Columbus Blue Jackets Vs. Nashville Predators: Pregame Analysis

November 21st, 2009 by Ed Cmar Leave a reply »
Well, folks, I'm back with another fearless pre-game prediction—OK, I'm really back to save what little dignity I have left after that "epic" prediction that the CBJ would win against Detroit. My guess that eve? Jackets victory, 5-2. The actual outcome? To quote Drew Rosenhaus, "Next question."

As I said in the comments section afterwards, "Well, you've all just witnessed EVERYTHING I know about hockey."

That being said, let's have at it. There's only one direction I can go...


On the surface, this is an easy one to call: The edge goes to Columbus by a country mile.

Currently, Nashville ranks dead last in both goals scored/total and goals scored/game, at a "prolific" clip of 2.17 goals/game—AKA GFA. Add to that where their few goals are scored from—their leading goal scorer is Shea Weber—need I say more? (Weber is tied in most Preds' goals with five tallies).

Columbus is in ninth place in GFA, and their firepower is primarily forward-based. While, yes, their leading goal scorer is Rick Nash—14 goals, 25 total points—they also have something not seen ever in these parts: that critical asset o ...

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