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Predatorial Pregame Warmup: November 27, 2013


Nov 27, 2013

Written by: Patten Fuqua


Last updated: November 27, 2013 at 10:48 am


Nashville Predators (12-10-2) at Columbus Blue Jackets (9-12-3)
Gametime: 6:00pm CT / 7:00pm ET
Television: FS-Tennessee
Radio: 102.5 The Game



Nashville Predators - Pekka Rinne (hip), Filip Forsberg (lower body - day-to-day), Patric Hornqvist (upper body - day-to-day)

Columbus Blue Jackets - Jared Boll (foot), Brandon Dubinsky (foot), Marian Gaborik (knee)

Projected Goaltending Matchup

Marek Mazanec, 4-3-0, 1 SO, 0.929Sv%, 2.28 GAA


Sergei Bobrovsky, 8-10-2, 1 SO, 0.907Sv%, 2.79 GAA

Keep an eye on...

Nashville Predators -

Marek Mazanec - Nashville’s recent goaltending woes have, for the time being, ebbed.

Over his last five games, Marek Mazanec is 4-1-0 with a .950 save percentage and a 1.61 goals against average. The most goals that he has given up during that five game stretch is two.

Prior to Mazanec’s breakout, Nashville had given up three or more goals in eight consecutive games.

Columbus Blue Jackets -

Sergei Bobrovsky - The defending Vezina winner is not off to a fantastic start this season. In 20 starts, Sergei Bobrovsky has only managed 8 wins, while garnering a save percentage of just .907 and a GAA of 2.79.

Last season, however, Bobrovsky played the Predators five times and won four. In his career, with the Flyers and the Blue Jackets, Bobrovsky has a 5-1 record against the Predators in six games with a .922 save percentage and a 2.48 GAA.

Main Storylines

Nashville Predators -

Nashville is rolling…or at least they are rolling as much as they have been able to so far this season. Most of that is due to the surprise stellar performance of Mazanec in net.

After Nashville’s extended 17-day early November road trip nearly derailed Nashville’s entire season, Barry Trotz moved Marek Mazanec into a starting role. Mazanec lost the final game of the road trip in Pittsburgh, but in the five games since, has not given up more than two goals in a game.

The Predators have reeled off four wins in the five games since and have managed to keep their record above .500 while staying within range of a playoff position.

Columbus Blue Jackets -

Last season’s near-miss on the playoffs gave the Blue Jackets high hopes coming into this season, but so far, those have not paid off.

Like the Predators, however, Columbus is trying to claw back into contention, winning three of their last five and picking up points in seven of their last ten.

Despite the slow start, because of the weakness in the Metropolitan Division, Columbus is only three points out of a playoff spot.

Last time out...

Nashville closed their disastrous 2012-13 season at Columbus with a 3-1 loss as the Blue Jackets and Predators played their final game as Central Division rivals.

Shea Weber scored at 8:29 of the second period and – for a while – it appeared that Nashville might win their final game and spoil Columbus’ playoff dreams.

However, in the third period, Brandon Dubinsky tied it at 10:09 on the power play, while Jack Johnson put the Jackets ahead.

Cam Atkinson iced the game with an empty netter late and the Predators were off to the draft lottery while Columbus rooted against the Red Wings to hope to back into a playoff spot.

Chris Mason saved 44 of 46 Columbus shots in the loss, while Sergei Bobrovsky saved 19 of 20 in the win.

One interesting fact...

Nashville is 7-0-0 this season when Shea Weber scores a goal.


Photo Credit: Sarah Fuqua