|13||COLUMBUS||-110||Ov 5.5,+120||-110||Ov 5.5,+120|
|14||NASHVILLE||-110||Un 5.5,-140||-110||Un 5.5,-140|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||14-18-0||-1.2||14-18||-1.2||17-13||2.6||27.8||3.1||31.7|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||+1||3-2||+1||4-1||3.0||26.4||3.4||30.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||63||185||61||55||64||5||11||1797||10.3%||213||41||19.2%||307|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||32||84||27||28||24||5||4||891||9.4%||103||16||15.5%||137|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||15||7||5||3||0||2||132||11.4%||14||4||28.6%||25|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||178||43||60||70||5||8||1937||9.2%||224||41||18.3%||304|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||98||26||29||40||3||2||1016||9.6%||110||24||21.8%||171|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||17||6||6||5||0||1||150||11.3%||16||4||25.0%||26|
|SERGIE BOBROVSKY (All Games)||42||42||1216||1113||91.5%||1||23-19||+3.1||23-19-0||+2||24-15|
|SERGIE BOBROVSKY (Road Games)||22||22||657||597||90.9%||0||9-13||-2.2||9-13-0||-3||11-9|
|SERGIE BOBROVSKY(vs. Non-Conference)||13||13||378||337||89.2%||0||5-8||-3.8||5-8-0||-4||9-4|
|SERGIE BOBROVSKY (Last 4 Games)||4||4||100||90||90.0%||0||3-1||+2||3-1-0||+2||3-1|
|CURTIS MCELHINNEY (All Games)||23||18||600||544||90.7%||1||8-10||-1.2||8-10-0||-2||8-10|
|CURTIS MCELHINNEY (Road Games)||12||9||306||274||89.5%||0||4-5||-0.1||4-5-0||-1||5-4|
|CURTIS MCELHINNEY(vs. Non-Conference)||8||6||212||192||90.6%||1||4-2||+2.5||4-2-0||+2||3-3|
|CURTIS MCELHINNEY (Last 4 Games)||4||2||85||76||89.4%||0||1-1||0||1-1-0||0||1-1|
|MIKE MCKENNA (All Games)||4||3||114||103||90.4%||0||1-2||-1.2||1-2-0||-1||2-1|
|MIKE MCKENNA (Road Games)||2||1||51||47||92.2%||0||1-0||+1||1-0-0||+1||1-0|
|MIKE MCKENNA(vs. Non-Conference)||2||2||63||56||88.9%||0||0-2||-2.2||0-2-0||-2||1-1|
|MIKE MCKENNA (Last 4 Games)||4||3||114||103||90.4%||0||1-2||-1.2||1-2-0||-1||2-1|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||15-19-0||-4.6||15-19||-4.6||12-15||2.4||29.4||2.9||27.5|
|Last 5 Games||1-4-0||-3.2||1-4||-3.2||1-4||1.6||29.4||3.0||20.2|
|Team Stats (All Games)||63||152||48||49||52||3||5||1840||8.3%||194||39||20.1%||262|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||34||82||27||24||29||2||2||998||8.2%||107||23||21.5%||144|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||8||2||3||3||0||0||147||5.4%||21||4||19.0%||15|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||190||59||61||60||10||12||1810||10.5%||193||39||20.2%||324|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||100||26||35||35||4||6||935||10.7%||99||22||22.2%||168|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||15||4||5||6||0||1||101||14.9%||14||3||21.4%||24|
|DEVAN DUBNYK (All Games)||34||30||945||842||89.1%||2||10-20||-9.4||10-20-0||-9||18-10|
|DEVAN DUBNYK (Home Games)||15||14||392||346||88.3%||1||5-9||-4.6||5-9-0||-4||8-6|
|DEVAN DUBNYK (Last 4 Games)||4||4||129||112||86.8%||0||1-3||-1.7||1-3-0||-1||4-0|
|MAGNUS HELLBERG (All Games)||1||1||4||3||75.0%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||1-0|
|MAGNUS HELLBERG (Home Games)||1||1||4||3||75.0%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||1-0|
