The Columbus Blue Jackets closed out their preseason schedule with a 4-1 loss in front of 13,337 fans at Nationwide Arena on Sunday night.
Tyler Wright scored the lone goal for Columbus, a power play goal at 12:30 off assists from rookie Gilbert Brule and Radoslav Suchy. For Brule it was his fifth point (2-3-5) of the preseason to tie Nikolai Zherdev for the team lead.
The visitors got on the board first, scoring just 4:17 into the contest. Kimmo Timonen scored a power-play goal on assists from David Legwand and Paul Kariya to put the Predators up 1-0.
The Predators added two goals in the second period, as Ryan Suter and Scott Walker scored for Nashville. Nashville extended the lead to 4-0 in the third period with a goal by Scott Walker.
The Predators out shot the Jackets, 32-25, while Columbus starting goaltender Pascal Leclaire recorded 28 saves on the evening. The Jackets finished 1-of-10 on the power play while killing off five-of-eight Nashville power plays.
The Blue Jackets return to action on Wednesday, Oct. 2, traveling to Washington to take on the Capitals at 7 p.m. ET in the season opener for both squads.
Columbus Blue Jackets Head Coach Gerard Gallant:
On how injuries have affected the Jackets…
“Some players are behind because of the injuries and missing training camp. But that’s hockey. We had five good regulars that weren’t in the lineup tonight. We were real young up the middle and lost probably 70 percent of our face offs. When you do that you are chasing the puck around all night.”
Columbus Blue Jackets Goaltender Pascal Leclaire:
On stopping Nashville Predators Paul Kariya's breakaway…
"In the game you have to stop them all. I think it was right after I realized that it was (Paul) Kariya. But doesn't matter even if it's Mr. "X" who comes down on a breakaway, you have to stop it."
Columbus Blue Jackets Center Tyler Wright:
On starting the regular season…
"It's a long grueling season, and we've made it through these exhibition games, and these special teams are going to be very important. The powerplay is going to win or lose you some games, and so is penalty killing. It's a matter of being discipline and not beating yourself."
Columbus Blue Jackets Captain Luke Richardson:
On the injuries and how they affect the regular season…
"Every franchise goes through it, and you have to adapt to it. We have to capitalize and key on the good things and the things we can fix. Injuries are out of our hands, and we can't worry about them. If you take them into a game they can hurt you."