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Columbus
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25-45-8-4
St. Louis
Blues
39-30-11-2
OT
27 SOG
37 SOG
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Columbus Blue Jackets vs. St. Louis Blues

Tuesday, 12.16.2003 / 7:00 PM

Associated Press

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Columbus Blue Jackets vs. St. Louis Blues
Columbus Blue Jackets vs. St. Louis Blues
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GAME: Columbus Blue Jackets (8-15-4-2) at St. Louis Blues (18-6-2-1).

TIME: Tuesday, 8 p.m. EST.

Still searching for their first road win of the season, the Columbus Blue Jackets go up against one of the NHL's best home teams as they visit the St. Louis Blues.

Columbus has lost each of its last five road games, and is a dismal 0-10-1-1 away from home this season. The Blue Jackets are winless in 14 road games dating to last season (0-12-1-1).

That streak continued on Saturday night as the Blue Jackets remained the only NHL team without a road win this season, allowing three one-goal leads to slip away in a 5-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Columbus, in the midst of playing 11 of 16 games away from home, is also winless in five straight overall.

"It's tough, because every time we go on the road we think we're going to get the monkey off our backs and we have disappointing efforts," Blue Jackets forward Rick Nash said. "When you don't come ready to play, it's disappointing."

Columbus now faces the daunting task of beating St. Louis on its home ice. The Blues are 10-2-1 at the Savvis Center this season, and are 6-1-1 all-time at home against the Blue Jackets.

St. Louis has won four in a row, and is unbeaten in six straight overall after beating the Los Angeles Kings 2-1 at home on Saturday.

Pavol Demitra and Eric Nickulas scored first-period goals and Chris Osgood made 21 saves as the Blues improved to 13-6 in one-goal games this season and 18-6-2-1 overall.

"I'd love to have a blowout, but it's not in the cards right now," Blues center Doug Weight said. "We have to be great defensively. We might win three in a row 6-1 or 6-3 or 6-4 if we just let loose. But we're not going to be 18-6 if we're playing that type of game."

Osgood earned his 289th career victory, which ranks sixth among active goaltenders.

"I think we'd like to score a little more and we've been having some trouble putting teams away after getting leads but we held the fort," Osgood said. "Hey, it's a tough league. I mean every team is good and there are no easy nights."

2003-2004 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Mar 13 '04CBJ 3 at STL 5K. Tkachuk
Jan 21 '04STL 1 at CBJ 3M. Malhotra
Jan 15 '04CBJ 3 at STL 5E. Boguniecki
Dec 29 '03STL 3 at CBJ 2R. Johnson
Dec 16 '03CBJ 1 at STL 2 - OTK. Tkachuk
Dec 12 '03STL 3 at CBJ 2 - OTD. Weight
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