|MAGNUS HELLBERG(vs. Non-Conference)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|MAGNUS HELLBERG (Last 4 Games)||1||1||4||3||75.0%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||1-0|
|CARTER HUTTON (All Games)||32||28||821||741||90.3%||1||14-14||+2.5||14-14-0||+2||12-10|
|CARTER HUTTON (Home Games)||14||11||337||307||91.1%||0||7-4||+3.3||7-4-0||+3||3-5|
|CARTER HUTTON(vs. Non-Conference)||11||8||202||180||89.1%||1||4-4||+0.5||4-4-0||0||3-2|
|CARTER HUTTON (Last 4 Games)||4||4||95||83||87.4%||0||1-3||-2.2||1-3-0||-2||1-2|
|MAREK MAZANEC (All Games)||25||22||650||586||90.2%||0||8-14||-5.8||8-14-0||-6||9-10|
|MAREK MAZANEC (Home Games)||15||14||390||349||89.5%||0||5-9||-4.4||5-9-0||-4||6-6|
|MAREK MAZANEC(vs. Non-Conference)||16||14||387||346||89.4%||0||4-10||-6.2||4-10-0||-6||6-6|
|MAREK MAZANEC (Last 4 Games)||4||4||100||89||89.0%||0||1-3||-2.4||1-3-0||-2||1-3|
|PEKKA RINNE (All Games)||11||10||270||246||91.1%||1||4-6||-1.8||4-6-0||-2||1-7|
|PEKKA RINNE (Home Games)||7||7||172||155||90.1%||0||3-4||-1.2||3-4-0||-1||1-4|
|PEKKA RINNE(vs. Non-Conference)||5||5||115||102||88.7%||0||3-2||+1.3||3-2-0||+1||1-3|
|PEKKA RINNE (Last 4 Games)||4||4||98||91||92.9%||1||1-3||-1.6||1-3-0||-2||0-4|
|Average power rating of opponents played: COLUMBUS 3.08, NASHVILLE 3.22|
|2/27/2014||at NEW JERSEY||2-5||L||0, -105||L||5 un||O|
|3/1/2014||FLORIDA||6-3||W||0, -200||W||5.5 un||O|
|3/3/2014||at TORONTO||2-1||W||0, -110||W||5.5 ov||U|
|3/4/2014||DALLAS||4-2||W||0, -140||W||5.5 ev||O|
|3/6/2014||at CHICAGO||1-6||L||0, +165||L||5.5 ov||O|
|3/8/2014||at NASHVILLE|| |
|3/10/2014||at DALLAS|| |
|3/13/2014||SAN JOSE|| |
|3/15/2014||at MINNESOTA|| |
|2/27/2014||TAMPA BAY||3-2||W||0, -110||W||5.5 un||U|
|3/1/2014||WINNIPEG||1-3||L||0, -115||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/4/2014||PITTSBURGH||1-3||L||0, +125||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/6/2014||ST LOUIS||1-2||L||0, +130||L||5 ov||U|
|3/10/2014||at OTTAWA|| |
|3/11/2014||at BUFFALO|| |
|3/14/2014||at CHICAGO|| |
|3/15/2014||ST LOUIS|| |
|3/18/2014||at EDMONTON|| |
|3/19/2014||at VANCOUVER|| |
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The top three topics on sports talk shows in this city are usually Ohio State football, Ohio State football recruiting and Ohio State football's spring practices.
The Columbus Blue Jackets haven't upset that pecking order, although they are elbowing their way into the conversation.
Dead last in the league early in the NHL's shortened last season, the Blue Jackets suddenly found the winning touch. They went 19-5-5 down the stretch, energizing their fan base and shocking a lot of opponents used to walking over the 12-year-old franchise.
With the addition of free agent Nathan Horton to go with Vezina Trophy-winning goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky and a solid if largely unknown roster of proven pros, the Blue Jackets are expecting big things as they prep for a season of promise.
|NASHVILLE: NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Making the playoffs has become so automatic for the Nashville Predators that they didn't react well to finishing below .500 for the first time in a decade.|
They went shopping in a very big way hoping to make sure thatdoesn't happen again.
