Preview: Nashville at Columbus

When: 6:00 PM  ET, Sunday, February 19, 2017
Where: Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio
Matchup Edge
NAS Edge in: CLB
Offense
Defense
Power Play
Penalty Kill
Face Offs
Discipline
Goaltending


The Columbus Blue Jackets would love to enter their upcoming five-day break with a three-game winning streak, and they can do so with a victory over the visiting Nashville Predators on Sunday. Columbus is coming off an important 2-1 overtime triumph over Pittsburgh on Friday - a win that improved it to 3-2-0 on its seven-game homestand.

Brandon Dubinsky is riding a four-game point streak after scoring the winning goal for the Blue Jackets, who trail the Penguins by one point for second place in the Metropolitan Division. Nashville was flat in its return from a five-day break, dropping a 5-2 decision at Minnesota on Saturday in the opener of a back-to-back set. Colin Wilson scored one goal and set up the other as the Predators suffered their third consecutive road loss and third in four overall contests. Ryan Johansen, who leads Nashville with 40 points, pays his first visit to Nationwide Arena since being traded by the Blue Jackets on Jan. 6, 2016.

TV: 6 p.m. ET, FSN Tennessee (Nashville), FSN Ohio (Columbus)

ABOUT THE PREDATORS (27-22-8): Johansen has gone six games without a goal and remains four away from 100 for his career. The 24-year-old center, who tops the team in both assists (31) and power-play points (17), was a season-worst minus-4 in Saturday's loss. Craig Smith has been kept off the scoresheet in each of his last eight contests, leaving him three points shy of 200 in the NHL.

ABOUT THE BLUE JACKETS (37-15-5): Dubinsky, who notched an assist in the previous meeting with Nashville, has recorded two goals and three assists during his streak and is three points shy of 400 for his career. Dubinsky, as well as Matt Calvert, needs one goal to become the 10th member of the Blue Jackets to reach double digits this season. Scott Hartnell is expected to return to the lineup after missing the previous two games with knee and calf injuries.

OVERTIME

1. Blue Jackets C Lukas Sedlak left Friday's game with a lower-body injury and is day-to-day.

2. Nashville LW Kevin Fiala was recalled from Milwaukee of the American Hockey League but was a healthy scratch on Saturday.

3. Columbus D David Savard's next point will be the 100th of his career.

PREDICTION: Blue Jackets 4, Predators 2

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Nashville 27-22-5-3 L1 16-7-4-2 11-15-1-1 3-3-1-0 24-19-4-3 12-9-1-0
Columbus 37-15-4-1 W2 21-8-1-0 16-7-3-1 6-0-0-0 31-15-4-1 10-6-1-0

Last Meeting

Nashville Columbus
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
1/26/17 CLB 3 NAS 4 32 30 1-3 33 28 0-2

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
NAS M. Ekholm 2
CLB S. Jones 2
Goals Player  
NAS C. Smith 2
CLB R. Murray 1
Assists Player  
NAS M. Ekholm 2
CLB S. Jones 2
Saves Player  
NAS P. Rinne 30
CLB S. Bobrovsky 28
Season
Total Points Player  
NAS R. Johansen 40
CLB C. Atkinson 50
Goals Player  
NAS V. Arvidsson 18
CLB C. Atkinson 27
Assists Player  
NAS R. Johansen 31
CLB A. Wennberg 36
Saves Player  
NAS P. Rinne 1171
CLB S. Bobrovsky 1219

Quickchart Matchup

Nashville Off vs  Columbus Def
2.77 GF
2.42 GA
31.8 Shots
30.2 Shots
35 PP
28 PK
Columbus Off vs  Nashville Def
3.19 GF
2.68 GA
30.7 Shots
30.3 Shots
36 PP
33 PK

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Nashville Overall Columbus
27-22-5-3 W/L 37-15-4-1
25-32 ATS 30-27
29-24 O/U 23-30
2.77 Goals For 3.19
2.68 Goals Agnst 2.42
Nashville A/H Columbus
11-15-1-1 W/L 21-8-1-0
13-15 ATS 14-16
16-12 O/U 11-19
2.57 Goals For 3.27
3.00 Goals Agnst 2.17