is most undoubtedly within the dialog for the playoffs.
Since we solely see Columbus twice a 12 months, it’s useful to take a look at their roster and focus on their impression gamers.
In purpose, CBJ has reigning Vezina winner Sergei Bobrovsky. He’s backed up by Joonas Korpisalo.
The Blue Jackets have been concerned within the large summer time commerce from Chicago that noticed Brandon Saad head again to the Hawks in alternate for Artemi Panarin. Panarin has one purpose and 10 assists this season. He’s a puck-feeding machine.
Ahead Cam Atkinson is day-to-day on IR, and Matt Calvert can also be out with an upper-body damage. Lukas Sedlak is sidelined by an ankle damage, and out of the blue the Blue Jackets are somewhat jumbled on their traces.
Younger Tyler Motte was a part of the Panarin commerce this summer time, and the winger was lately recalled from Cleveland to fill Atkinson’s spot. He scored towards the Jackets’ outing towards the Florida Panthers late final week.
The defensive unit for Columbus is highlighted by younger stars like Zach Werenski and Seth Jones. We all know rather a lot about Seth Jones. Werenski, like Jones, is a younger however expert defenseman who has a excessive ceiling. He has 4 targets and 5 assists this season.
After squaring off towards the struggling Rangers, what sort of Columbus group will Nashville see on the second half of a back-to-back?

The Nashville Predators

Nonetheless reeling from a 3rd large commerce in two years, Predators followers can not assist however be ecstatic over the addition of a 2C in former Senator Kyle Turris. This boosts the middle depth with guys like Nick Bonino (IR), Colton Sissons, Frederick Gaudreau, Calle Jarnkrok, and plenty of extra in Milwaukee (Emil Petterson, Cody Bass, Yakov Trenin, and Tyler Moy to call a couple of).
To get Turris, the Predators accomplished a three-way deal that sends Kamenev and Girard to Colorado. It’s possible Girard will instantly play for the Avs, and Kamenev has the abilities to right away placed on an Avalanche jersey too.
They'll most actually be missed in Nashville, however realistically, the depth at heart and protection makes it extremely troublesome for both Girard or Kamenev to discover a everlasting spot on the Predators roster. I want nothing however the perfect for these younger and gifted gamers.
The final outing for our boys in gold towards the Kings was a blended bag. Some massive saves by Juuse Saros most actually boosted the arrogance of the youthful Finnish goaltender. Essential targets by Craig Smith, Mikka Salomaki, and PK Subban put the Predators on high, however one other blown lead meant that time beyond regulation can be required to settle the rating.
Viktor Arvidsson scored an unimaginable breakaway purpose on Darcy Kuemper and the Preds got here out with a win.
How will Coach Laviolette shuffle his traces to maximise scoring tonight? This sport may both be a scoring fest or a defensive chess match. I really feel like most Predators followers want to see some regular scoring that doesn’t lead to a nail-biting end.
The latest experiences have Turris reporting to Nashville someday this week, moderately than becoming a member of the Predators in Columbus. He's anticipated to be unavailable due to some immigration points. He must be donning #eight for the Predators on Saturday towards the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Tonight, the Predators are looking for one other win to shut out their highway journey with 6 factors in eight video games. As we noticed towards the Kings, depth scoring might be essential to a victory in Columbus.
Personally, I believe it’s about time for Kevin Fiala to attain some targets. Will tonight be the night time?

Reasons to Watch

  • Hello Seth Jones. I bear in mind when Nashville traded one other gifted defenseman for a top-line heart. Jones is perhaps having flashbacks.
  • Bobrovsky and Rinne are nearly all the time Vezina candidates when wholesome. Tonight might be a goalie showcase.
  • Weeknight hockey is among the major causes I survive the work week.
  • CBJ has a cannon. Let’s not permit them to shoot it, okay?

Tonight’s Theme Music

Selecting a theme track for tonight’s was somewhat troublesome amidst the Turris commerce response, so I chosen two songs.
The primary track is in honor of Vlad Kamenev and Sam Girard and their futures in Colorado: “You’re Gonna Go Far, Child” by The Offspring.
The second track for tonight’s sport is “Nation Roads, Take Me Residence” by John Denver. The Predators can seize a giant highway win tonight and head on residence to Nashville for the comforts of residence.
Kyle Turris talked about in his cellphone interview that he was very enthusiastic about coming to Nashville and that he’s heard a whole lot of good issues about our beloved Music Metropolis. As a local Nashvillian, I don’t assume there’s a significantly better place to decide on to play hockey.

Easy methods to Watch

As all the time, you possibly can catch the Predators on Fox Sports activities-TN tonight on the very affordable hour of 6 pm. You may as well tune into 102.5 The Sport.