Preview #63: Can Predators Use Sunday Game to Turn Things Around?


By Amanda DiPaolo

Season Records

Columbus Blue Jackets 31-26-6

Nashville Predators 31-23-8

Calvert providing some serious offense for the Blue Jackets (Photo: AP)

The Columbus Blue Jackets have gone 8-1-1 in their last 10 games and are on a 3 game winning streak. The last time these two teams met was less than a week ago. The Blue Jackets shutout the Predators 4-0, handing Nashville their third consecutive loss at Nationwide Arena.

On Saturday afternoon, the Predators lost their fourth game in a row, this time to a slumping Dallas Stars squad. Sunday’s game is the last home game for the Predators until March 10th, as they are set to go on the road to Western Canada with a stop in San Jose along the way.

The Blue Jackets’ roster just got a bit deeper on the depth chart. Columbus picked up Craig Rivet on re-entry waivers. The veteran defenseman was the captain of the Buffalo Sabres.

Also keep an eye out for Matt Calvert. The Blue Jackets also have found offense in the rookie lately. Calvert scored against the Predators last Tuesday and just scored his first career hat trick Friday night against the Phoenix Coyotes.

Having lost four in a row and now out of the top 8 teams in the Western Conference, Nashville will be looking to finally turn things around before heading out on a road trip. Nashville needs to find some sustained offense of their own and to keep out of the box.

The Predators will almost certainly have to play a more disciplined game than they have as of late if they want to pick up the two points on Sunday. While Nashville’s penalty kill remains solid and is still amongst the League leaders, the Blue Jackets have scored a pair of power play goals in each of the last five games.

Columbus has proven this season that they cannot be overlooked. While the Predators own the longest active home-winning streak in the NHL at 15-0-0 against Columbus, such a solid statistic is nothing to get overly confident over. This year the Blue Jackets are having relative success against the Predators with Steve Mason shutting them out twice in Columbus this season.

Game time is a special 2pm start time. Tickets are still available.

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