With four out of a possible six points collected in California, the Nashville Predators are set to conclude their four-game trip tonight in Columbus against the Blue Jackets.
After falling to San Jose on Wednesday, Nashville posted back-to-back wins over Anaheim and Los Angeles on Friday and Saturday for wins six and seven on the season.
Then on Sunday, Preds GM David Poile swung a deal to acquire center Kyle Turris as part of a three-team trade with Ottawa and Colorado. Next, Turris signed a six-year, $36 million contract with the Predators, and although it is unlikely Turris will be available to play tonight due to the immigration process, he hopes to make his debut on Saturday night in Nashville.
"I'm not sure how long the immigration process is going to take," Turris said via conference call on Monday. "Depending on how it goes, but I definitely will be in Nashville by the middle of this week, for sure. I, hopefully, will be getting a few practices in before the game on Saturday.
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Last Time Out:
The Predators beat the Kings by a 4-3 final in overtime on Saturday in Los Angeles. Nashville jumped out to a 3-0 lead before L.A. tied it with three in the third, but Viktor Arvidsson played the role of hero in OT. Miikka Salomaki, P.K. Subban and Craig Smith also tallied for Nashville and Juuse Saros earned his first win of the season with a career-high 36 saves.
Video: The Preds finish their road trip in Columbus
The Blue Jackets (9-51) are coming off a 5-3 loss to the New York Rangers last night in Manhattan. Former Preds defenseman Seth Jones and forward Artemi Panarin are tied for the team lead in points with 12 apiece. Josh Anderson has tallied on six occasions, Sonny Milano and Oliver Bjorkstrand have five goals each, and Zach Werenski and Cam Atkinson have four markers apiece. Sergei Bobrovsky took the loss last night for Columbus.
The Predators are 56-19-1-6 (82 GP) all-time against the Blue Jackets, including a 23-14-0-3 record on the road. Nashville has won three straight against Columbus and five of the last six overall, and at Nationwide Arena, the Predators have won three of the last four matchups, outscoring the Blue Jackets 13-8 in those games. The two teams will not meet again until April 7, the final game of the regular season for Nashville.
Watch & Listen:
Tonight's game from Nationwide Arena comes with a 6 p.m. CT start time with Predators Live pregame coverage beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Fox Sports Tennessee. The game can also be heard on 102.5 The Game and the Predators Radio Network. Plus, follow PredsNHL on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat for updates from Columbus.
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