All good things must come to an end, and the Columbus Blue Jackets found that out on Saturday when their franchise-record points streak came to an end. The Nashville Predators took a 5-2 win over the Blue Jackets, continuing their home dominance over Columbus. Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, who had been a driving force behind the streak, struggled in stopping seven of the eleven shots he faced before being replaced by Steve Mason.
The Blue Jackets power play stayed hot thanks to a first period goal from R.J. Umberger, but that goal and one in the second period from Artem Anisimov were all they could muster. The importnat question now is how the Blue Jackets will respond in their next few games. Their points streak helped them move from the bottom of the conference standings to just outside of the playoff picture. If they can continue getting solid goaltending from Bobrovsky, there is still a chance they could make a push for the playoffs. Anisimov has goals in two straight games, and appeared uninjured by a blindside check in the first period Saturday night.
The Blue Jackets have four games on tap for the next week, starting with a Tuesday trip to face the Vancouver Canucks. They stay in Western Canada to face the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday and the Calgary Flames on Friday. They will return home and host the Anaheim Ducks next Sunday. The games against the Flames and Oilers are crucial, as they have the potential to have a four-point swing in the standings.