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Thursday 4/4/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore



COLUMBUS (15-14-0-7, 37 pts.) at NASHVILLE (15-14-0-8, 38 pts.)
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Thursday, 4/4/2013 8:05 PM
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61COLUMBUS+140Ov 5,-125+115Ov 5,-105
62NASHVILLE-160Un 5,+105-135Un 5,-115
COLUMBUS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games15-21-0-2.615-21-2.615-192.426.12.730.0
Team Stats (Road Games)4-12-0-6.24-12-6.26-
Last 5 Games2-3-0-0.62-3-0.63-22.822.63.429.2
vs. Division6-8-0-0.26-8-0.25-72.425.92.630.4
COLUMBUS Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)3687213524759409.3%1281713.3%144
Team Stats (Road Games)163410148233769.0%5147.8%51
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)5144721111312.4%9111.1%20
Team Stats (vs. Division)14337159223639.1%531018.9%54
Stats Against (All Games) 973029317910819.0%1131614.2%167
Stats Against (Road Games) 512012172447010.9%541018.5%85
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 175561314611.6%13323.1%27
Stats Against (vs. Division) 361599344268.5%46613.0%60
COLUMBUS - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
SERGIE BOBROVSKY (All Games)262573067792.7%411-14-0.711-14-007-16
SERGIE BOBROVSKY (Road Games)101025823289.9%23-7-2.43-7-0-22-7
SERGIE BOBROVSKY (vs. Division)101027925792.1%15-5+1.75-5-0+33-5
SERGIE BOBROVSKY (Last 4 Games)44998989.9%11-3-1.81-3-0-22-2
STEVE MASON (All Games)131134631189.9%14-7-1.94-7-0-28-3
STEVE MASON (Road Games)7620918890.0%11-5-3.81-5-0-44-2
STEVE MASON (vs. Division)6414513593.1%11-3-1.81-3-0-22-2
STEVE MASON (Last 4 Games)43887787.5%02-1+1.32-1-0+13-0
CURTIS MCELHINNEY (All Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
CURTIS MCELHINNEY (Road Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
CURTIS MCELHINNEY (vs. Division)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
ALLEN YORK (All Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
ALLEN YORK (Road Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
ALLEN YORK (vs. Division)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0

NASHVILLE - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games15-22-0-7.615-22-7.614-192.525.92.726.9
Team Stats (Home Games)10-7-0+110-7+17-82.927.32.226.4
Last 5 Games2-3-0-1.62-3-1.61-22.432.62.829.0
vs. Division3-7-0-43-7-45-42.525.13.030.0
NASHVILLE Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)3792312432549599.6%1162118.1%157
Team Stats (Home Games)17502112143246410.8%531426.4%96
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)512426011637.4%1616.2%24
Team Stats (vs. Division)102513471125110.0%26726.9%48
Stats Against (All Games) 1003233278899410.1%1162622.4%165
Stats Against (Home Games) 3815118444488.5%48918.7%61
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 14822211459.7%12216.7%23
Stats Against (vs. Division) 3081183330010.0%28725.0%46
NASHVILLE - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
CHRIS MASON (All Games)8312711086.6%01-2-0.91-2-0-11-2
CHRIS MASON (Home Games)109666.7%00-000-0-000-0
CHRIS MASON (vs. Division)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
CHRIS MASON (Last 4 Games)40403280.0%00-000-0-000-0
PEKKA RINNE (All Games)353486579091.3%814-20-6.714-20-0-613-17
PEKKA RINNE (Home Games)171743940892.9%410-7+110-7-0+17-8
PEKKA RINNE (vs. Division)101030027391.0%23-7-43-7-0-45-4
PEKKA RINNE (Last 4 Games)4411010292.7%11-3-2.61-3-0-31-2
Average power rating of opponents played: COLUMBUS 3.16,  NASHVILLE 3.25
COLUMBUS - Schedule
3/9/2013DETROIT3-0W0, +105W5.5 unU
3/10/2013at DETROIT3-2W0, +160W5 ovP
3/12/2013VANCOUVER1-2L0, +125L5.5 unU
3/14/2013CHICAGO1-2L0, +130L5.5 unU
3/16/2013PHOENIX1-0W0, -110W5 ovU
3/19/2013NASHVILLE4-3W0, -115W5 unO
3/22/2013CALGARY5-1W0, -145W5 ovO
3/23/2013at NASHVILLE2-5L0, +145L5 ovO
3/26/2013at VANCOUVER0-1L0, +160L5 ovU
3/28/2013at EDMONTON4-6L0, +110L5 ovO
3/29/2013at CALGARY6-4W0, +125W5 ovO
3/31/2013ANAHEIM2-1W0, +120W5 ovU
4/4/2013at NASHVILLE 
4/5/2013at ST LOUIS 
4/9/2013SAN JOSE 
4/12/2013ST LOUIS 
4/13/2013at MINNESOTA 
4/15/2013at COLORADO 

