Columbus (7-10-1) at Nashville (9-10-0)

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  • Game info: 8:00 pm EST Wed Nov 26, 2003
  • TV: FSOH
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Tomas Vokoun has the Nashville Predators flirting with .500.

The Predators’ red-hot goaltender will try to get them to the break-even mark as they host the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Vokoun, who got off to a 4-7-1 start, is 5-1 in his last six starts, including Monday’s 3-2 win at Colorado. He stopped 34 shots as the Predators climbed to within one win of .500.

“The goaltender is the difference and makes up for so much of everything,” Vokoun said. “If you don’t have quality play from the goaltender it’s hard to win no matter what team you have.”

Nashville coach Barry Trotz was pleased with his top netminder’s performance.

“Tomas was lights out. He was really good. He saw the puck and was moving really well,” Trotz said. “Teemu Selanne had the one breakaway and from the bench it didn’t look like he had a chance to score.”

Vokoun has received offensive support as the Predators have scored four goals in four of his last five wins.

Nashville is 7-0 when leading after two periods this season.

The Blue Jackets are 0-7-1-1 away from home this season.

On Tuesday, Manny Malhotra picked up his first goal in a Columbus uniform and Geoff Sanderson and Trevor Letowski added scores in the Blue Jackets’ 3-3 tie with Edmonton.

Malhotra, claimed off waivers from Dallas on Friday, helped Columbus run its home unbeaten streak to four (2-0-2-0).

“It’s a good feeling,” Malhotra said. “It wasn’t too much that I was stressing about. I’m happy to get it out of the way and put one more block in building my confidence.”

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