Nolan, the former captain of the San Jose Sharks, was acquired by Toronto on March 5, and has five goals and two assists in five games with his new club.
He scored twice in Tuesday’s 3-3 tie with the New York Islanders, when the Maple Leafs failed to protect leads of 2-0 and 3-2. Despite settling for the tie, Toronto clinched its fifth straight playoff berth and is 2-0-2-1 in its last five games.
Toronto also is trying to reach 40 wins for the fourth time under coach Pat Quinn and is five points behind fourth-place Philadelphia in the Eastern Conference.
Alexander Mogilny scored the other goal for the Leafs after missing the previous two games due to personal reasons.
The Blue Jackets need 11 more points to tie the club-record of 71.
Columbus is 3-11-1-1 in its last 16 games and has been to held to two goals or fewer in 14 of its last 19 games.
The Blue Jackets failed to build off Saturday’s 5-0 home win over Minnesota as they dropped a 3-2 decision in Atlanta on Monday. Geoff Sanderson scored his team-leading 27th goal.
Toronto is 1-0-1 all time vs. Columbus.