Columbus Blue Jackets 4, Nashville Predators 3: Too Little, Too Late

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As they prepare to put a wrap on their 12-year Central Division rivalry, the Predators and Blue Jackets are teams heading in different directions. While the Preds are stumbling out of playoff contention, Columbus has captured points in 11 straight games to ignite post-season hopes among their fans.

The Nashville Predators will limp home from their big road trip with a 1-4 record, after dropping a 4-3 decision tonight at Columbus. The loss drops the Preds to 13th place in the Western Conference, while the Blue Jackets, who have now gone 11 games without a regulation loss, jumped up to 10th pending the rest of the night's action.

Gabriel Bourque scored his 10th goal of the season to get the Predators back in it after Columbus took a 2-0 lead during the first half of the second period. In the third, the Blue Jackets blew open a 4-1 lead, but the Preds scored a pair of goals in the final minutes to at least provide some drama before the final horn sounded.

Random Observations

  • The first 10 minutes of this one were fairly impressive, as the Predators carried much of the early play and would have taken a 1-0 lead, were it not for Brandon Yip stopping a puck that had gotten behind Sergei Bobrovsky in the Columbus crease.
  • In his NHL debut, Taylor Beck played a reasonably effective 14:49 on a line with Mike Fisher and Martin Erat, firing two shots on goal. So yeah, Sergei Kostitsyn wasn't missed.
  • Seriously, though, the Predators could have used SK74's skill & speed tonight, even if he has been underwhelming this season. It looked like Nashville iced a 2nd line, a 3rd line, and two 4th lines in this one.
  • SportsClubStats puts the Predators' playoff chances at 14.2 percent based on this result, but that strikes me as optimistic, given the fact that so many key players remain out of the lineup with injuries.
  • Next up, a four-game home stand which begins Thursday with Calgary. Can some home cooking set this team aright?

Boxscore - Game Summary - Event Summary

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Nashville Predators

Player Pos ES TOI Total Shots For Total Shots Against Corsi Net Zone Starts Adjusted Corsi
David Legwand C 17:50 18 16 +2 +2 +1
Brandon Yip R 17:28 25 10 +15 +1 +15
Mike Fisher C 17:24 10 14 -4 +1 -4
Martin Erat R 16:41 8 12 -4 +1 -4
Gabriel Bourque L 14:26 18 12 +6 +2 +5
Taylor Beck L 13:56 8 9 -1 0 -1
Nick Spaling C 12:58 10 6 +4 +1 +4
Zach Boychuk L 11:55 9 7 +2 +2 +1
Matt Halischuk R 11:18 9 5 +4 +3 +3
Rich Clune L 9:19 14 9 +5 -2 +6
Chris Mueller C 9:13 14 8 +6 0 +6
Craig Smith C 6:38 7 7 0 +2 -1
Shea Weber D 18:59 19 7 +12 +3 +11
Roman Josi D 18:59 18 8 +10 +3 +9
Victor Bartley D 17:35 20 18 +2 +2 +1
Kevin Klein D 17:03 19 16 +3 +3 +2
Jonathon Blum D 17:02 12 15 -3 -2 -2
Ryan Ellis D 15:20 10 12 -2 -1 -2

Columbus Blue Jackets

Player Pos ES TOI Total Shots For Total Shots Against Corsi Net Zone Starts Adjusted Corsi
Nick Foligno L 15:04 15 8 +7 +1 +7
Rj Umberger C 15:00 16 7 +9 +1 +9
Brandon Dubinsky C 14:52 5 13 -8 -4 -6
Ryan Johansen C 14:51 15 8 +7 +1 +7
Matt Calvert L 13:57 8 12 -4 -3 -3
Cam Atkinson R 13:16 8 14 -6 -2 -5
Mark Letestu C 12:54 9 13 -4 -3 -3
Vinny Prospal L 12:15 6 14 -8 -2 -7
Derek Mackenzie C 11:30 9 16 -7 0 -7
Jared Boll R 11:30 9 14 -5 0 -5
Derick Brassard C 11:24 6 12 -6 -1 -6
Artem Anisimov C 11:24 8 16 -8 0 -8
Nikita Nikitin D 18:48 11 21 -10 -1 -10
Dalton Prout D 18:38 8 24 -16 -1 -16
Jack Johnson D 18:05 20 13 +7 -1 +7
Tim Erixon D 16:32 11 15 -4 -2 -3
John Moore D 16:29 9 13 -4 -2 -3
Fedor Tyutin D 16:26 17 12 +5 -1 +5

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