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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- While the Blue Jackets remain wildly inconsistent, the Predators are rounding into form at the quarter mark of the season. Rookie goalie Marek Mazanec made 19 saves for his second shutout, and Matt Cullen and Nick Spaling each had a goal and an assist as streaking Nashville beat Columbus 4-0 on Wednesday night. Nashville coach Barry Trotz likes his teams recent level of commitment and attention to detail. "It was a pretty easy night for him," Trotz said, referring to Mazanec. "It was sort of a team win. You need to make a couple of saves when needed and he did." Mike Fisher and David Legwand also scored for Nashville, which has found its groove on the heels of a four-game losing streak. Mazanec, filling in while Pekka Rinne recovers from a hip injury, earned his fifth win -- all in the last six games. "He was very steady out there," Ryan Ellis said. "I think our team overall played very strongly." The Predators improved to 11-1-2 when scoring first and 9-0-1 when leading after the opening period. Columbus was back home after a 3-2 trip through Canada. The Blue Jackets had hoped to build on the momentum of a 6-0 victory Monday against Toronto, but instead they have alternated wins and losses for six games and still find themselves searching for the type of balanced, hard-nosed play from late last season that nearly propelled them into the playoffs. "Some of it is leadership, youth," coach Todd Richards said. "There are lots of things that add to it. Its tough to just point and say this is the reason for the inconsistency." The switch to the Eastern Conference this season didnt change Columbus fortunes against its former Central Divisional rival. Except for last season, the Predators have mostly dominated the series, and they again controlled the play in this one. "It looked like we lacked some energy, another step," Richards said. "Thats not an excuse. Youve got to find a way." Poor defence was a culprit for Columbus, while Nashville pressed the entire game. "I thought we started off really well," Trotz said. "We stayed to the game plan. We managed the puck, played smart, played fast early." Cullen made it 1-0 with his fifth goal at 9:58 of the first from the edge of the right circle, scoring on a slick pass from Ellis. "To fake the shot and hit me through the seam, not a lot of D-men will make that play," Cullen said. The Blue Jackets were outshot 14-4 in the period, with their best chance coming off Matt Calverts stick in tight. Mazanec turned it aside. On a power play that carried into the second period, Fisher beat two Blue Jackets players to a bouncing puck in the slot and smacked it past Sergei Bobrovsky for his fifth goal 54 seconds in. It was Nashvilles first shot of the period. Later in the period, the Predators won battles behind the net and one for a puck in the slot. This time it was Legwand scoring his fifth to make it 3-0. "We just didnt have the energy level," Columbus James Wisniewski said. "I think we worked. We just didnt have that little extra gear to win that little extra battle." The home crowd later booed the Blue Jackets on a lacklustre power play. Spaling scored his fourth goal from the hash marks on a nice feed from Cullen at 2:02 of the third. "Cullens got a great head for the game and creates a lot of offence," Spaling said. NOTES: Mazanec, who entered with a 1.61 goals-against average in the previous five games, has allowed two goals or fewer in the last six games. ... Columbus was shut out for the second time in its past five games. ... The Blue Jackets finished 0 for 2 with the man advantage. The Predators have not allowed a power-play goal in six games, killing off 16 straight chances dating to Nov. 15. ... Nashville hosts the Oilers on Thanksgiving. Edmonton then visits Columbus on Friday. Cheap Jerseys From China . 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Messier, who had been a special assistant to Rangers general manager Glen Sather, announced Thursday in a statement that he is resigning in order to "expand the game of hockey in the New York area by developing the Kingsbridge National Ice Center.TSN.ca presents its latest weekly power rankings for the 2013-14 Barclays Premier League season. Rankings were weighted evenly between separate lists made by TSN Radio host and soccer analyst Gareth Wheeler as well as TSN.cas soccer editors. 1. Manchester City (Last Week-2) Manchester City climbed to the top of the table with another emphatic victory, 5-1 on the road against Tottenham. Sergio Aguero scored the first of the five goals but then limped off the field just before halftime with a hamstring injury, causing some concern for the new league leaders. 