GAME BLOG: Blue Jackets vs. Predators

Saturday, 01.19.2013 / 1:00 PM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today






9:45 P.M. -- Tons of compete in the second period from the Blue Jackets, and as a result, they've earned themselves a 2-2 tie after 40 minutes in Nashville. Their energy was better, their forecheck was excellent, and they got a spectacular goal from Artem Anisimov to pull even in the middle of the period. They'll need a lot more of that in the third period, as the Predators will come with a strong push. Bobrovsky really picked up his game in the second and made a few solid stops, but for the most part, Columbus controlled possession in the Nashville end of the rink. The transition game has been solid; the Blue Jackets moved the puck much better in the second period.

But hey...how about that Anisimov goal? Jeepers.


8:55 P.M. -- That first period was about what I expected for the first game of the season, and essentially what Todd Richards alluded to during training camp. There were some breakdowns, some bad bounces and a dash of sloppiness going around the rink in the opening 20 minutes. Martin Erat's goal just 39 seconds in initially looked like a bad goal to give up, but the replay showed a deflection off the defenseman just after Erat let the shot go.

The Blue Jackets really settled in after that and did the little things that they need to do: supporting the puck, coming up the ice as a five-man unit and working hard for scoring chances. Nick Foligno's slick re-direct of a Fedot Tyutin bomb on the power play tied the game at 1-1, but Ryan Ellis got one back on the power play for Nashville just minutes later.

All in all, not a great period but by no means a back-breaker, either. There's still 40 minutes to play and plenty of time for the Blue Jackets to get things going in the other direction.


4:00 P.M. -- Remember the overtime thriller from last November at Bridgestone Arena? Relive it. And thank you once again, Mr. Wisniewski:


3:30 P.M. -- Blue Jackets assistant coach Dan Hinote stopped by to preview tonight's game with Bob McElligott on Jackets TV. Check it out:


1:50 P.M. -- And now, we have the opening night lineup for the Predators:

Kostitsyn - Fisher - Erat
Smith - Legwand - Hornqvist
Smith - Gaustad - Halischuk
Clune - Spaling - Yip/McGrattan

Josi - Weber
Hannan - Klein
Gill - Ellis

Rinne
Mason


1:35 P.M. -- Columbus scratches for tonight: Colton Gillies, Mark Letestu, David Savard.


1:30 P.M. -- Here is the Blue Jackets projected lineup for tonight's game:

Umberger - Brassard - Atkinson
Dubinsky - Anisimov - Dorsett
Foligno - Johansen - Prospal
Calvert - MacKenzie - Boll

Tyutin - Nikitin
Johnson - Wisniewski
Moore - Aucoin

Bobrovsky
Mason


1:25 P.M. -- And here we are...good afternoon and happy game day, Blue Jackets fans! We're thrilled to be back in the saddle and bringing you the latest on what should be a wild and exciting ride this season.

It's just before 1:30 p.m. ET, which means the Blue Jackets have just wrapped up their morning skate at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville and we're just hours away from dropping the puck on the 2012-13 season. Can you believe it? I've been pinching myself all day...so awesome to be covering a game tonight.

Here's what we know: Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards just told assembled media that Sergei Bobrovsky will start in goal tonight for Columbus. The 24-year-old Bobrovsky is making his Blue Jackets debut and will face Pekka Rinne between the pipes for the Predators.

You know what that means. Take it away, Jay Onrait...

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Johnson 2 2 1 0 3
M. Calvert 2 2 0 3 2
R. Johansen 2 1 1 -1 2
B. Dubinsky 2 0 2 0 2
D. Savard 2 0 2 1 2
B. Jenner 2 0 2 -1 2
D. MacKenzie 2 1 0 0 1
M. Letestu 2 1 0 1 1
A. Anisimov 2 0 1 -1 1
C. Atkinson 2 0 1 1 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Bobrovsky 1 1 0 .905 3.00
 
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