Columbus Blue Jackets back home to host Nashville tonight

FEB. 18, 2021 II vs. NASHVILLE PREDATORS II NATIONWIDE ARENA II 7 PM ET

CBJ BROADCAST INFORMATION

TV:  FOX Sports Ohio   Jeff Rimer (play-by-play), Jody Shelley (color analyst), Dave Maetzold (reporter)     

Radio:  105.7 FM           Bob McElligott (play-by-play), Dylan Tyrer (host)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS

Record:  7-6-4, 18 pts.  (5th, Discover Central Division) 

Goals:  2.88 Goals-For/3.47 Goals-Against… Shots:  29.5 Shots-For/31.6 Shots-Against

Power Play:  15.6 percent (22nd, NHL)… Penalty Kill:  73.0 percent (28th, NHL)

Penalty Minutes:  6.8 PIM (3rd, NHL)… Overtime Record (Shootout):  1-3-1 (1-1)

NASHVILLE PREDATORS

Record:  6-9-0, 12 pts. (7th, Discover Central Division)

Goals:  2.33 Goals-For/3.47 Goals-Against… Shots:  30.6 Shots-For/30.1 Shots-Against

Power Play:  14.5 percent (23rd, NHL)… Penalty Kill:  67.8 percent (30th, NHL)

Penalty Minutes:  10.6 PIM (26th-T, NHL)… Overtime Record (Shootout):  3-0-0 (1-0)

ALL-TIME SERIES

Results:  Columbus has gone 27-50-1-11 in 89 regular season games vs. the Predators, including a 18-19-0-5 mark at home… Of Note: The clubs competed as Central Division rivals over 12 seasons from 2000-13… The winning team has scored three-plus goals in 12-straight meetings, including four or more goals in ten of those outings…The teams have split the last four games at Nationwide Arena (CBJ; 2-2-0)… The Predators have won eight of the last 10 games in the series since Mar. 26, 2016 (CBJ; 2-7-1)… Columbus has killed off all 11 Nashville power play attempts in the past five meetings… Goals:  CBJ – 197, NSH – 272… CBJ PP:  54-of-335 (16.1 pct.)… CBJ PK:  314-of-381 (82.4 pct.).

This Season (CBJ, 0-2-0)

Jan. 14 – at Nashville 3, COLUMBUS 1

Jan. 16 – at Nashville 5, COLUMBUS 2

Feb. 18 – at COLUMBUS… Feb. 20 – at COLUMBUS

Feb. 27 – at Nashville… Feb. 28 – at Nashville

May 3 – at COLUMBUS… May 5 – at COLUMBUS

2019-20 Results (CBJ, 0-0-1)

Feb. 22, 2020 – at Nashville 4, Columbus 3 (SO)

Mar. 14, 2020 – Cancelled

CBJ TEAM NOTES

Columbus had its point streak snapped at three games (2-0-1) with a 7-3 loss at Carolina on Monday… CBJ play five of the next seven games at Nationwide Arena (4-2-2 on season)… The team has earned points in four-straight Thursday games (3-0-1), including wins on the last three consecutive Thursdays… The Blue Jackets have scored the game’s first goal in 13 of their 17 games (5-4-4), including the last six-straight (3-2-1)… The club has outscored the opposition 21-10 in first period play and lead the league in goal differential in the opening 20 minutes of play… Columbus is 6-1-4 in one-goal games and had played in five-straight one-goal games (3-1-1) prior to Monday’s defeat in Carolina.

CBJ PLAYER NOTES

RW Cam Atkinson tallied a goal in his fourth-straight game (4-4-8) on Monday in Carolina.  It’s the second-longest single season goal streak of his career, trailing a franchise-best seven-game goal streak from Nov. 10-25, 2018 (tied with Geoff Sanderson from Nov. 5-17, 2002)… D Vladislav Gavrikov has registered assists in three of the club’s last four games at Nationwide Arena… D Seth Jones has recorded points in four-straight home contests (1-4-5)… RW Patrik Laine collected an assist on Monday and has a three-game point streak (1-2-3) as well as 4-2-6 in his last six games with the club… C Jack Roslovic had posted points in seven of the last eight games (4-6-10), including points in a career-best six consecutive contests from Jan. 31-Feb. 11 (4-5-9).  He has points in four-straight home games (2-4-6)… C Kevin Stenlund has collected points in five of his six games played this season (3-3-6).

MILESTONES

•     D Scott Harrington is six games from 200 in his NHL career (7-29-36, 194 GP).

OhioHEALTH INJURY REPORT

•       LW Gus Nyquist (shoulder surgery on Nov. 3; Injured Reserve) is expected to miss five-to-six months.

•       G Matiss Kivlenieks (lower body; Injured Reserve) is day-to-day.

•       D Zach Werenski (lower body) is day-to-day.

                       o TOTAL MAN GAMES LOST:  43.

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