Blue Jackets on road to Nashville for early afternoon game

FEB. 27, 2021 II at NASHVILLE PREDATORS II NATIONWIDE ARENA II 2 PM CT (3 PM ET)

CBJ BROADCAST INFORMATION

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

Radio:  97.1 FM             Bob McElligott (play-by-play), Dylan Tyrer (host)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS

Record:  8-8-5, 21 pts.  (5th, Discover Central Division) 

Goals:  2.81 Goals-For/3.33 Goals-Against… Shots:  28.7 Shots-For/32.1 Shots-Against

Power Play:  19.2 percent (19th-T NHL)… Penalty Kill:  72.3 percent (27th, NHL)

Penalty Minutes:  6.8 PIM (2nd, NHL)… Overtime Record (Shootout):  1-3-2 (1-2)

NASHVILLE PREDATORS

Record:  8-11-0, 16 pts. (7th, Discover Central Division)

Goals:  2.26 Goals-For/3.26 Goals-Against… Shots:  32.0 Shots-For/29.1 Shots-Against

Power Play:  17.9 percent (21st, NHL)… Penalty Kill:  70.3 percent (28th-T, NHL)

Penalty Minutes:  9.3 PIM (24th, NHL)… Overtime Record (Shootout):  3-0-0 (1-0)

Players to Watch:  LW Filip Forsberg (leads team with 9-8-17 in 19 GP); D Roman Josi (captured 2019-20 Norris Trophy as NHL’s best defenseman)

ALL-TIME SERIES

Results:  Columbus has gone 28-51-1-11 in 91 regular season games vs. the Predators, including a 9-31-1-6 mark on the road… Of Note: The clubs competed as Central Division rivals over 12 seasons from 2000-13… The winning team has scored three-plus goals in 14-straight meetings, including four or more goals in 11 of those outings… The Predators have won nine of the last 12 games in the series since Mar. 26, 2016 (CBJ; 3-8-1)… Columbus has killed off 15-of-16 Nashville power play attempts in the past seven meetings… Goals:  CBJ – 202, NSH – 276… CBJ PP:  54-of-336 (16.1 pct.)…CBJ PK:  318-of-386 (82.4 pct.).

This Season (CBJ, 1-3-0)

Jan. 14 – at Nashville 3, COLUMBUS 1

Jan. 16 – at Nashville 5, COLUMBUS 2

Feb. 18 – at COLUMBUS 3, Nashville 0

Feb. 20 – Nashville 4, at COLUMBUS 2

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 kicks off a stretch of four-of-five games away from Nationwide Arena on Saturday… The club is in the middle of a span of four games in six days from Feb. 23-28 (0-1-1)… The Blue Jackets will play their fourth of nine scheduled back-to-back sets on Saturday and Sunday in Nashville.  The club is 4-1-1 in back-to-back games this season (2-1-0 in 1st game/2-0-1 in 2nd game)… The Blue Jackets have scored the game’s first goal in a League-high 14 of their 21 games… The Blue Jackets rank fifth-T in the NHL in power play percentage in the month of February (26.9 pct.; 7-of-26).

CBJ PLAYER NOTES

RW Cam Atkinson ranks fifth-T in the NHL in goals in February, recording 7-5-12 (11 GP) of his 8-8-16 (21 GP) in the month… RW Oliver Bjorkstrand leads the team in assists (tied), points (tied) and multi-point efforts with 6-10-16 and five multi-point outings in 21 games… C Boone Jenner has posted 3-2-5 in the past seven outings and ranks 10th-T in the NHL in goals scored on the road this season with 5-2-7 in nine road contests… D Seth Jones, who was selected by Nashville fourth overall at the 2013 NHL Draft, has collected 1-9-10 in the past 11 games… RW Patrik Laine has posted 6-4-10 and three power play goals in his last 10 games with the club… C Jack Roslovic has collected points in eight of the last 12 games with 4-8-12.

MILESTONES

•     C Max Domi is four games from 400 in his NHL career (84-174-258, 396 GP).

•     D Scott Harrington is three games from 200 in his NHL career (7-30-37, 197 GP).

•     C Jack Roslovic is six games from 200 in his NHL career (30-49-79, 194 GP).

OhioHEALTH INJURY REPORT

•       G Elvis Merzlikins (upper body; Injured Reserve) is week-to-week.

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

                              o TOTAL MAN GAMES LOST:  54.

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