Let’s reminisce for a moment.
The date was November 20th, 2015. Ryan Johansen recorded a goal and an assist in a 4-0 CBJ victory against the Nashville Predators. It was the largest margin of victory to date of the 2015-16 Regular Season for the club as they improved their record to 8-13-0 after starting 0-8-0.
Today’s date; February 19th, 2017.
The first time Ryan Johansen and the Predators alike will play at Nationwide Arena since the aforementioned game above.
Nashville has a record of 3-5-0 since a 4-3 victory over the Blue Jackets at home just a little over three weeks ago.
However, the Preds are still right in the thick of the playoff race in the Western Conference, currently sitting at fourth in the Central Division.
Columbus is looking for their third-straight win in front of a home crowd to cap off the week.
The Jackets haven’t been able to fully regain their offensive prowess from earlier this season, with only one power-play goal in their last 11 games.
However, goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky looks to have regained his form, with a save percentage of 93.2 in his previous five starts in net. He’ll likely be the starter this evening.
The highly-anticipated return of Ryan Johansen to Nationwide Arena is upon us.
Seth Jones hasn’t been too shabby since being traded away from the Predators for Johansen, making an all-star appearance this season along with multiple game-winning goals for his current squad in Columbus, Ohio.
The Columbus Blue Jackets have a chance to end the week on a high note heading into a five-day break before hosting the New York Islanders next Saturday.