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Wednesday, October 26th (All times eastern)

Nashville Predators (8-0-0) at Columbus Blue Jackets (2-7-0), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Nashville Predators try to make it nine straight wins to begin the season tonight when they visit the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena.

The Preds have matched the second-best start in NHL history, as both the 1934-35 Toronto Maple Leafs and 1975-76 Buffalo Sabres began their seasons with eight straight victories. The 1993-94 Toronto Maple Leafs began the season with an NHL record 10 consecutive wins.

On Tuesday, Scott Hartnell picked up three assists as the Predators defeated the Chicago Blackhawks, 5-3, at the Gaylord Entertainment Center.

With the win, Nashville remains the lone unbeaten club in the NHL, as Ottawa lost to Carolina on Monday night. Three of the Preds' wins this season have come via the shootout, and would have been ties under the old NHL rules.

Tomas Vokoun finished with 38 saves for Nashville. Vokoun has allowed two goals or less in five of his seven starts this season.

Nashville will host Edmonton on Saturday.

Columbus, meanwhile, has lost two straight games, as the Jackets were swept by the Red Wings in a two-game set at Nationwide Arena. Pavel Datsyuk and Brendan Shanahan each scored two goals to lead Detroit.

Bryan Berard and Trevor Letowski each scored goals and Marc Denis stopped 31 of the 37 shots he faced for the Blue Jackets, who lost for the fifth time in six games. Columbus was shut out 6-0 by Detroit on Saturday.

On the injury front, Denis suffered a bruised clavicle in the loss and is day- to-day. He will likely miss this evening's tilt.

Columbus will host Minnesota on Friday to kick off a home-and-home.

Nashville went 4-2 against Columbus in 2003-04 and is 7-3-1 in the last 11 meetings overall.

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