Series (Game 1 of 6)

Nashville leads 4-2

Game 1: Monday, November 22nd
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Game 2: Wednesday, December 1st
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Game 3: Sunday, January 2nd
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Game 4: Tuesday, February 22nd
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Game 5: Sunday, February 27th
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Game 6: Friday, April 8th
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Predators 0

(9-7-3, 21 pts)

Blue Jackets 2

(13-6-0, 26 pts)

7:00 PM ET, November 22, 2010

Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio

1 2 3 T
NSH 0 0 00
CBJ 1 1 02

S. Mason (Blue Jackets - G): Saves: 27, Save Pct.: 1.000

M. Commodore (Blue Jackets - D): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

R. Nash (Blue Jackets - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Predators-Blue Jackets Preview


After a stellar road trip that was historic in nature, Rick Nash and the Columbus Blue Jackets are back home to face a team that has been their nemesis.

The Blue Jackets look to notch their first four-game win streak in two seasons Monday night when they take on the Central Division rival Nashville Predators.

Columbus (12-6-0) swept all three games on a California road trip for the first time, culminating Saturday with a 3-0 win over San Jose, their first-ever victory there in regulation. The Blue Jackets also ended Los Angeles' 8-0-0 home start with a 5-3 victory Wednesday and snapped Anaheim's five-game home win streak with a 4-3 win Friday.

Nash had a hat trick Saturday for the first time since March 7, 2009. He has scored in five straight games, with eight goals in that span, and has 12 points during an eight-game streak.

"I'm a streaky player," Nash said. "Early on, I couldn't bury them. To come into one of the toughest buildings in the league and get two points is huge."

The Blue Jackets captain earned his hat trick despite a groin injury that made him a game-time decision.

"He was sore after (Friday) night, but he took care of it today and got himself into the game," coach Scott Arniel said. "That's the kind of leader he is."

Nash was held in check last season against Nashville (9-6-3), totaling one goal and two assists as the Blue Jackets went 1-1-4. Columbus is 10-27-7 in its last 44 games against the franchise that entered the NHL two seasons before the Blue Jackets came aboard in 2000-01.

One problem for Columbus has been solving Pekka Rinne, who is 5-2-0 with a 2.67 goals-against average in eight career starts against the Blue Jackets.

Rinne has helped Nashville win two straight after losing the opener of its four-game road trip. Rinne made 30 saves for his second shutout in Thursday's 3-0 win over Montreal, and added 22 saves in a 2-1 shootout victory over Carolina on Saturday.

Nashville has won four of five overall, with three of the wins coming in shootouts.

"Whatever it takes," coach Barry Trotz said.

The surge follows a five-game losing streak, when each game ended in regulation. The Predators allowed 21 goals in those games, compared to 11 in their last five.

"It wasn't one thing," Trotz said. "We got away a little bit from the defensive game we like to play, and the puck was getting in the back of our net. We weren't playing that poorly. Sometimes, teams go through that. They were working hard, but it was not coming easy."

The Blue Jackets will try to slow down Martin Erat, who had four goals and one assist in the 2009-10 season series. Erat has two points in six road games this season.

It's unclear who the Blue Jackets will start in goal. Steve Mason started four straight games and made 47 saves in Friday's game against Anaheim before Mathieu Garon made 35 saves Saturday. Mason is 3-2-3 with a 2.55 GAA in eight career starts against Nashville while Garon is 2-6-2 with a 3.66 GAA.

Columbus last won four straight March 7-13, 2009.