Predators blanked by Blue Jackets in final stop on road trip

Monday, November 22, 2010 at 9:39pm
Staff reports

Fourteen different players had at least one shot on goal but none got one in the net as the Nashville Predators were shut out for the third time this season, the second by a Central Division rival.

Patric Hornqvist had a team-high five attempts as the Predators wrapped up a four-game road trip with a 2-0 loss Monday at Columbus.

They earned four points during the swing, which included three contests against Eastern Conference teams. Their return to conference and divisional play was unsuccessful as Columbus’ Steve Mason made 27 saves for his first shutout of the season and his first ever against Nashville.

The Predators’ last, best chance to get on the scoreboard came on a power play with 4:08 remaining in the contest. That yielded just one shot, though, and the power play went 0-for-4 and failed to produce a goal for the fourth straight game and the seventh out of the last eight.

Rick Nash, who tied Hornqvist for game-high honors with five shots, and Mike Commodore each scored for Columbus (13-6-0), which moved to second place in the Central Division with 26 points.

Nashville (9-7-3) has the fewest points (21) among the Central’s five teams and is the only one of the five with a negative goal differential for the season. (minus-4).

The Predators return home to face another division rival, 7 p.m. Wednesday. It will be the fourth meeting of the season between the teams and the third at Bridgestone Arena.

St. Louis’ last visit, on Oct 28, was the last time before Monday that Nashville was held without a goal. That one was a 3-0 defeat.