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Patten’s Plus-Minus: Nashville Predators at Columbus Blue Jackets


Nov 28, 2013


The best and worst from Nashville’s 4-0 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday night.


  • What Marek Mazanec is doing right now is absurd. The Predators have a tendency to find diamonds in the rough deep in the draft – especially at goaltending – but Mazanec was a sixth round selection last year. His second shutout of the season on Wednesday night made him second of all goaltenders in that category and first among rookies. Three weeks ago, Mazanec had never played in the NHL and now he has more shutouts this season than three of the last four Vezina winners. His record on the season has improved to 5-3-0, while his GAA dropped to 2.01 and his save percentage rose to .935. Over his last six games, he has given up just eight goals and holds a 5-1-0 record. There were questions over Nashville’s goaltending because they did not have a veteran backup in net, but those questions appear to have been quashed for the time being.
  • Matt Cullen scored the game-winning goal and added an assist on Wednesday night to give him nine points in his last six games. Through 25 games, Cullen has five goals after having seven in 42 games last year.
  • Ryan Ellis had two assists on the night, but the highlight was most definitely his feed to Cullen to open scoring. To use a term I just made up, it was XBOXian.
  • David Legwand scored his fifth goal and became the first Predator this season to hit the 20-point mark.
  • Nonenforcer Gabriel Bourque registered two assists and now has seven points in his last seven games. It took him a brief while this season, but he finally appears to be catching fire in the way he did last season before his injury.
  • In the third period, Nick Spaling scored his fourth goal of the season. He also had the secondary assist on Cullen’s goal. Spaling has three goals and five points in his last six games.
  • Mike Fisher netted a goal for the second game in a row.
  • Nashville is now 11-1-2 when scoring the first goal.
  • The Predators are 13-1-1 when scoring multiple goals.
  • Nashville is now 9-0-1 when leading after the first period and an equal 9-0-1 when leading after the second.
  • The Predators scored one power play goal in three opportunities. Nashville is eighth in the league with a 21.5% power play percentage.
  • Columbus had two power play opportunities, but Nashville stopped them both, moving Nashville into 10th in the penalty kill rankings with 84.0%
  • Every single Predator who took multiple faceoffs won at least 50 percent of them. Paul Gaustad won nine of 13, closing the gap on league leader Vladimir Sobotka ever so slightly.


  • Patric Hornqvist missed his second game in a row due to the injury he suffered in Saturday night’s game against the Rangers.
  • Filip Forsberg missed his sixth game in a row due to injury.
  • Nashville has played two of their best games of the season in back-to-back affairs, making finding minuses somewhat difficult.

In the words of the illustrious Buddy Oakes:

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope your turkey tastes great!