Columbus Blue Jackets (6-13-2) at Nashville Predators (15-5-2)
|Date & Time||Saturday November 29, 2014, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Nashville Predators / Columbus Blue Jackets --- Over/Under:
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The Columbus Blue Jackets look to shake off an ugly loss on home ice on Friday night as they head into Nashville to take on the red hot Predators.
The Blue Jackets were dealt a serious blow by the Vancouver Canucks on home ice last night as they head into the weekend with a 5-0 loss and things don't get any easier on Saturday as they take on the Western Conference leading Predators. Columbus has had an abysmal start to the season and things don't look to be getting any better as they are likely without Nathan Horton for the rest of the season and he may be done for his career due to injuries and Columbus just doesn't have the offensive fire power to be competitive in the Metropolitan division. The Jackets do have some familiarity with the Preds as they were former Central division rivals but Columbus will have to play a perfect game to grab two points but with the way Pekka Rinne has played for Nashville this could be a cake walk for the home side.
Nashville has looked like a Cup contender through the first quarter of the season and despite being limited to just a single goal in their last outing against the Oilers the Preds have been playing very well of late and a large part of that has to do with Pekka Rinne. The Finnish national has put up ridiculous numbers between the pipes so far this season and is on pace for a Vezina Trophy if this keeps up but the Preds would sacrifice all of the individual accolades for a shot at winning the Cup and there aren't too many people who are doubting them right now. Nashville added some pieces up front that have been brilliant offensively and they are now a complete team that should stay in the running in the Western Conference. There isn't a whole lot to say about this game. The Preds should walk away easily with two points especially if Bobrovsky is on the bench and I think Nashville will play to a similar score line that vancouver found last night.