Final OT

Series (Game 2 of 6)

Nashville leads 5-1

Game 1: Friday, October 7th
Blue Jackets2
Game 2: Saturday, November 19th
Blue Jackets4Final
Game 3: Thursday, December 8th
Blue Jackets3
Game 4: Thursday, December 22nd
Blue Jackets5Final
Game 5: Thursday, January 19th
Blue Jackets0
Game 6: Monday, January 23rd
Blue Jackets1Final

Blue Jackets 4

(4-13-2, 10 pts)

Predators 3

(10-5-4, 24 pts)

8:00 PM ET, November 19, 2011

Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee

1 2 3 OT T
CBJ 0 2 1 14
NSH 1 1 1 03

J. Wisniewski (Blue Jackets - D): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

N. Spaling (Predators - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

S. Weber (Predators - D): Goals: 0, Assists: 2

Blue Jackets-Predators Preview


Since matching a franchise-worst start at home, the Nashville Predators have regained their edge at Bridgestone Arena.

They've held that advantage over the Columbus Blue Jackets for years.

Nashville goes for its 18th consecutive home win in this Central Division matchup Saturday night when the NHL-worst Blue Jackets try to build off their first road point of the season.

With their 4-1 win over Toronto on Thursday, the Predators (10-5-3) are 4-0-1 in Nashville since opening with three home losses for the first time in nine years.

Nashville's last six-game home point streak was part of a 6-0-2 run Nov. 13-Dec. 15, 2010.

The Predators' top line of Mike Fisher, Martin Erat and Sergei Kostitsyn has combined for seven goals and 10 assists during the team's current five-game surge in Nashville.

"We are playing much better than before," Kostitsyn said Thursday after matching a career high with three assists. "We have all come back from injury and needed a couple of games to get better."

Pekka Rinne made 38 saves against the Maple Leafs, continuing his recent strong run. Last season's Vezina Trophy runner-up is 7-0-2 with a 1.86 goals-against average in his last nine starts.

Nashville has surrendered four goals in its last four home games.

"Everyone is playing better," defenseman Ryan Suter said after scoring his fourth goal -- as many as each of the last two seasons. "Everyone is coming back hard and playing hard in the `D' zone, and Pekks is standing on his head for us."

Rinne made 32 saves in a 3-2 season-opening victory in Columbus on Oct. 7, and he's 8-0-0 with a 1.93 GAA in the Blue Jackets' last eight visits.

Columbus' last victory in Nashville was April 3, 2006.

The Predators' home winning streak in this matchup is tied with Minnesota's dominance over Edmonton for the NHL's longest active streak over one team.

Blue Jackets center Derick Brassard said the club would "take care of" that streak this season following its last visit to Nashville -- a 4-1 loss on April 8 -- but Columbus (3-12-3) has lost 13 consecutive road games since beating the Wild on March 19.

The Blue Jackets, though, earned their first point outside Ohio this season with Thursday's 2-1 shootout loss to Boston.

"We wanted to play a complete game, and I thought we did it," coach Scott Arniel said. "I've got to commend our guys. Against the Stanley Cup champions we went toe-to-toe. I would have liked to see us get rewarded and gotten the two points."

The Blue Jackets had to like the play of Curtis Sanford, who stopped 26 saves in his first start since Jan. 10, 2009, while with Vancouver.

With starter Steve Mason off to a rough start and winless in six career games visiting the Predators, this might be a good time to give Sanford another look. He has won his last two starts in Nashville, though the last came in 2008.

Jeff Carter recorded two assists in the season opener, but the All-Star center is still looking for his first goal with the Blue Jackets. He is a minus-4 in three contests since missing eight with a broken bone in his foot.

Blue Jackets captain Rick Nash had a goal and an assist last month against the Predators. He is scoreless in his last three games in Nashville.