Sat, Feb 20, 2021 NHL Game #282
Columbus Blue Jackets
Team Game: 19
Home Game: 10
8 – 6 – 4 (20 pts)
5 – 2 – 2 (Home)
3 – 4 – 2 (Road)
Team Game: 17
Road Game: 8
6 – 10 – 0 (12 pts)
5 – 4 – 0 (Home)
1 – 6 – 0 (Road)
THE LAST GAME: Feb. 18, 2021 – CBJ (3) at NSH (0)
CBJ Goal Scorers: Atkinson, Domi, EN – Robinson
NSH Goal Scorers:
Goalies: CBJ – Merzlikins (32/32, 60:00); NSH – Saros (19/21, 59:39)
CBJ PP: 0/0; PK: 1/1 | Shots: CBJ: 22 / NSH: 32
3 Stars: 1. Merzlikins, CBJ; 2. Atkinson, CBJ; 3. Domi, CBJ
Noteworthy: CBJ recorded 1st shutout of season, with Merzlikins (6th career SO) stopping all 32 NSH shots…CBJ has points in 5-straight Thursday
games (4-0-1)… Atkinson (GWG) scored a goal in 5th-straight game… Gavrikov has assists in 3-straight home games… Laine collected an assist giving him a 4-game point streak (1-3-4).
IN GOAL TONIGHT
OhioHEALTH INJURY REPORT
Nyquist (shoulder); Placed on Injured Reserve (1/11); five to six months; (18 games)
Werenski (lower body); day-to-day: (2 games)
TOTAL MAN GAMES LOST: 45
Feb. 19 Assigned Foudy and Clendening from taxi squad to Cleveland (AHL) and recalled Bayreuther to taxi squad
Feb. 18 Activated Kivlenieks off IR and assigned him to Cleveland (AHL)
Feb. 17 Assigned Matteau to taxi squad
Feb. 15 Recall Matteau from taxi squad and assigned Carlsson to taxi squad
Feb. 13 Acquire Hofmann from Carolina in exchange for 2022 7th round pick
Feb. 13 Activated Werenski off IR and placed Kivlenieks on IR retroactive to Feb. 6
AGAINST THE PREDATORS
2020-21 Series: 1-2-0 (1-0-0 vs. NSH)
2019-20 Series: 0-0-1 (0-0-0 vs. NSH)
All-Time Series: 28-50-1-11 (19-19-0-5 vs. NSH)
Last 10 (Overall | Home): 3-6-1 | 5-5-0
All-Time GF/GA: 200/272
All-Time SF/SA: 2,683-2,736
All-Time PP: 54-of-335
All-Time PK: 315-of-379
SEASON SERIES LEFT: Feb. 27 at NSH… Feb. 28 at NSH… May 3 vs. NSH… May 5 vs. NSH
CBJ: Del Zotto posted 1-4-5 in 25 games after a trade from NYR in 2013-14… Jones tallied 15-48-63 in 199 games (2013-16) after being selected 4th
overall in 2013… // NSH: Hinote served as assistant coach from 2010-14… Duchene skated in 23 contests in 2018-19… Johansen posted 79-114-193
in 309 games (2011-16) after being selected 4th overall in 2010.
NOTED (Team Highlights vs. NSH)
Winning team has scored 3-plus goals in 13-straight meetings, including four or more goals in ten of those outings… Columbus has won 3 of the last 5
games at Nationwide Arena (CBJ; 3-2-0)… Most goals scored vs. NSH: 5 (10/17/08) … Most goals allowed vs. NSH: 6 (1/29/04).
NOTED (Player Highlights vs. NSH)
Atkinson made NHL debut on 10/7/11 vs. NSH… Foligno tallied 1st NHL assist on 11/29/07 vs. NSH and scored in CBJ debut on 1/19/13 at NSH…
Kukan made NHL debut on 3/26/16 at NSH… Robinson made his NHL debut on 4/7/18 at NSH… Savard made NHL debut on 10/7/11 vs. NSH…
Tortorella won his 600th career NHL game behind the bench on 1/10/19 vs. NSH.
