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Defensemen lead Predators past Blue Jackets

Weber, Josi each finish with multiple points; Nashville can clinch playoff berth on Monday

by Robby Stanley / NHL.com Correspondent

NASHVILLE - Shea Weber had a goal and an assist, and Roman Josi had three assists to help guide the Nashville Predators to a 5-1 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Bridgestone Arena on Saturday. 

Josi's three assists gave him 56 points (12 goals, 44 assists) this season and tied the franchise record for points in a season by a defenseman. Weber had 56 points in 2013-14.

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Johansen, Jones set to face former teams

Predators play Blue Jackets for first time since Jan. 6 trade

by Robby Stanley / NHL.com Correspondent

BLUE JACKETS (30-36-8) at PREDATORS (38-23-13)

TV: 8 p.m. ET; FS-O, FS-TN, NHL.TV

NASHVILLE -- The Columbus Blue Jackets and Nashville Predators will play at Bridgestone Arena on Saturday for the first time since a blockbuster trade that sent defenseman Seth Jones from Nashville to Columbus in exchange for center Ryan Johansen.

The Blue Jackets and Predators made the trade Jan. 6, and Johansen has helped propel the Predators into a race for positioning in the Stanley Cup Playoffs and helped balance out the rest of the offensive attack. The Predators enter Saturday two points behind the Chicago Blackhawks for third place in the Central Division.

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Johansen wishes 'I was still a Blue Jacket:' report

Nashville center to play former team for first time when Columbus visits

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Ryan Johansen said he would have been fine playing for the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday, instead of against them with the Nashville Predators.

Johansen will face his former team for the first time at Bridgestone Arena (8 p.m. ET; FS-O, FS-TN, NHL.TV). The center was traded for defenseman Seth Jones on Jan. 6 after spending four-plus seasons with Columbus.

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