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Game #54 Preview: Blue Jackets try for second win vs Preds

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There’s light at the end of the regular season tunnel.

Nashville Predators v Columbus Blue Jackets Photo by Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 - 7pm ET
Nationwide Arena - Columbus Ohio
TV: Bally Sports Ohio; Radio: 97.1 FM
Opponent’s blog: On The Forecheck

Nashville Predators (29-22-2, 60 points, 4th Central)

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Columbus Blue Jackets (16-25-12, 44 points, 8th Central)

There’s only three games left in the regular season as the Columbus Blue Jackets are finally about to be done with the Nashville Predators. Emil Bemstrom was our player to watch for last game and he had the third period hat trick!

We’ll see if Columbus can get just their second win in eight tries against the Predators tonight.

Player to Watch

With three games to go take your pick. I want to keep seeing performances like from and that progression in the final week. Who’s back next season? Who’s playing with who? Lots of questions and these are the games to try to figure out some early questions.

Jackets Notes

Oliver Bjorkstrand’s next game is his 300th career game. … Tonight could be the night Cam Atkinson gets point No. 400 for his career (187 goals, 399 assists). ... Jack Roslovic is closing in on 100 career points (36 goals, 63 assists). ... John Tortorella’s 671 career wins is one behind Mike Keenan all-time (12th). ... The Blue Jackets score a lot of goals first in games (31) which is fifth-most in the league. ... Their penalty kill has been really good lately (89.3%) over the last 22 games (2nd).

The Other Bench

Nashville has won the season series and is closing in on a playoff spot with a four-point cushion above the Dallas Stars.

Season Series

01/14/2021 CBJ 1 @ NSH 3
01/16/2021 CBJ 2 @ NSH 5
02/18/2021 NSH 0 @ CBJ 3
02/20/2021 NSH 4 @ CBJ 2
02/27/2021 CBJ 1 @ NSH 2
02/28/2021 CBJ 1 @ NSH 3
05/03/2021 NSH 4 @ CBJ 3 OT

Stats

Nashville Columbus
2.66 (21) GPG 2.32 (29)
2.81 (15) GAPG 3.26 (24)
17.9% (25) PP% 14.9% (27)
75.0% (29) PK% 79.9% (15)
49.8% (15) 5v5 Shot Attempt % 46.50% (28)
50.5% (12) 5v5 Unblocked shot attempt % 47.0% (26)
7.8 (19) 5v5 Shot % 7.0 (30)
.935 (2) 5v5 Save % .911 (26)
Mikael Granlund, 13 G Leader Oliver Bjorkstrand, 15
Roman Josi, 25 A Leader Oliver Bjorkstrand, 24
Roman Josi, 33 P Leader Oliver Bjorkstrand, 39
Mathieu Olivier, 68 PIM Leader Max Domi, 73
13-12-2 Home / Road 9-8-8
6-3-1 Last 10 1-5-4

Projected Lines

Columbus Blue Jackets
Eric Robinson Max Domi Oliver Bjorkstrand
Mikhail Grigorenko Jack Roslovic Emil Bemstrom
Patrik Laine Alexandre Texier Cam Atkinson
Liam Foudy Zac Dalpe Nathan Gerbe
Michael Del Zotto Seth Jones
Vladislav Gavrikov Mikko Lehtonen
Gavin Bayreuther Dean Kukan
Elvis Merzlikins
Matiss Kivlenieks
Nashville Predators
Filip Forsberg Ryan Johansen Eeli Tolvanen
Calle Jarnkrok Mikael Granlund Luke Kunin
Nick Cousins Erik Haula Matt Duchene
Yakov Trenin Brad Richardson Tanner Jeannot
Roman Josi Ryan Ellis
Mattias Ekholm Alexandre Carrier
Erik Gudbranson Matt Benning
Juuse Saros
Pekka Rinne