For years games between the Nashville Predators and Columbus Blue Jackets have meant very little to either team. In the beginning of this division rivalry the games resembled more of a fairgrounds wrestling night than a hockey game. Both teams lacked talent but made up for it with gritty players who were not afraid to drop the gloves. The Preds took many of the early games thanks to goaltending and not talent up front...but times have changed.
Tonight the Preds find themselves looking up in the standings at the Blue Jackets. Columbus sits in 10th place with 56 points while the Preds sit in 11th with 55...both sitting just on the outside of that number eight spot looking in. Right now each and every point is critical and both teams know that.
Ken Hitchcock will have his team ready for tonight and I can expect the same from Trotzy. Even though the talent level has gone up on both of these teams from the eraly days the physical nature of the games has remained in tact. While we may not see several fights chances are someone will drop the gloves. The BJ's shipped off Jody Shelly to San Jose this week leaving Jared Boll to be voted as 'most likely to drop his gloves.'
The Preds should have David Legwand and Darcey Hordichuk available tonight. Hordi's presence is always welcome against Columbus and Legwand will help get 2nd line back on track. I know some Pred fans want Leggy gone but the fact reamins that he has turned into one of the best defensive forwards in the game. Yes i would love to see that scoring touch that he displayed in his youth a bit more but he is a solid two way player for us and we are better when he plays.
Gametime 7pm with coverage on the 104.5 The Zone and FSN.