The Predators opened free agency signing five of the seven players they added on the first day. Right wing Viktor Stalberg from Stanley Cup champ Chicago is the key addition, and they also added Eric Nystrom, and Matt Hendricks and center Matt Cullen, who helped Carolina win the Stanley Cup in 2006.
"It shows all the commitment," captain Shea Weber said. "They made those moves, and they addressed the needs we have. They filled some spots, and obviously everyone's going to see what those guys are capable of. And we're going to see what they can do in the locker room as well."
Nashville will be looking for its eighth playoff berth in a decade this season trying to bounce back from a 16-23-9 record that put them 14th in the Western Conference.
"We feel like we're back to having the depth and the pieces to do what we need to do," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said.
The Predators will need scoring from the new players.
They averaged just 2.27 goals per game last season, tying Florida for the worst scoring average in the NHL. Stalberg is expected to be the biggest addition if he can prove that all he needed was more playing time after struggling to find ice time behind the offensive stars in Chicago. He tied for fifth in goals in Chicago despite ranking 20th in minutes per game last season.
"All the guys in the locker room expect us to be back in the playoffs this year and to make a run," Stalberg said. "We got what it takes in here. It's a matter of putting it all together and finding a way to win hockey games."
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (COLUMBUS-NASHVILLE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Blue Jackets-Predators Preview* ================================
Columbus (32-26-5) at Nashville (26-27-10), 8:00 p.m. EDT
The Columbus Blue Jackets are down three defensemen as they get ready to face a Nashville Predators team struggling to score during a three-game skid.
The Predators may like their chances of winning Saturday night if they start Pekka Rinne, who owns a stellar home record against the Blue Jackets.
Columbus (32-26-5) will be missing Fedor Tyutin, Ryan Murray and Nikita Nikitin. Tyutin was hurt playing for Russia in the Olympics and Murray will miss his third straight game with a lower-body injury.
The Blue Jackets were forced to recall defenseman Frederic St. Denis from the minors in the wake of Nikitin's upper-body injury suffered in Thursday's 6-1 loss to Chicago in the opener of a three-game trip.
"Unfortunately the blue line is getting hit with injuries right now and we've got to do our best to stay strong," defenseman Jack Johnson said. "Yes, they would help for sure but that's life, we can't sit there and say we would have done better if we had them because the season isn't going to stop."
Nashville (26-27-10) may not be poised to take advantage since it has scored one goal in each game of its slide. The Predators were stymied by Ryan Miller as they fell 2-1 to St. Louis on Thursday.
"We had a couple of looks, and when we had those looks, we weren't able to get it by Miller," coach Barry Trotz said. "So yeah, it's a little bit frustrating because you're playing well in a lot of areas of your game and not getting any points."
Rinne made 20 saves in his second straight start in his return to action after being out since Oct. 22 with a hip injury.
If Rinne gets another start Saturday, he will look to improve on an 11-1-2 mark and 2.30 goals-against average in 14 home starts against the Blue Jackets - a former Central Division rival for the Predators.
Columbus went 4-1-0 in the 2012-13 season series but turned in one of its worst performances of this season in a 4-0 home loss to the Predators on Nov. 27. The Blue Jackets have scored in all 38 games since.
Nashville is still adjusting to life without David Legwand, who was tied with Shea Weber for the team lead with 40 points before being traded Wednesday to Detroit for forwards Patrick Eaves, Calle Jarnkrok and a draft pick.
Eaves played 6:59 against the Blues in his Predators debut.
"He's been in Detroit for a lot of time, maybe he can give us some winning mojo," Trotz said. "I know he's a very detailed guy who has a tremendous work ethic who is very professional so you're bringing in an element like that to a very young team."
The playoff-chasing Blue Jackets were outplayed the rest of the way Thursday after Ryan Johansen scored his team-leading 25th goal in the first period to tie the game.
"It's frustrating because we didn't play our game and who knows what these points, what difference they'll make at the end of the season," Johansen said.
Artem Anisimov was held without a point after he totaled five goals and an assist over the first four games after the Olympic break.
|Last Updated: 8/28/2014 10:24:17 AM EST|