HOW THE JACKETS WERE BUILT (Active: 22, Injured Reserve: 1, Taxi Squad: 5)
Drafted (13): Atkinson, Bemstrom (TS), Bjorkstrand, Carlsson (TS), Gavrikov, Jenner, Korpisalo, Merzlikins, Peeke, Savard, Stenlund, Texier, Werenski
Trade (6): Domi, Foligno, Harrington, Jones, Laine, Roslovic
Free Agent (9): Bayreuther (TS), Del Zotto, Grigorenko, Johnson (TS), Kukan, Matteau (TS), Nash, Nyquist (IR), Robinson
BLUE JACKETS NOTES
CBJ IN CLOSE AFFAIRS
The Blue Jackets have played in eleven one-goal contests this season (6-1-4) as five of the last seven games have been decided by a single goal (3-1-
1). Columbus is tied for the lead in the NHL in one-goal games (ANA, BOS) and ranks second-T in victories (PIT, TOR) in that end result in 2020-21.
That success has been the norm over the past few seasons as CBJ leads the League in one-goal victories and ranks fourth in win percentage in onegoal games since 2016-17 (.567; 89-31-38). Almost half of the club’s games have been decided by a single goal over that span (47.3 pct.; 158-of-334).
STRIKE FIRST, STRIKE FAST
CBJ have made it a habit of scoring the first goal in their game this season, scoring first in a league-high fourteen of their eighteen contests. The club
has scored first in each of the last seven games. Columbus’ +12 goal differential (22-10) in the opening 20 minutes is the best in the NHL while the 22 goals are the second-most (EDM; 25). Eleven of the club’s first period goals have been scored in the first 10 minutes of play in the game, including five in the opening five minutes.
BACK AT HOME
Columbus closed out a three-game road trip on Monday at Carolina, picking up points in two of the three games (1-1-1). The club enters a stretch heavy
in home games, playing five-of-seven games at NWA from Feb. 18-Mar. 2. The club has picked up points in seven of its nine home games (5-2-2),
including the first four home games of a season for the first time in franchise history (2-0-2). The 12 points recorded is tied for the third-most in the first nine home games of a season in franchise history (third time), trailing the 14 points recorded to start 2016-17 (7-2-0) and 13 points to start 2007-08 (6-2-1).
ATKINSON HEATS UP
Forward Cam Atkinson has scored a goal in each of the last five games (5-4-9) and picked up multi-point efforts in both games against the Blackhawks
last week (2-4-6). It’s the second longest single season goal streak of his career (tied for fifth-longest in club history), trailing a franchise-best sevengame goal streak from Nov. 10-25, 2018 (tied with Geoff Sanderson). He was named the NHL’s First Star for Feb. 8-14 after posting 3-4-7 in three
games. The five-game stretch has propelled him into the team lead in goals and points with 7-7-14 in 18 games this season.
KEEP UP WITH THE JONES
Defenseman Seth Jones (1-7-8 in last eight games) recorded a five-game assist streak from Feb. 4-Feb. 13 (0-6-6) and six-game point streak from Feb.
2-Feb. 13 (1-6-7). He’s set a new career-best for assist streak while tying his career-long point streak (3-4-7; Dec. 18-29, 2017). He leads all
defensemen on the team in assists and points (1-8-9). In the 2019-20 season, Jones was selected to play in his fourth consecutive All-Star Game and
ranked seventh in the NHL in time on ice (25:17), finishing with 6-24-30 in 56 games.
Jack Roslovic made his Blue Jackets debut at Nationwide Arena against the Panthers on Jan. 28 and since rattled off a career-long six-game point
streak from Jan. 31-Feb. 11 (4-5-9) and has points in seven of the last nine games (4-6-10). The 25th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft became the
second Columbus native (New Albany’s Kole Sherwood on Feb. 16, 2019 at Chicago) to play for the franchise with his first game. He grew up playing in
the Ohio AAA Blue Jackets program, suiting up for the 14U team in 2011-12 and 16U/18U teams in 2012-13.
LAINE IN COLUMBUS
Patrik Laine made his CBJ debut Feb. 4 vs. Dallas at Nationwide Arena and has points in six of the seven games (4-3-7), including each of the last four
outings (1-3-4). That stretch also includes his second multi-goal outing of the campaign on Feb. 7 vs. Carolina (2-0-2). The 2016 second overall pick was
acquired along with Roslovic in a trade from the Jets on Jan. 23. Laine, who has 144-113-256 in 314 career GP, ranks third in the NHL in PPG (53) and
ninth in goals (tied) and goals-per-game (.46) since making his NHL debut in 2016-17.