NASHVILLE - Schedule
3/8/2013EDMONTON6-0W0, -185W5 unO
3/9/2013MINNESOTA1-2L0, -120L5 unU
3/12/2013at DALLAS4-0W0, +105W5 unU
3/14/2013at VANCOUVER4-7L0, +150L5 unO
3/15/2013at CALGARY3-6L0, +125L5 evO
3/17/2013at EDMONTON2-3L0, +100L5 ovP
3/19/2013at COLUMBUS3-4L0, -105L5 unO
3/21/2013CALGARY5-3W0, -145W5 ovO
3/23/2013COLUMBUS5-2W0, -165W5 ovO
3/25/2013EDMONTON3-2W0, -155W5 ovP
3/28/2013PHOENIX4-7L0, -160L5 ovO
3/30/2013at COLORADO0-1L0, +100L5 ovU
4/1/2013at CHICAGO2-3L0, +155L5 ovP
4/2/2013COLORADO3-1W0, -170W5 ovU
4/7/2013at CHICAGO 
4/9/2013ST LOUIS 

LAST SEASON: 29-46-7, 65 points. Missed playoffs by finishing last in the Western Conference.

COACH: Todd Richards, 2nd season with Blue Jackets, interim head coach last year, 18-21-2; 4th overall, 95-92-18 in NHL.

ADDED: RW Brandon Dubinsky, GT Sergei Bobrovsky, LW Nick Foligno, C Artem Anisimov, D Adrian Aucoin, D Tim Erixon.

LOST: RW Rick Nash; C Samuel Pahlsson; D Marc Methot; D Grant Clitsome; GT Curtis Sanford; D Brett Lebda.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Bobrovsky. Acquired in trade with Philadelphia, he'll likely either take over the starting job or push Steve Mason, who won the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year in the Blue Jackets' only playoff year in 2009 but has struggled in the past three seasons.

OUTLOOK: Coming off the worst record in the league, and with captain and lone offensive star Nash asking for a trade, the Blue Jackets transformed their roster by dealing him to the New York Rangers along with a minor-league defenseman and a third-round pick for Dubinsky, Anisimov, Erixon and a first-round pick. With three first-rounders this summer, new team president John Davidson is building for the future. These 48 games are hoped to be a first step back toward respectability.


LAST SEASON: 48-26-8, 104 points. Lost to Phoenix 4-1 in Western semifinals.

COACH: Barry Trotz, 14th season, all with Predators, 503-424-60.

ADDED: D Scott Hannan, G Chris Mason. Re-signed forwards Mike Fisher, Sergei Kostitsyn, Colin Wilson and Paul Gaustad to multi-year deals along with D Hal Gill and Kevin Klein.

LOST: D Ryan Suter, F Jordin Tootoo, D Francis Bouillon, F Alex Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn.

PLAYER TO WATCH: D Roman Josi. The Predators will start pairing the 22-year-old defenseman with captain Shea Weber trying to replace Suter, who averaged a team-high 26 minutes and 30 seconds of ice time per game last season. Josi averaged 18:23 with the Predators going 34-15-3 with him in the lineup last season and 14-11-5 without him.

