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NASHVILLE -- Roman Josi had two goals and two assists for the Nashville Predators in a 6-4 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Bridgestone Arena on Saturday.

Tommy Novak had two goals and an assist, and Luke Evangelista and Gustav Nyquist each had two assists for the Predators (47-29-5), who have won two in a row and lead the Vegas Golden Knights by five points for the first wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference. Juuse Saros made 31 saves.

“It probably wasn’t our best and not always our style that we want to play,” Josi said. “Those games aren’t always easy, but we found a way to win. It was important to us to get a win in the last regular-season game here at home. That’s the main thing.”

Trey Fix-Wolansky scored twice, and Justin Danforth had three assists for the Blue Jackets (26-43-12), who lost their fourth straight. Jet Greaves made 31 saves.

“I think there were parts of the game where we competed, and there were parts of the game where we got away from our game a little bit,” Danforth said. “This team is just too good. They’ll make you pay; their transition is great. They move the puck really fast. They made us pay when we made mistakes.”

James Malatesta gave Columbus a 1-0 lead at 2:04 of the first period on a wrist shot from the slot. Danforth won the face-off back to Malatesta, who deked to the middle and beat Saros glove side for his first NHL goal.

“It felt really good,” Malatesta said. “I think I had a couple chances in the past couple of games. It was just a really good feeling.”

Novak tied it 1-1 at 2:49 off a pass from Evangelista on a 3-on-1 rush.

“It was kind of a weird game,” Novak said. “Probably not our best, a little sloppy, but we had a lot of chances. Luckily, I got two to go in.”

Josi gave Nashville a 2-1 lead at 4:19 on a one-timer from the point on the power play.

Novak made it 3-1 at 13:25 with a wrist shot from the left circle.

“To get emotionally invested in these games is hard for our group, especially with where we’ve gotten,” Predators coach Andrew Brunette said. “I think we did enough just to win the game. It wasn’t particularly our sharpest detailed game, but I thought some guys created. I thought the power play was good.”

CBJ@NSH: Josi fires in laser one-timer on the power play

Cody Glass extended it to 4-1 at 4:52 of the second period after redirecting a shot by Alexandre Carrier.

Alexandre Texier cut it to 4-2 at 10:23 on a breakaway.

Filip Forsberg pushed it to 5-2 at 13:12 with a power-play goal off a pass from Josi that went off his skate.

“I thought we moved it pretty well tonight,” Josi said. “I think especially on that second goal, we had a couple of quick passes and then [Forsberg] got open. I think just quick puck movement. Even yesterday [in a 5-1 win against the Chicago Blackhawks], we moved it around pretty well and got some goals. We’re going to need that in the playoffs.”

Josi made it 6-2 at 15:09, using a backhand-to-forehand deke to beat Greaves blocker side.

Fix-Wolansky cut it to 6-3 at 6:02 of the third period off a spinning backhand pass from Danforth for his first goal of the season. He then made it 6-4 at 19:30 on a wrist shot from the slot.

“That was a big weight lifted off my shoulders,” Fix-Wolansky said. “I’ve been trying to buy one for a while, so it was nice to see two go in tonight.”

Saros left in the third period because of an equipment issue but returned. Kevin Lankinen made two saves in his absence.

NOTES: Josi’s four-point game was his eighth in the NHL, which ranks second among active defensemen behind Erik Karlsson (10). … Predators forwards Colton Sissons and Cole Smith did not play because of roster management reasons. … Forsberg’s goal was his 47th of the season, extending his franchise record. … Carrier did not play in the third period. Brunette did not have an update.

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