Forward Oliver Bjorkstrand leads the team in assists and multi-point efforts and ranks second in points with 4-9-13 and four multi-point outings in 18
games in 2020-21. The winger, who signed a five-year contract extension with CBJ on Jan. 6, led the club in goals (21), GWG (five) and multi-point
efforts (11) in 2019-20 despite being limited to 49 contests due to injury.
Forward Boone Jenner has tallied points in six-of-nine road games this season, including all five of his goals (5-2-7). He ranks third on the club in goals, with two in the last four games, and is fifth-T in points (5-4-9). On Monday vs. Carolina, Jenner recorded his first multi-point game this season with a goal and an assist.
•Del Zotto scored his 1st goal as a Blue Jacket on 2/11 vs. CHI
•Foligno notched his 200th career NHL goal on 2/7 vs. CAR
•Jones collected his 200th CBJ career point on 2/7 vs. CAR
•Harrington is 5 games from 200 in his NHL career
•Domi is 7 games from 400 in his NHL career
•Kukan is 8 games from 100 in his NHL career
•Roslovic is 9 games from 200 in his NHL career
2020-21 TEAM QUICK HITS
•CBJ, who have 14 Sat. games this season, have posted points in back-to-back Sat. contests (1-0-1)
•CBJ ranks 7th-T in the NHL in blocked shots-per-60 minutes (14.00)
•CBJ (52 goals overall) have scored 22 goals in the 1st period and 20 in the 3rd period this season
2020-21 PLAYER QUICK HITS
•Gavrikov has assists in 3-straight home games and 4 of last 5 contests at NWA (0-4-4)
•Del Zotto is 8th-T in the NHL in +/- (+11)
•Foligno, who finished 7th in the NHL with a career-high 212 hits in 2019-20, is 2nd on the club in hits (46)
CBJ 2020-21 TEAM GAME HIGHS
GOALS: 6 (2/11 vs. CHI)… GOALS AGAINST: 7 ( 2/15 at CAR)… PPG: 2 (2/11 vs. CHI)… PPGA: 2 – 2x (MR: 2/15 at CAR)… SHOTS: 44 (1/16 at
NSH)… SHOTS AGAINST: 37 – 2x (MR: 1/21 vs. TBL)… PIM: 24 (1/18 at DET)… HITS: 39 (1/31 at CHI)… FOW: 34 (1/14 at NSH)… BKS: 22 (2/8 vs CAR)
CBJ 2020-21 PLAYER GAME HIGHS
GOALS: 2 – 2x, MR: Roslovic (2/11 vs CHI)… ASSISTS: 3, Atkinson (2/11 vs CHI)… POINTS: 4, Atkinson (2/11 vs CHI)… HITS: 7 – 2x, MR: Jones (2/11
at CHI)… PLUS/MINUS RATING: +3 – 3x, MR: Nash (2/18 vs. NSH)… SOG: 7, Atkinson (2/15 at CAR)… TOI: 27:59 – Jones (1/21 vs. TBL)… SAVES:
35 – Korpisalo (1/18 at DET, 37 shots)
Nashville Predators: Media Notes
- The Predators are 61-21-(1)-7 all-time against the Blue Jackets, including a 24-15-(0)-4 record on the road.
- Nashville is 2-1-0 against Columbus this season, sweeping its two-game set against the Blue Jackets to open the 2020-21 campaign.
- The Preds have earned at least a point in eight of their last 10 games vs. the Blue Jackets (7-2-1), including wins in three of their last four.
- Nashville is 2-2-1 in its last five games at Nationwide Arena and 5-4-1 in its last 10. Prior to Thursday night’s defeat, the team’s last regulation loss to Columbus on the road came on Nov. 20, 2015.
- The Predators posted a 17-game home winning streak against the Blue Jackets that spanned five season from 2006-11.
- In the Preds’ 46 home games vs. Columbus, they’ve only lost six times in regulation, with two of those losses coming in the first three matchups
between the two teams.
- Nashville and Columbus were both part of the Central Division from the 2000-01 season through the 2012-13 season.
