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Elvis Meets Hockey: The Jackets Travel To Memphis To Face the Predators

by Staff Writer / Columbus Blue Jackets
Memphis will trade in its 'Blue Suede Shoes' for hockey skates as the Nashville Predators host the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight at 8:30 p.m. ET tonight.

Instead of playing at the Gaylord Entertainment Center, nestled snugly in downtown Nashville, Tenn., the drop of the puck will be moved 212 miles west to Memphis, where the Predators and Blue Jackets will lace up their skates and play the first ever professional hockey game at FedExForum, home of the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies, in a preseason game.

The two teams met at Nationwide Arena just four days ago, in the preseason opener for both squads, with the Jackets prevailing, 2-0 on the strength of goals by Jason Chimera and Alexandre Picard.

Tomas Popperle and Pascal Leclaire did not allow a hockey puck to enter the net, combining to make 38 saves. Tonight Popperle will team with Fredrik Norrena, in the Jackets goal. Click here for tonight's roster.

The Predators and Jackets will meet eight times in 2006-07, heating up an already tense rivalry between the two clubs.

Columbus went 3-5-0 vs. Nashville last season, finishing with a record of 35-43-4, in the third place in the Western Conference’s Central Division. The Predators, meanwhile, finished with a record of 45-28-8 and in second place in the Central Division before bowing out to the San Jose Sharks in the first round of the NHL Playoffs.

Memphis, of course, is known for being the home of Graceland, the former home of Rock n Roll legend Elvis Presley, which is the second most visited house in the United States (after the White House), attracting over 600,000 visitors a year, from many different countries.

Graceland contains a variety of Elvis memorabilia and the Heartbreak Hotel is located across the street, which is named after a popular Elvis hit.

The Jackets will look to steer clear of that Heartbreak Hotel and return to Columbus with a sterling 3-0 record this preseason as preparations continue toward the start of the Jackets sixth season.

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