Preds open campaign with win over Jackets

Ryan Suter, Craig Smith and Matt Halischuk 2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets in the season opener for both teams.

Pekka Rinne stopped 32-of-34 shots in net for the Predators, who were eliminated by the Vancouver Canucks in six games in the conference semifinals last season.

Blue Jackets center Jeff Carter made his much anticipated debut and contributed with two assists.

Carter was acquired from the Flyers in exchange for Jakub Voracek, a first- round pick (Sean Couturier) and third-round pick (Nick Cousins) in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

With the addition of Carter, the Blue Jackets are trying to improve on their 13th place finish in the Western Conference last year.

Rick Nash and Vinny Prospal netted the two goals for the Blue Jackets, who got 28 saves from Steve Mason.