NOTABLES vs. COLUMBUS
- Filip Forsberg notched his fifth career hat trick on April 7, 2018 vs. Columbus. He has 11 points (6g-5a) in 15 career meetings with the Blue Jackets.
- In addition to posting 19 points (7g-12a) in 30 career games against Columbus, Matt Duchene played in 23 games for Nashville’s new Central Division foe in 2018-19, recording 12 points (4g-8a).
- Roman Josi is one of four players on the Predators (Forsberg, Duchene, Richardson) to tally at least 10 career points vs. Columbus; he’s picked up 13 points (2g-11a) in 24 contests against the Blue Jackets.
- Viktor Arvidsson has five points (3g-2a) in 10 career meetings with Columbus.
- Ryan Ellis has two points (1g-1a) in his last three games vs. Columbus, and nine points (2g-7a) in 20 career contests against the Blue Jackets.
- Pekka Rinne owns a 21-8-3 record, 2.33 goals-against average and .920 save percentage in 33 career meetings with Columbus.
LAST TIME OUT
Nashville Predators 0, Columbus Blue Jackets 3 – Feb. 18 at Nationwide Arena
NSH goals: N/A
CBJ goals: Atkinson – GWG (7), Domi (3), Robinson – ENG (3)
Goaltenders: NSH – Saros (L, 20/21) / CBJ – Merzlikins (W, 32/32)
Power plays: NSH 0-1 / CBJ 0-0
Notes: Nashville moved to 1-6-0 on the road this season… It was Nashville’s first game since Feb. 13 after two scheduled games in Dallas (Feb. 15-16)
were postponed… The Predators did not commit a penalty for the first time in a regular-season game since Feb. 23, 2017, a 270-game span… Nashville
was shut out for the second time this season (first: Jan. 22 at Dallas)… The Predators had a season-high 59 shot attempts at 5-on-5… Nashville limited
Columbus to 22 shots on goal, tied for the second-fewest it has allowed in a game this season… Nashville outshot Columbus 13-4 in the third period.
THIRD PERIOD PROWESS
- The Predators have scored 20 third-period goals this season, tied for the fifth-most in the NHL.
- Nashville’s 16 even-strength goals in the third period are also tied for the fifth-most in the League.
- The Predators own a share of the seventh-best third period goal differential in the NHL at +4.
- Six of Nashville’s 20 third-period goals have come against the Blue Jackets, including a four-goal final frame in the team’s 5-2 win over Columbus on Jan. 16.
- Filip Forsberg scored on Feb. 13 vs. Detroit to push his team-leading point total to 14 (7g-7a). He has 10 points (3g-7a) in his last nine games.
- This was his second consecutive season posting at least 14 points in his first 15 individual games; in 2019-20, he tallied 15 points (9g-6a) in his first 15 games.
- Forsberg recorded a career-high five points (2g-3a) and scored the game-winning goal in overtime on Feb. 4 at Florida. He became the fifth player in
Predators history to tally five points in a game, joining Roman Josi, J-P Dumont, Dan Hamhuis and Marek Zidlicky. Josi was the last to accomplish the
feat, posting five assists at Winnipeg on Feb. 27, 2018.
- He scored his seventh career overtime goal, moving him into a tie for second with Shea Weber on the team’s all-time list; David Legwand has scored the most OT goals in Preds history (9).
- He has posted 86 career multi-point games, the fifth-most in team history.
- Forsberg is second in franchise history in goals with 173. He sits behind only Legwand on the team’s all-time goals list; Legwand tallied 210 in 956
games with Nashville.
- Forsberg’s 172 goals since the start of the 2014-15 campaign – his first full NHL season – are the 21st-most in the League in that time span.
SOLID STRETCH FOR RINNE
- Pekka Rinne won his third game of the season on Feb. 11 vs. Detroit, moving his career total to 362, the 20th-most in NHL history.
- In three starts from Feb. 5-11, Rinne stopped 89 of 95 shots faced for a .937 save percentage and 2.04 goals-against average.
- Dating back to his appearance in relief on Feb. 4, Rinne is 2-3-0 with a .931 save percentage and 2.26 goals-against average.
MOST WINS, NHL HISTORY
18) Andy Moog – 372
19) Tom Barrasso – 369
20) Pekka Rinne – 362
21) Rogie Vachon/Evgeni Nabokov – 353
- Roman Josi recorded two assists on Feb. 11 vs. Detroit; he now has six points (1g-5a) in his last eight games.
