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Wednesday, November 23rd (All times eastern)

Nashville Predators (12-3-3) at Columbus Blue Jackets (5-16-0), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Nashville Predators try to re-focus on hockey tonight when they visit the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena.

The Preds visited Detroit on Monday night, and took a 1-0 lead in the first period. However, the game quickly became secondary with 7:30 remaining when Red Wings defenseman Jiri Fischer collapsed on the team's bench due to a seizure.

After collapsing, Fischer was administered CPR by team doctors before being taken to Detroit Medical Center. Fischer's heart had actually stopped and he had no pulse, before they hooked him to the auto defibrillator and shocked him.

The decision was made to postpone the remainder of Monday's game, which has not been rescheduled yet.

On the ice, before Monday, the Predators had a four-game winning streak snapped in Saturday's 4-2 loss at Minnesota. Paul Kariya and Marek Zidlicky scored goals and Tomas Vokoun stopped 24-of-28 shots for the Predators, who have been the NHL's streakiest team this season.

Nashville began the year with eight straight wins, before going 0-2-3 in their next five. The Preds then won four straight before Saturday.

Defenseman Kimmo Timonen extended his point streak to five games on Saturday, having tallied three goals and six assists during the run.

The Preds will host Los Angeles on Thursday.

Columbus, meanwhile, has lost five consecutive games. On Sunday the Jackets dropped a 5-1 tilt in Phoenix. Ladislav Nagy had a goal and two assists to help lift the Coyotes.

Rookie Gilbert Brule, the sixth overall pick in the 2005 draft, recorded his first career goal for the Blue Jackets. Brule returned to game ice after missing six weeks with a broken sternum.

Marc Denis made 28 saves before being lifted after Phoenix' final goal at the 13:46 mark of the final period.

Columbus will host Colorado on Friday.

The Blue Jackets toppled the Predators, 3-2, in overtime on October 26 and have won three straight meetings.

11/23 10:13:58 ET


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