Columbus hosts Nashville after shutout win

Nashville Predators (6-10-0, seventh in the Central Division) vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (8-6-4, fifth in the Central Division)
Columbus, Ohio; Saturday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: The Nashville Predators visit Columbus after the Blue Jackets shut out Nashville 3-0. Elvis Merzlikins earned the victory in the net for Columbus after recording 32 saves.
The Blue Jackets are 8-6-4 against the rest of their division. Columbus is sixth in the Nhl with 29.1 shots per game and is averaging 2.9 goals.
The Predators are 6-10-0 against opponents in the Central Division. Nashville averages 9.9 penalty minutes per game, the sixth-most in the Nhl. Mark Borowiecki leads the team serving 29 total minutes.
The teams meet for the second straight game.
TOP PERFORMERS: Oliver Bjorkstrand leads the Blue Jackets with nine assists and has 13 points this season. Cam Atkinson has six goals over the last 10 games for Columbus.
Calle Jarnkrok leads the Predators with a plus-one in 10 games this season. Filip Forsberg has three goals over the last 10 games for Nashville.
LAST 10 GAMES: Blue Jackets: 5-4-1, averaging 3.2 goals, 5.8 assists, 2.3 penalties and 5.4 penalty minutes while giving up 3.5 goals per game with an .884 save percentage.
Predators: 3-7-0, averaging two goals, 3.6 assists, 4.4 penalties and 11.5 penalty minutes while giving up 3.2 goals per game with an .894 save percentage.
INJURIES: Blue Jackets: Zach Werenski: day to day (lower body).
Predators: None listed.
The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.