- He posted a season-long four-game point streak (1g-3a) from Jan. 30-Feb. 5.
- Josi, the 2020 Norris Trophy winner, has eight points (2g-6a) in 16 games and leads Nashville in average TOI at 25:26. Among all NHL defensemen,
Josi averages the seventh-most ice time.
- His goal at Florida on Feb. 4 came at 17:54 of the third period and helped the Predators force overtime. It was his sixth career goal scored on a
goaltender with under three minutes remaining in a game.
- Josi scored his first goal of the season in overtime to clinch two points for Nashville on Jan. 26 vs. Chicago. It was Josi’s fifth career overtime goal, the second-most among blueliners in Predators history (most: Shea Weber, 7).
FEAR THE BEARD
- Associate Captain Ryan Ellis has two points (1g-1a) in his last three games and three points (1g-2a) in his last six games. He recorded a season-long
four-game point streak from Jan. 30-Feb. 5.
- He scored his second power-play goal of the season (tied with Forsberg for the team lead) on Feb. 11 vs. Detroit. Ellis also logged 28:45 of ice time, a season high and his second-most in a regular-season game in his NHL career.
- Ellis is averaging 24:47 of ice time this season, the 13th-most among NHL defensemen.
- Ellis is second among team blueliners in points with seven (2g-5a) this season. He also leads the team in blocked shots with 32.
DEPTH ON DISPLAY
- Through 14 games, 21 of the 26 skaters to play for Nashville have recorded at least a point.
- Seventeen different skaters have at least two points; eight have at least five points.
- Sixteen Preds players have combined to score the team’s 35 goals; Filip Forsberg leads the team with seven.
NEW LINEUP ADDITIONS
- Out of the 26 skaters to have appeared for Nashville this season, 11 did not play for the team during the 2019-20 campaign: Matt Benning, Mark
Borowiecki, Nick Cousins, Erik Haula, Luke Kunin, Sean Malone, Michael McCarron, Brad Richardson, Luca Sbisa, Cole Smith and Eeli Tolvanen.
- Cousins scored his first goal with the Preds on Jan. 26 and has five points (1g-4a) on the season.
- Haula has tallied four assists, including one on Roman Josi’s overtime winner on Jan. 26.
- Benning and Borowiecki have skated 111:21 together in all situations, the third-most among Nashville defense pairings.
- Kunin scored in Nashville’s opening two games and assisted on Dante Fabbro’s game-winning goal on Feb. 11 vs. Detroit.
- In addition to his game-winning goal on Jan. 16, Richardson tallied an assist in the season-opener to give him two points on the season.
Luca Sbisa – IR (upper body, Jan. 25); Games Missed: 11
Brad Richardson – IR (upper body, Feb. 3); Games Missed: 8
Ryan Johansen – IR (upper body, Feb. 8); Games Missed: 6
Mattias Ekholm – IR (lower body, Feb. 11); Games Missed: 3
Mathieu Olivier – IR (upper body, Feb. 11); Games Missed: 3
- Matt Duchene is three points from 600 in his NHL career.
- Feb. 19: Recalled defenseman Ben Harpur from the taxi squad. Reassigned forwards Michael McCarron and Eeli Tolvanen to the taxi squad.
- Feb. 18: Recalled forwards Michael McCarron and Eeli Tolvanen from the taxi squad. Reassigned defenseman Ben Harpur to the taxi squad.
- Feb. 16: Recalled defenseman Ben Harpur from the taxi squad. Reassigned forwards Michael McCarron and Eeli Tolvanen to the taxi squad.
- Feb. 15: Recalled forwards Michael McCarron and Eeli Tolvanen from the taxi squad. Reassigned defenseman Ben Harpur to the taxi squad.
- Feb. 14: Recalled defenseman Ben Harpur from the taxi sqaud. Reassigned forward Eeli Tolvanen to the taxi squad.
- Feb. 13: Recalled forward Eeli Tolvanen from the taxi squad. Reassigned defenseman Ben Harpur to the taxi squad.
- Feb. 12: Reassigned forward Eeli Tolvanen to the taxi squad.
