Blue Jackets try to get back on the winning side of things today at Nashville, 3 PM ET

FEB. 28, 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:  105.7 FM           Bob McElligott (play-by-play), Dylan Tyrer (host)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS

Record:  8-9-5, 21 pts.  (5th, Discover Central Division) 

Goals:  2.73 Goals-For/3.27 Goals-Against… Shots:  28.8 Shots-For/32.2 Shots-Against

Power Play:  18.2 percent (20th, NHL)… Penalty Kill:  74.5 percent (26th, NHL)

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

NASHVILLE PREDATORS

Record:  9-11-0, 18 pts. (6th, Discover Central Division)

Goals:  2.25 Goals-For/3.15 Goals-Against… Shots:  32.1 Shots-For/29.2 Shots-Against

Power Play:  16.9 percent (22nd, NHL)… Penalty Kill:  71.6 percent (29th, NHL)

Penalty Minutes:  9.1 PIM (24th, NHL)… Overtime Record (Shootout):  3-0-0 (1-0)

Players to Watch:  LW Filip Forsberg (leads team with 9-9-18 in 20 GP); D Roman Josi (captured 2019-20 Norris Trophy as NHL’s best defenseman)

ALL-TIME SERIES

Results:  Columbus has gone 28-52-1-11 in 92 regular season games vs. the Predators, including a 9-32-1-6 mark on the road… Of Note: The clubs competed as Central Division rivals over 12 seasons from 2000-13… The winning team had scored three-plus goals in 14-straight meetings prior to Saturday’s 2-1 outcome… The winning club has posted four or more goals in 11 of the last 15 outings… The Predators have won 10 of the last 13 games in the series since Mar. 26, 2016 (CBJ; 3-9-1)… Columbus has killed off 19-of-20 Nashville power play attempts in the past eight meetings (95.0 pct)… Goals:  CBJ – 203, NSH – 278… CBJ PP:  54-of-339 (15.9 pct.)…CBJ PK:  322-of-390 (82.6 pct.).

This Season (CBJ, 1-4-0)

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 2, COLUMBUS 1

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 is in the middle of a stretch of four-of-five games away from Nationwide Arena from Feb. 27-Mar. 6… The club plays the final game of four-in-six day stretch from Feb. 23-28 (0-2-1)… The Blue Jackets conclude their fourth of nine scheduled back-to-back sets on Sunday in Nashville.  The club is 4-2-1 in back-to-back games this season (2-0-1 in 2nd game).  CBJ are 7-3-1 in second games since Dec. 17, 2019, including 6-1-1 in second games when played on the road over that stretch… The Blue Jackets have scored the game’s first goal in a League-high 15 of their 22 games… The Blue Jackets are playing their fifth (2-2-0) of seven matinee contests in 2020-21 on Sunday (before 5pm start). The team has gone 10-4-3 in its last 17 matinees since Nov. 20, 2016 where puck drop has been 3pm or earlier (local time).

CBJ PLAYER NOTES

RW Cam Atkinson tallied Columbus’ lone goal on Saturday and ranks third-T in the NHL in goals in February, recording 8-5-13 (12 GP) of his 9-8-17 (22 GP) in the month… RW Oliver Bjorkstrand leads the team in assists (tied) and multi-point efforts with 6-10-16 and five multi-point outings in 22 games… C Boone Jenner has posted 3-3-6 in the past eight outings after picking up an assist on Saturday and has tallied 5-3-8 in 10 road contests in 2020-21… D Seth Jones, who was selected by Nashville fourth overall at the 2013 NHL Draft, has collected 1-9-10 in the past 12 games… G Joonas Korpisalo has allowed three goals combined in his last two starts (1.51 GAA), stopping 56-of-59 shots since Thursday (.949 SV%)… RW Patrik Laine has posted 6-4-10 and three power play goals in his last 11 games with the club… C Jack Roslovic has collected points in nine of the last 13 games with 4-9-13 after recording an assist on Saturday.

MILESTONES

•     C Max Domi is three games from 400 in his NHL career (84-174-258, 397 GP).

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

•     C Jack Roslovic is five games from 200 in his NHL career (30-50-80, 195 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:  56.

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