Pekka Rinne's face was buried in his hands.

Around him in the locker room, the only noises among the Predators following their 4-0 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night were the tearing of tape and packing of equipment.

Predators Coach Barry Trotz said hoped his team felt a particular emotion.

"I hope they're (ticked) off," Trotz said.

The Blue Jackets rode four unanswered third-period goals to victory in front of an announced crowd of 12,457 at Nationwide Arena.

It was the Predators' (31-21-8) third loss in four games, and they're now 4-4-2 in their past 10 games. The Predators entered the game tied for fifth in the Western Conference, but by the time they wake up Thursday morning, they could find themselves outside of the top eight.