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Blue Jackets 2, Predators 0 @NHL

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -Jason Chimera and Alexandre Picard first-period goals and Pascal Leclaire and Tomas Popperle combined to stop 38 shots in the Columbus Blue Jackets' 2-0 win over Nashville on Sunday night in the preseason opener for both teams.

Chimera and Picard scored in a 3:47 span midway through the first period, beating Nashville starter Chris Mason.

Chimera, streaking down the right wing, beat Mason with a backhand shot inside the near post midway through the first period.

On another counterattack, Picard worked a give-and-go with Alexander Svitov at the left circle past a Predators defenseman before sliding a low shot past Mason.

The Predators finished 0-for-12 on the power play.

Columbus played without the injured Adam Foote, Rick Nash, Sergei Fedorov and recently signed Anson Carter. The Predators rested injured Paul Kariya, Steve Sullivan, Marek Zidlicky and Jason Arnott.

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