.500 not good enough

Monday, February 12, 2001 at 1:00am

The Nashville Predators are 1-1 in their first two games after the NHL All-Star break, but .500 hockey is not going to be good enough to earn one of the eight playoff spots in the talented-laden Western Conference.

The Predators beat the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Gaylord Entertainment Center 3-1 Thursday night and lost 3-2 to the Blue Jackets on their home ice Saturday night as Geoff Sanderson scored the hat trick, the first in the history of the expansion franchise. The playoff drive gets a little tougher this week for the Predators who get a visit from the Dallas Stars Tuesday at 7 and the San Jose Sharks Friday at 7.

The Predators are tied with the Los Angeles Kings in point totals with 57. The Edmonton Oilers are in the eigth and final playoff spot with 59 points.

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