Predators shut down in Columbus 2-0

Well look at the bright side, Predators fans. At least a high-paid player didn't storm out of the game and disrespect his coach in front of the entire team, and then have the eccentric team owner back the player up, right? As awful as tonight's 2-0 stifling in Columbus was, at least the Preds don't have to deal with the theater of the bizarre that has become the Tennessee Titans.

That's about the best that can be said about tonight's game, however. The power play continued to sputter and Nashville just couldn't solve a committed defensive effort by the Blue Jackets...

The Preds return to Bridgestone Arena Wednesday to host the St. Louis Blues, followed by Sean Avery & the New York Rangers on Saturday, so use the OtF discount to save money on Nashville Predators tickets for these, or any other home game. Remember, Preds tickets can make a great holiday gift, so look through the schedule, and pick out a game!

First, the video highlights (might have to wait until an hour post-game) and the Predators vs Blue Jackets boxscore...


A few thoughts on tonight's action:

  • That 2nd Columbus goal featured a bad gaffe by Cal O'Reilly. Shane O'Brien had motioned to him that Cal needed to pick up Rick Nash coming down the wing, but O'Reilly pretty much coasted from the red line all the way in, leaving Nash wide open to bury the one-timer.
  • The Preds failed to get the puck into the dangerous scoring area, between the faceoff dots and below the tops of the circles (check ESPN for a visual representation). Columbus did a fine job collapsing down low defensively, but the Predators had no answer to it.
  • It was good at least to see the penalty kill performing well, killing off all 5 Columbus chances. The underwhelming power play gives them no margin for error, however.
  • Speaking of that power play... egads. 2-for-31 (their record this month after going 0-for-4 tonight) is just plain awful, injuries or no.
  • To me, Martin Erat just doesn't look like he's 100%. He was weak on the puck, and had a few wobbles even when he wasn't being pressured by the Blue Jackets. Just a horrible night for him.
  • Pekka Rinne had a pretty strong game; that Commodore goal was a little regrettable, but outside of that he did a great job of gathering pucks in, and he had a highlight-reel stop on Antoine Vermette to keep things close.

As for your advanced even-strength stats, shield your eyes, Mr. Spaling:

 Even Strength Individual Totals Team Totals While Player Is On Ice
 Player Pos EV TOI Shots Shts Blkd Missed Shts Blocks SOG For SOG Ag SOG +/- Tot SF Tot SA Corsi
 Cal O'Reilly C 15:00 1 0 0 0 7 9 -2 11 13 -2
 Marcel Goc C 14:37 2 0 2 0 8 8 0 16 9 +7
 Steve Sullivan L 13:22 0 0 0 0 7 8 -1 11 10 +1
 Patric Hornqvist R 13:19 3 0 0 1 5 8 -3 10 11 -1
 Martin Erat R 12:50 1 0 1 0 7 9 -2 14 11 +3
 J-P Dumont R 12:00 1 1 0 0 6 7 -1 12 8 +4
 Joel Ward R 9:45 1 1 0 0 4 4 0 8 6 +2
 Colin Wilson C 9:28 0 0 1 1 3 4 -1 6 8 -2
 Sergei Kostitsyn L 8:31 1 0 0 1 4 2 +2 6 5 +1
 Jerred Smithson R 8:28 0 0 0 0 2 7 -5 5 10 -5
 Jordin Tootoo R 7:56 0 1 1 0 1 5 -4 3 7 -4
 Nick Spaling C 5:26 0 0 0 0 0 6 -6 0 9 -9
 Francis Bouillon D 16:54 1 0 0 0 9 4 +5 14 9 +5
 Shea Weber D 16:10 2 2 2 0 8 4 +4 13 9 +4
 Alexander Sulzer D 14:50 1 0 0 0 8 12 -4 15 14 +1
 Cody Franson D 13:36 1 1 2 0 4 8 -4 10 11 -1
 Kevin Klein D 13:18 2 1 0 1 5 12 -7 10 14 -4
 Shane O'Brien D 12:34 1 0 0 0 2 12 -10 6 15 -9

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