Preview: Nashville at Columbus

When: 7:00 PM  ET, Monday, December 22, 2014
Where: Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio
Matchup Edge
NAS Edge in: CLB
Offense
Defense
Power Play
Penalty Kill
Face Offs
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Goaltending



The Columbus Blue Jackets attempt to begin another winning streak as they continue their five-game homestand against the Nashville Predators on Monday. Columbus had its seven-game run snapped in overtime by Washington in the opener of the stretch at Nationwide Arena but bounced back with a 3-2 shootout triumph over Chicago on Saturday. Defenseman Jack Johnson scored the decisive goal in the ninth round of the bonus format as the Blue Jackets extended their point streak to nine games (8-0-1).

Columbus has not lost in regulation since Nov. 29, when it dropped a 2-1 decision at Nashville for its sixth straight defeat (0-5-1). The Predators have gone 5-3-0 since, including a wild 6-5 overtime victory at Minnesota on Saturday. Nashville squandered a two-goal lead in the latter half of the third period before defenseman Mattias Ekholm secured the win 1:45 into the extra session.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, FSN Tennessee (Nashville), FSN Ohio (Columbus)

ABOUT THE PREDATORS (21-8-2): Nashville was without James Neal against the Wild due to an illness, but the left wing could return to face the Blue Jackets. Pekka Rinne raised his league-leading total to 21 victories Saturday despite allowing more than three goals for the first time since Nov. 13. The 32-year-old Finn is 16-7-2 lifetime against Columbus, his highest win total versus any team.

ABOUT THE BLUE JACKETS (14-15-3): Seven of Columbus' nine games this month have gone beyond regulation, including each of the last six. The Blue Jackets are 2-2 in overtime and 4-1 in shootouts this season. Nick Foligno leads the team with 16 goals, which is two shy of his career high set last campaign.

OVERTIME

1. Blue Jackets C Ryan Johansen is second on the team with nine goals but has gone nine games without a tally.

2. Predators C Filip Forsberg leads the team - and all NHL rookies - with 13 goals and 31 points.

3. Nashville is an impressive 52-18-7 in the all-time series.

PREDICTION: Blue Jackets 2, Predators 1

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Nashville 21-8-1-1 W2 12-2-0-1 9-6-1-0 0-0-0-0 21-8-1-1 9-3-1-0
Columbus 14-15-2-1 W1 7-8-1-1 7-7-1-0 0-1-0-0 14-14-2-1 5-4-2-0

Last Meeting

Nashville Columbus
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
11/29/14 CLB 1 NAS 2 42 21 0-4 22 40 1-4

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
NAS C. Jarnkrok 1
CLB N. Foligno 1
Goals Player  
NAS M. Ribeiro 1
CLB R. Johansen 1
Assists Player  
NAS C. Jarnkrok 1
CLB N. Foligno 1
Saves Player  
NAS P. Rinne 21
CLB C. McElhinney 40
Season
Total Points Player  
NAS F. Forsberg 31
CLB N. Foligno 30
Goals Player  
NAS F. Forsberg 13
CLB N. Foligno 16
Assists Player  
NAS F. Forsberg 18
CLB R. Johansen 20
Saves Player  
NAS P. Rinne 739
CLB S. Bobrovsky 702

Quickchart Matchup

Nashville Off vs  Columbus Def
2.68 GF
3.16 GA
32.1 Shots
33.9 Shots
12 PP
24 PK
Columbus Off vs  Nashville Def
2.34 GF
2.03 GA
27.7 Shots
28.3 Shots
27 PP
17 PK

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home Away over/under
OPEN 122 -135
-133
5
Offshore Odds
CarbonSports 125 -145
-140
5
Sportsbook 125 -145
-140
5
5Dimes.eu 120 -140
-140
5
GTBets.eu 120 -140
-140
5
Top Bet 120 -140
-140
5
BetOnline.ag 125 -138
-137
5
BetDSI 121 -141
130
5.5
AllYouBet.ag OFF OFF OFF
BetDNA.com 116 -145
-145
5
Belmont 125 -145
-140
5
BookMaker.eu 121 -141
130
5.5
Vegas Odds
Westgate
125
-135
120
5
Mirage OFF OFF OFF
Station -175
155
OFF
Best home line Best road line Recent line moves

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Nashville Overall Columbus
21-8-1-1 W/L 14-15-2-1
13-18 ATS 17-15
8-20 O/U 15-16
2.68 Goals For 2.34
2.03 Goals Agnst 3.16
Nashville A/H Columbus
9-6-1-0 W/L 7-8-1-1
11-5 ATS 6-11
5-11 O/U 9-7
3.00 Goals For 2.35
2.06 Goals Agnst 3.47