The Nashville Predators wrap up their home exhibition schedule tonight when they host the Columbus Blue Jackets. It's the second meeting between the two clubs in this preseason - the first outing resulted in a 3-2 loss in overtime for the Preds.
Nashville's first home preseason contest came Saturday, a 4-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. The game included goals from Mike Fisher, P.K. Subban, Mike Ribeiro and Cody Bass, combined with a winning performance from goaltender Marek Mazanec in net, stopping 23 of 26 shots.
Video: Peter Laviolette shares that Pekka Rinne will start
With only two preseason games to go for the Preds before Opening Night on Oct. 14, an almost exclusively veteran lineup is expected once more as Head Coach Peter Laviolette and his staff continue to shape their roster and systems.
"Every game has had something we're trying to look at," Laviolette said. "It's not a full group and everything yet, but there's a line, there's a person, there's an opportunity, so those things will continue to get evaluated [tonight]."
Video: Pekka Rinne and Mattias Ekholm on game vs. Columbus
Subban will be in the lineup once more, as well as Fisher, Ryan Johansen, and James Neal, among others. Goaltender Pekka Rinne is also on tonight's roster, the first time he'll be dressed this preseason after returning from the World Cup of Hockey.
This evening's game against the Blue Jackets is a 7 p.m. start at Bridgestone Arena. Fans can listen to the action on 102.5 The Game and the Predators Radio Network or watch the game on their desktop/laptop computers via NashvillePredators.com.
Video: Preds web team previews the final home preseason game