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Game Recap: Nashville Predators v. Columbus Blue Jackets

Your Nashville Predators travelled to Columbus to take on the Blue Jackets and picked up a 4-0 win. Nashville controlled the tempo from the start of the game and never took their foot off of the gas.

The Predators continued their streak of solid play against Columbus on Wednesday night. They came out aggressive and every line continued to apply pressure to an injury-depleted Blue Jackets team. The Preds pushed the tempo and their aggressive forecheck was the catalyst for a number of scoring opportunities and resulted in a couple of goals.

The Preds opened the scoring at 9:58 of the first when Matt Cullen put a one-timer from the bottom of the circle into the Columbus net. Cullen made a strong play to establish puck possession in the Columbus zone before sending the puck back to Ryan Ellis at the point. Ellis displayed great vision and patience and made a perfect pass back down to Cullen for the goal. It was Cullen’s 5th goal of the season and after adding an assist later in the game, he has 7 points in the last 4 games.

The second goal came on a scramble in front of the net on the power play. Mike Fisher was able to bang home a loose puck to give the Preds a 2-0 lead. This goal was one of many chances the Preds generated from sending the puck to the net and following it with bodies. Nashville finished the game 1 for 3 on the power play. David Legwand and Nick Spaling also scored for the Preds. Legwand’s goal was his 20th point of the season, which is still good for the team lead.

Nashville has played two of its better games of this season over the last week and is 4-1-0 in their last five. The last two games have been played without Patric Hornqvist and Filip Forsberg. It will be interesting to see how the lineup might change when those guys get healthy.

Quick thoughts:

  • Marek Mazanec started his 8th consecutive game and earned his 2nd shutout with 19 saves.
  • Nashville has surrendered 2 or less goals for six consecutive games, something they have not done since February 2011.
  • The Preds have not allowed a power play goal against in 6 games, killing off their last 16 penalties.

The Preds are at home on Thursday night against Edmonton. Be sure to check in with us for a preview of those game and other Preds’ news. Thanks for reading.

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