- Feb. 11: Placed defenseman Mattias Ekholm (lower body) and forward Mathieu Olivier (upper body) on injured reserve. Recalled forward Eeli Tolvanen
and defenseman Ben Harpur from the taxi squad.
- Feb. 10: Recalled defenseman Alexandre Carrier from Chicago (AHL) to the taxi squad. Reassigned forward Anthony Richard to Chicago (AHL) from
the taxi squad. Reassigned forwards Sean Malone and Michael McCarron to the taxi squad.
- Feb. 9: Recalled forward Sean Malone from the taxi squad. Recalled forward Anthony Richard from Chicago (AHL) to the taxi squad. Reassigned
forward Eeli Tolvanen to the taxi squad.
Nashville scores on a power play goal at 12:59 1st period by Calle Jarnkrok. Assist to Ryan Ellis. 1-0 over CBJ.
Nashville not messing around tonight! Scores again in the 1st period on a nice centering feed from Kunin and Trenin to Colton Sissons who put the puck back Merzlikins pads. 2-0 Predators at the 16:49 mark.
1ST PERIOD STATS
SHOTS: NSH 16 CBJ 6
POWER PLAYS: NSH 1/1 CBJ O/1
PIM: NSH 2 CBJ 2
FACEOFF WIN PCT: NSH 75% CBJ 25%
BLOCKED SHOTS: NSH 3 CBJ 4
TAKEAWAYS: NSH 0 CBJ 3
GIVEAWAYS: NSH 0 CBJ 2
Reporter’s Analysis: Not enough shots on goal; Nashville outplaying Jackets; defense is not tight tonight and getting puck out of own zone a problem.
I bet John Tortorella lit a fire under the Jackets at the intermission cause we are seeing a complete reversal in the 2nd period. CBJ scores a short handed goal by Boone Jenner on a rebound at 3:46. Nashville 2 CBJ 1, 2nd Period.
Jackets on fire in this period! Ties the game at 2-2, 5:28 as Gabriel Carlsson, making his 2020-21 debut tonight, scores from the bottom of the LW circle. Assists Bjorkstrand and Grigorenko. Thinks are looking better!
STATISTICS THROUGH THE 2ND PERIOD
SHOTS: NSH 15 IN 2ND, 33 FOR THE GAME. CBJ HAD 10, 16 FOR THE GAME.
POWER PLAYS: NSH 1/3 CBJ 0/1
PIM: NSH 7 CBJ 11
FACEOFF WIN PCT: NSH 75% CBJ 25%
BLOCKED SHOTS: NSH 4 CBJ 12
TAKEAWAYS: NSH 4 CBJ 5
GIVEAWAYS: NSH 0 CBJ 5
HITS: NSH 19 CBJ 6
Reporter’s Analysis: 100% better play in the 2nd Period. CBJ played the way we are accustomed too. Finally got the puck out of their zone better. And goalie Elvis Merzlikins came through with big saves. Massive troubles on faceoffs tonight.
3rd Period underway and the first :45 seconds, Nashville scores two goals both unassisted. At :15, Calle Jarnkrok (L) from the high slot, 3-2. At :45, Filip Forsberg (R) off a non-clearing CBJ own zone mistake. 4-2 Nashville over CBJ.
And more bad news, Elvis Merzlikins got hit on the arm area by Viktor Arvidsson’s stick at the 17:20 mark. Too much pain and he is out, Joonas Korpisalo is in. 4-2 Nashville over CBJ 3rd Period.
Blue Jackets lose this tonight, 4-2. It all fell apart :45 into the 3rd period. Nashville, quite honestly was just better tonight. Got to get better concentration, improve zone play, stop early period goals and better defense.
IN GOAL TONIGHT
Speaking of goaltender Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators earned his 22nd career regular-season win against Columbus and surpassed Evgeni Nabokov (21) for the most against the club in NHL history.
FINAL GAME STATISTICS
SHOTS ON GOAL: NSH 45 CBJ 23
POWER PLAYS: NSH 1/4 CBJ 0/1
FACEOFF WIN PCT: NSH 61% CBJ 39%
PIM: NSH 7 CBJ 13
BLOCKED SHOTS: NSH 6 CBJ 13
GIVEAWAYS: NSH 1 CBJ 7
HITS: NSH 24 CBJ 13