OUTLOOK: With Weber and goalie Pekka Rinne now signed through the next six years, the Predators believe that core and youth has them primed to build on consecutive trips to the Western Conference semifinals and get them to the Stanley Cup.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (COLUMBUS-NASHVILLE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

(UPDATES with Predators dealing Erat to Capitals.)

*Blue Jackets-Predators Preview* ================================


Columbus (15-14-7) at Nashville (15-14-8), 8:00 p.m. EDT

Not much was expected from a Columbus Blue Jackets team that suffered through one of its worst seasons in its history in 2011-12, traded its franchise cornerstone in the offseason and were the worst team in the league in late February.

My, how things have changed.

Columbus, surprisingly fighting for one of the Western Conference's final playoff spots, turned into a buyer at the trade deadline and acquired seven-time 30-goal scorer Marian Gaborik before Thursday's road matchup with the Nashville Predators, who dealt veteran Martin Erat in a surprising move.

The Blue Jackets finished with an NHL-low 65 points last season and have made only one playoff appearance since entering league in 2000. They dealt disgruntled forward Rick Nash to the New York Rangers in July and appeared headed for a major rebuilding phase.

Columbus (15-14-7), though, isn't waiting to compete. It has gone 10-2-3 over its last 15 after Mark Letestu scored four minutes into overtime to beat Anaheim 2-1 on Sunday.

Sergei Bobrovsky made 28 saves and improved his goals-against average to 2.13.

"The one thing we can't change now is being satisfied," said coach Todd Richards, whose team was an NHL-worst 5-12-2 on Feb. 25. "We can't have that. You've climbed the mountain and you get there and you (can't) take a breath. We're only halfway up the mountain. There's still a lot of work in front of us."

President John Davidson and new general manager Jarmo Kekalainen appear to be far from satisfied. Bobrovsky's surprisingly stellar play allowed them to deal fellow goaltender Steve Mason to Philadelphia before giving up promising players in Derick Brassard - who scored Sunday - Derek Dorsett and John Moore to acquire Gaborik from the Rangers on Wednesday.

Gaborik, who has nine goals and 10 assists this year and three 40-goal seasons in his last five, waived his no-trade clause to join the surprising Blue Jackets. It's unclear if he'll play Thursday, but Gaborik should provide a scoring lift for a team that has a minus-10 differential in non-shootout goals.

"It seems like they're heading in the right direction and it's a new challenge for me," Gaborik said. "It's the first time I've been traded so it's something new for me, but I'm looking forward to it."

The Blue Jackets also acquired left wing Blake Comeau from the Calgary Flames for a fifth-round pick.

Columbus is 4-10-2 on the road this season and has won just six of its 37 all-time visits to Nashville, falling 5-2 at Bridgestone Arena on March 23. That contest was part of a current 4-1-2 stretch for the Predators (15-14-8), who are one point ahead of the Blue Jackets in the West standings but must move forward without one of its leading scorers.

Nashville traded Erat, who has four goals and 17 assists, to Washington after nine-plus seasons with the club for highly regarded prospect Filip Forsberg and minor-leaguer Michael Latta.

The Predators also traded defenseman Scott Hannan to San Jose for a conditional draft pick. They will attempt to move forward and win for the fifth time in six home games after Pekka Rinne made 25 saves in Tuesday's 3-1 win over Colorado.

"Everybody is happy and we are going forward with that, but we still have to win more games to get in the races," said Patric Hornqvist, whose power-play goal in the third tied the game.

Nashville has struggled at times but is in the hunt to make a fourth straight postseason appearance.

"We're right in the thick of things right now, which is great," coach Barry Trotz said.

Rinne has been solid of late, going 4-0-2 with a 2.20 goals-against average since March 21. He made 21 saves in the first meeting with Columbus and is 8-1-2 with a 2.34 GAA in his last 11 starts versus the Blue Jackets.

Last Updated: 5/26/2018 3:27:36 AM EST

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