Blue Jackets ends season’s series with Nashville tonight at 7 PM

MAY 5, 2021 II vs. NASHVILLE PREDATORS II NATIONWIDE ARENA II 7 PM ET

CBJ BROADCAST INFORMATION

TV:  Bally Sports Ohio           Jeff Rimer (play-by-play), Jody Shelley (color analyst), Dave Maetzold (reporter)              
Radio:  97.1 The Fan              Bob McElligott (play-by-play), Dylan Tyrer (host)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS

Record: 16-25-12, 44 pts. (8th, Discover Central Division) 

Goals:  2.32 Goals-For/3.26 Goals-Against… Shots:  29.0 Shots-For/32.3 Shots-Against

Power Play:  14.9 percent (27th, NHL)… Penalty Kill:  79.9 percent (16th, NHL)

Penalty Minutes:  7.2 PIM (7th-T, NHL)… Overtime Record (Shootout):  5-9-3 (3-3)

NASHVILLE PREDATORS

Record: 29-22-2, 60 pts. (4th, Discover Central Division)

Goals:  2.66 Goals-For/2.81 Goals-Against… Shots:  30.0 Shots-For/31.6 Shots-Against

Power Play:  17.9 percent (25th, NHL)… Penalty Kill:  75.0 percent (29th, NHL)

Penalty Minutes:  9.3 PIM (26th-T, NHL)… Overtime Record (Shootout):  10-2-0 (5-0)

Players to Watch:  LW Filip Forsberg (Forward has 12-19-31 and 3 GWG in 36 GP); D Roman Josi (Captain, who captured 2019-20 Norris Trophy as NHL’s best defenseman, leads club with 8-25-33 in 46 GP)

ALL-TIME SERIES

Results:  Columbus has gone 28-53-1-12 in 94 regular season games vs. the Predators, including a 19-20-0-6 mark at home… Of Note: The clubs competed as Central Division rivals over 12 seasons from 2000-13… The Blue Jackets have recorded points in three of the past four meetings at Nationwide Arena (2-1-1)… The winning team had scored three-plus goals in 16 of the past 17 games and has posted four or more goals in 12 of the last 17 outings… The Predators have won 12 of the last 15 games in the series since Mar. 26, 2016 (CBJ; 3-10-2)… Columbus has killed off 22-of-25 Nashville power play attempts in the past 10 meetings (88.0 pct)… Goals:  CBJ – 207, NSH – 285… CBJ PP:  55-of-345 (15.9 pct.)…CBJ PK:  325-of-395 (82.3 pct.).

This Season (CBJ, 1-5-1)

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 3 , COLUMBUS 1

May 3 – Nashville 4, at COLUMBUS 3 (OT)

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

The Blue Jackets have recorded points in four-straight games (1-0-3) following a 4-3 overtime loss to Nashville on Monday… Each of the past four contests have been decided after regulation… CBJ continue their season-ending four-game homestand on Wednesday… Columbus has killed off 50-of-56 opponent power play attempts in the past 22 games since March 20 (89.3 pct; 2nd in NHL) and 54-of-60 over the last 25 since March 13 (88.3 pct.; 1st in NHL)… The Blue Jackets have played in 27 one-goal games this season… CBJ have scored the first goal of the game on 31 occasions, tied for fifth-most in the NHL… The Blue Jackets play their lone Wednesday contest of the season.

CBJ PLAYER NOTES

RW Cam Atkinson ranks second on the club in goals and third in points with 14-17-31 in 53 appearances… RW Emil Bemstrom notched the first hat trick of his career and sixth natural hat trick in franchise history with three third period goals in Monday’s overtime loss… RW Oliver Bjorkstrand, who has 1-6-7 in the past eight contests, leads the club in goals, assists, points and multi-point efforts (tied) with 15-24-39 and eight multi-point outings in 53 games.  He is one point from tying his single-season career high (2017-18)… C Max Domi has posted 3-7-10 in his last 14 games played… D Seth Jones, who ranks fifth in the NHL in TOI/G (25:15), is one of nine players in the NHL to record 90-plus hits (98) and blocked shots (93) this season… C Jack Roslovic has 4-6-10 and three multi-point efforts in the last 13 appearances and has set career highs in assists and points this season with 10-22-32 in 45 GP.

MILESTONES

•     RW Cam Atkinson is one point from 400 in his NHL career (212-187-399, 623 GP).

•     RW Oliver Bjorkstrand is one game from 300 in his NHL career (80-92-172, 299 GP).

•     C Jack Rolsovic is one point from 100 in his NHL career (36-63-99, 225 GP).

•     HC John Tortorella (671) is two wins from surpassing Mike Keenan (672) for 12th-most wins in NHL history.

OhioHEALTH INJURY REPORT

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

•       C Boone Jenner (broken finger on Apr. 6) is expected to miss six weeks.

•       D Zach Werenski (inguinal/sports hernia: Injured Reserve) is out for the rest of the season.

•       G Joonas Korpisalo (lower body injury on Apr. 25) is out for the rest of the season.

                              o TOTAL MAN GAMES LOST:  149.

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