2. Chelsea (LW-1) Chelsea heavily dominated the action, firing 39 shots on goal including two clear scoring chances in added time but were forced to settle for a 0-0 draw with West Ham. Frank Lampard had probably the best chance of the game in the 97th minute but was denied the goal that would have won the game. 3. Arsenal (LW-3) Arsenal was only able to get a point out of their trip to St Marys Stadium as they settled for a 2-2 draw with Southampton. Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla scored four minutes apart but the elusive third goal never arrived for the Gunners. 4. Liverpool (LW-5) The 222nd Merseyside Derby was painted red by Liverpools emphatic 4-0 victory over Everton. Steven Gerrard converted a Luis Suarez corner to open the scoring, before Daniel Sturridge scored twice in two minutes to put the game away. Suarez would get one of his own and Sturridge would miss a penalty in the one-sided contest. 5. Manchester United (LW-8) Juan Mata debuted, while Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney returned to lead Manchester United to a 2-0 victory over Cardiff City. Van Persie opened the scoring in the sixth minute and Ashley Young put the game away with a screamer in the 59th minute. 6. Tottenham (LW-4) A red card to Danny Rose and a penalty for the same offence doomed Tottenham in their 5-1 defeat at the hands of Manchester City. Michael Dawson also had a goal controversially ruled out for offside that would have equalized the game early and could have changed Spurs fortunes. 7. Everton (LW-6) There were not many positives for Everton as they were beaten 4-0 by Liverpool in the Merseyside Derby. Adding injury to insult, Romelu Lukaku was stretchered from the field with an ankle injury. 8. Newcastle United (LW-7) Loic Remy was sent off for Newcastle in an altercation with Norwichs Bradley Johnson who was also shown red in a game that ended in a 0-0 draw. 9. Southampton (LW-9) Jose Fonte and Adam Lallana scored on either side of halftime as Southammpton drew Arsenal 2-2 in a wild, back and forth contest.ddddddddddddnbsp; Lallana tied the game for good just two minutes after Santi Cazorla had given the Gunners their first lead of the match. 10. Aston Villa (LW-10) The West Midlands derby was a wild affair that was settled in the favour of Villa, 4-3 over West Brom. Christian Benteke scored the deciding goal from the penalty spot after his team battle back from an early 2-0 deficit. 11. Swansea City (LW-14) For the first time in nine games, Swansea earned all three points in a Barclays Premier League game after beating Fulham 2-0. Jonjo Shelvey and Chico Flores found the scoresheet for the Swans. 12. Norwich City (LW-13) Norwich traded red cards with Newcastle but neither team scored in a 0-0 draw. Bradley Johnson was shown red for Norwich City after getting into an altercation with Newcastles Loic Remy who was also sent off for the infraction. 13. Crystal Palace (LW-16) Jason Puncheon earned himself another Barclays Premier League winning goal as he led Palace over Hull City 1-0. Tony Pulis continues his efforts to save Crystal Palace from the relegation zone. 14. West Bromwich Albion (LW-11) Chris Brunt and a Fabian Delph own goal gave West Brom an early 2-0 lead but in the end they dropped the West Midlands derby 4-3 to Aston Villa. 15. Hull City (LW-12) Hulls new strike partnership of Shane Long and Nikica Jelavic were not able to find the net as the Tigers fell to Crystal Palace 1-0. Hull dropped their fourth straight Barclays Premier League match. 16. Sunderland (LW-17) Adam Johnson was the difference as Sunderland climbed out of the relegation zone with a 1-0 victory over Stoke City. 17. Stoke City (LW-15) Steven Nzonzis red card early in the second half ended any thoughts of a Stoke fight back as they fell 1-0 to Sunderland. This was Stokes sixth straight league game without a victory. 18. West Ham United (LW-18) With only one shot on target and 28% of the possession, West Ham managed to hold on for a 0-0 draw with Chelsea. Keeper Adrian was forced to be brilliant many times during the contest and answered the bell each time he was called upon to secure the point for his team. 19. Cardiff City (LW-19) Ole Gunnar Solskjaers return to Old Trafford was spoiled as his Cardiff side were defeated 2-0 by Manchester United. The Welsh side remains at the bottom of the table. 20. Fulham (LW-20) Brede Hangeland and Ashkan Dejagah both failed to convert first-half chances for Fulham as they fell 2-0 to Swansea City. ' ' '

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