The Fangover: Rinne’s 35 saves doesn’t get it done; Preds lose 1-0

A stellar performance Saturday night by Pekka Rinne was wasted by the Nashville Predators because of their inability to score. Nashville fell to the Colombus Blue Jackets 1-0 at Bridgestone Arena that evening. 

The Predators came out of the gates early, outshooting the Blue Jackets 14-5 heading into the first intermission. Sergei Bobrovsky was tested heavily in the first, but his job progressively became easier as the game went along. Bobrovsky earned his 7th shutout of his career, turning away all 28 shots. 

A fight between Eric Nystrom and Corey Tropp at 6:52 in the second appeared to have energized Columbus a bit more — and it showed. Afterwards, it was all Columbus offensively. They were able to outshoot Nashville 31-14 in the second and third periods. Rinne stood on his head to keep his team in the game.

Despite Rinne's stellar efforts, however, Artem Anisimov wiped away the potential shutout on the Blue Jackets' 32 shot on goal. Anisimov caught Seth Jones flat-footed (again) and setup a give-and-go with James Wisniewski. The Russian Olympian slot a backhander around Rinne to score the game-winner at 13:35 in the third. 

Nashville peppered Bobrovsky with the extra attacker in the final minute. With 28.8 seconds remaining, Mike Fisher hit the post and Colin Wilson shot the puck into Bobrovsky on the back-door with a wide-open net, all in a time span of less than 7 seconds.

Unable to score, the Preds lost their fourth game in-a-row and threw away a golden opportunity after the Olympic Break to reenter the playoff picture on a four game home stand. Their playoff chances are not impossible, but according to SportsClubStats.com, they have a less than 1% shot at getting the wild card spot. 

Nashville starts a 3 game road trip on Monday against the Ottawa Senators in the first of back-to-backs.

Scoring Summary

G Per Time Str Team Goal Scorer Assist Assist CBJ on Ice NSH on Ice
1 3 13:35 EV CBJ 42 A.ANISIMOV(19) 21 J.WISNIEWSKI(33) 26 C.TROPP(9) 182126424772 31533354257
 

Goaltending Stats

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS TOI GOALS-SHOTS AGAINST
EV PP SH TOT 1 2 3 TOT
31 G MCELHINNEY, CURTIS                
72 G BOBROVSKY, SERGEI 47:36 10:00 02:00 59:36 0-14 0-4 0-10 0-28
  EMPTY NET 00:24 00:00 00:00 00:24        
TEAM TOTALS  48:00 10:00 02:00 60:00 0-14 0-4 0-10 0-28
 
NASHVILLE PREDATORS TOI GOALS-SHOTS AGAINST
EV PP SH TOT 1 2 3 TOT
30 G HUTTON, CARTER                
35 G RINNE, PEKKA 46:30 02:00 10:00 58:30 0-5 0-15 1-16 1-36
  EMPTY NET 01:30 00:00 00:00 01:30        
TEAM TOTALS  48:00 02:00 10:00 60:00 0-5 0-15 1-16 1-36

Player Statistics

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS G A P +/- PN PIM TOI S A/B MS HT GV TK BS FW FL F%
TOT SHF AVG PP SH EV
7 D JOHNSON, JACK         1 2 27:48 28 00:59 06:22 00:00 21:26 2 1 3   3          
8 R HORTON, NATHAN             16:26 23 00:42 03:51 00:00 12:35   1   3     2      
11 L CALVERT, MATT             15:47 22 00:43 03:28 00:50 11:29 4 1 1              
14 L COMEAU, BLAKE             10:19 14 00:44 00:02 00:00 10:17 1     3 1 1        
15 D SCHULTZ, NICK             09:53 15 00:39 00:02 00:20 09:31       2     1      
17 C DUBINSKY, BRANDON             17:11 24 00:42 03:59 00:48 12:24 3   1 3       12 10 55
18 C UMBERGER, RJ       +1     14:52 20 00:44 02:43 00:20 11:49 3     1 1   1      
19 C JOHANSEN, RYAN             19:23 24 00:48 05:50 00:28 13:05 5 2 2   2   1 10 7 59
21 D WISNIEWSKI, JAMES   1 1 +1     24:58 27 00:55 06:12 01:10 17:36 1 2 1 1     3      
24 C MACKENZIE, DEREK             10:57 15 00:43 00:01 00:22 10:34 1     2 1     2 5 29
26 R TROPP, COREY   1 1 +1 1 5 09:52 16 00:37 00:01 00:00 09:51       2     1      
38 C JENNER, BOONE             15:53 21 00:45 01:37 00:00 14:16 2 1 1 4     1      
42 C ANISIMOV, ARTEM 1   1 +1     15:34 21 00:44 03:18 00:50 11:26 3         1 1 5 8 38
47 D PROUT, DALTON       +1     20:07 25 00:48 00:19 01:12 18:36 1 1 2 2 1 2 2      
48 D GOLOUBEF, CODY             08:39 13 00:39 00:00 00:00 08:39 2     1     1      
55 C LETESTU, MARK             15:48 19 00:49 03:56 00:22 11:30 4   1     1 1 3 3 50
58 D SAVARD, DAVID             25:02 28 00:53 03:25 01:18 20:19 1       1   2      
71 L FOLIGNO, NICK             19:55 23 00:51 04:54 00:00 15:01 3 2   1     1      
31 G MCELHINNEY, CURTIS                                            
72 G BOBROVSKY, SERGEI                                            
TEAM TOTALS 1 2 3 +5 2 7             36 11 12 25 10 5 18 32 33 49
 
