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Columbus Blue Jackets vs Nashville Predators: Behind Enemy Lines

In this new recurring post, I ask some questions to a staff writer or editor of an opposing team’s FanSided Blog.  This week, I interviewed a writer for the Nashville Predators site, Predlines, Scott Gardner.

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U&B: What has been the biggest strength for the Nashville Predators so far?

Scott: The power play has been the catalyst for the Preds all season.  When the power play is going good, the Preds have been winning.  They are  10-0-1 when scoring power play goals and only 1-10-1 when they don’t.

U&B: Who should the Columbus Blue Jackets look out for on the ice?

Scott: The Preds continue to score by committee, so there is not a single offensive player to focus on.  You always have to be wary of a Shea Weber slapshot from the blueline because it could go in the net, through the net, or send a shot blocker to the IR.

U&B: Who do you see as the biggest threat to the Preds from the Blue Jackets?

Scott: Ryan Johansen is a name that is starting to pop up more.  He is off to the best start of his young career and had a big game earlier this week.  His numbers seem to indicate he is a streaky scorer, so the Preds should keep an eye on him.

U&B: What is one area in which the Preds have struggled this season?

Scott: The Preds have struggled with consistency this year.  The effort has been generally good, but they have struggled to put in a full 60 minutes at both ends of the ice.

U&B: What are your expectations for the upcoming game?

Scott:  It should be a tight checking and low scoring game.  Neither team scores a lot and the Preds will be looking to force the pace of play in hopes of drawing a penalty or creating a goal off the forecheck.  3-1 game, with a Preds win, of course.

A huge thank you to Scott Gardner and Predlines for agreeing to this interview! Come back soon for another edition of “Behind Enemy Lines.” Also, be sure to check out our game day edition and keys to the match up on Union and Blue!

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