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Ryan Johansen's first game back in Columbus didn't led to any special mention from the Blue Jackets.

"I was a little disappointed they didn't put anything on the (scoreboard) to say thank you or anything like that," Johansen said. "I think we all know who made that call, but whatever." Johansen played in 309 games with Columbus over four-plus seasons. At one time it looked like he was going to play a major role with the Blue Jackets for many years to come, but that changed about a year ago when they dealt him to Nashville in exchange for Seth Jones.
Feb 20 - 9:21 AM

Juuse Saros made 35 saves and the Nashville Predators took down Columbus 4-3 on Sunday night.

It took a complete team effort from the Predators to earn the two points. Four different Predators found the net, James Neal and P.K. Subban has two helpers each and Saros came through with his first win in a month. The 21-year-old Finn is now 6-5-2 this season with a 2.17 goals against average and .931 save percentage.
Feb 19 - 11:41 PM

James Neal pitched in two assists in Nashville's 4-3 win over the Blue Jackets on Sunday.

It took a team effort as four different Predators scored on the road to victory. Neal now has five points in his last three games and 17 goals with 29 points in 49 games this year.
Feb 19 - 11:30 PM

Harry Zolnierczyk, Brad Hunt and Anthony Bitetto will be scratched against Columbus on Sunday.

Through 17 games this season Zolnierczyk has posted three points with eight PIMs and 17 hits. Bitetto has also posted three points with 15 PIMs and 24 hits in 18 games.
Source: NHL.com
Feb 19 - 5:55 PM

Juuse Saros will be tabbed to defend Nashville's net against Columbus on Sunday.

Through a dozen starts this season Saros has posted a 5-5-2 with a shutout, a 2.09 GAA and a .933 save percentage. Mighty impressive to say the least.
Feb 19 - 5:38 PM

Don't be surprised if Juuse Saros gets the start Sunday evening against Columbus.

Pekka Rinne started and lost Saturday night against the Wild and Preds' coach Peter Laviolette may choose to rest him against Columbus. Check back with us closer to game time.
Feb 19 - 12:10 PM

P.K. Subban scored his first goal since December 6th Saturday night in the Predators' 5-2 loss to Minnesota.

Wow! Has it been that long? We recognize there was some missed time due to injury, but that is sure not the type of output the Preds were hoping for when they traded for Subban. Now that he has the monkey off his back, Subban will go on a bit of a run.
Feb 19 - 12:07 PM

Ryan Johansen will return to Columbus for the first time since he was dealt from the Blue Jackets to Nashville.

The trade for Seth Jones was completed on January 6, 2016 and while the two teams have met in Nashville since the deal, this will be the first time Johansen will return to the city that drafted him fourth overall in 2010. Johansen has 31 assists this season after 45 and 46 helpers in the last two years respectively but has found the back of the net only nine times this season. He should be started in most pools but like most Predators this season, he has struggled to score.
Feb 19 - 5:41 AM

Pekka Rinne was picked apart by the Wild Saturday night, giving up four goals in a 5-2 loss.

The fifth goal of the night went into an empty net. Rinne fell behind early with a goal to Mikael Granlund at 2:38 in the first. Jason Zucker scored his first of two on the night at 17:00 in the second, and Mikko Koivu added to the tally 35 seconds into the third. Despite the loss, Rinne still has a solid record of 22-15-6.
Feb 19 - 12:44 AM

Colin Wilson had a piece of both Predator goals Saturday night as they lost a 5-2 contest to the Wild.

The Predators were trailing 3-0 when Wilson finally got them on the board 8:16 into the third. P.K. Subban scored a little more than two minutes later with a helper by Wilson and drew the Preds to within one. Notably, these were the eighth goals of the season for both Wilson and Subban.
Feb 18 - 11:46 PM

Anthony Bitetto and Brad Hunt will be scratched from Saturday's match with the Wild.

Hunt has yet to dress for the Predators. Bitetto meanwhile has posted three points with 16 blocks and 24 hits in 18 games.
Feb 18 - 5:41 PM

Kevin Fiala was summoned from AHL Milwaukee on Saturday.

Through 22 games this season for the Admirals, the 20-year-old has posted seven goals and 19 points. Though he has just 10 points in 38 career NHL games, it would seem things are starting to click into place for the talented winger.
Feb 18 - 5:03 PM

Pekka Rinne will get the nod against the Wild on Saturday.

Rinne has split his three games against the Wild this season, going 1-1-1 with an .899 save percentage and eight goals against on 79 combined shots. Clearly the divisional rival has his number this season.
Feb 18 - 3:10 PM

Marek Mazanec was returned to AHL Milwaukee on Friday.

The 25-year-old has posted a ho-hum record down on the farm with the Admirals this season. He's 13-11 with a .908 save percentage and a 2.68 GAA thus far. He does not appear to be valued by the club at the NHL level with just four games played this season.
Feb 17 - 1:44 PM

The Predators have recalled Juuse Saros from AHL Milwaukee on Friday.

Saros, who had been sensational earlier on, has gone 0-2-1 with 11 goals against over his last three games. For the season however, the youngster has a 5-5-2 record with a 2.09 GAA and a .933 save percentage. Not too shabby.
Feb 17 - 1:42 PM


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