 
NASHVILLE PREDATORS G A P +/- PN PIM TOI S A/B MS HT GV TK BS FW FL F%
TOT SHF AVG PP SH EV
3 D JONES, SETH       -1 1 2 13:39 19 00:43 01:07 03:10 09:22 2       1   1      
4 D ELLIS, RYAN             18:30 23 00:48 00:54 00:54 16:42 1 3                
5 D DEL ZOTTO, MICHAEL             17:08 22 00:46 00:00 00:57 16:11 1 3   1     1      
6 D WEBER, SHEA             29:30 29 01:01 01:06 04:59 23:25 3 5   2   1 1      
7 C CULLEN, MATT             12:24 17 00:43 01:03 00:01 11:20 1       3     6 6 50
12 C FISHER, MIKE         1 2 19:43 23 00:51 00:31 02:47 16:25 4 1 2 1 2 2 1 8 9 47
13 C SPALING, NICK             19:12 24 00:48 01:03 03:49 14:20         1   1      
15 C SMITH, CRAIG       -1     16:19 19 00:51 01:13 00:00 15:06 1 2   1     2      
16 L CLUNE, RICH             09:16 14 00:39 00:00 01:27 07:49   1 2 4   2        
17 R EAVES, PATRICK             12:07 18 00:40 00:00 03:03 09:04 1   1              
24 L NYSTROM, ERIC         1 5 13:27 18 00:44 00:16 01:47 11:24 3     2            
25 L STALBERG, VIKTOR         1 4 10:06 15 00:40 00:16 00:00 09:50 1     1            
27 R HORNQVIST, PATRIC         1 2 15:47 18 00:52 00:41 00:00 15:06 2           1      
28 C GAUSTAD, PAUL             13:00 23 00:33 00:16 04:09 08:35       2       14 9 61
33 C WILSON, COLIN       -1     15:21 20 00:46 00:41 00:00 14:40 3 1 1 1       5 8 38
42 D EKHOLM, MATTIAS       -1     13:21 21 00:38 00:00 04:35 08:46 1 2   1            
57 L BOURQUE, GABRIEL       -1     14:37 20 00:43 00:00 02:57 11:40 2     2     1      
59 D JOSI, ROMAN             28:03 27 01:02 00:53 05:25 21:45 2   4   1   2      
30 G HUTTON, CARTER                                            
35 G RINNE, PEKKA                                            
TEAM TOTALS 0 0 0 -5 5 15             28 18 10 18 8 5 11 33 32 51
 
G=Goals A=Assists P=Points +/-=Plus/Minus PN=Number of Penalties PIM=Penalty Minutes TOI=Time On Ice SHF=# of Shifts AVG=Average Time/Shift S=Shots on Goal A/B=Attempts Blocked MS=Missed Shots HT=Hits Given GV=Giveaways TK=Takeaways BS=Blocked Shots FW=Faceoffs Won FL=Faceoffs Lost F%=Faceoff Win Percentage PP=Power Play SH=Short Handed EV=Even Strength OT=Overtime TOT=Total
 

My Three Stars

1. Pekka Rinne: 35 saves

2. Sergei Bobrovsky: Shutout, 28 saves

3. Artem Anisimov

Line Up Report

Predators scratches: Bartley

Predators starters: Clune, Gaustad, Eaves, Ellis, Del Zotto and Rinne

Blue Jackets scratches: Nikitin, Atkinson, Frattin, Murray and St-Denis

Blue Jackets starters: Comeau, Letestu, MacKenzie, Johnson, Savard and Bobrovsky

Game Summary

Roster Report

Event Summary

Time on Ice – NSH

Time on Ice – CBJ

Faceoffs Report

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