Columbus will enter game No. 2 of the Gary Agnew era, looking to snap a three-game slide.
The team the Blue Jackets most overcome to do so is the Colorado Avalanche as the two will clash on Friday night at Nationwide Arena. The puck drops at 7 p.m. with coverage on FSN Ohio begining at 6:30 p.m. with Ice Breaker.
Though Columbus was on the short end of a 5-4 score to Nashville on Wednesday night, the team showed signs of improvement, including scoring four five-on-five goals, which is a season high, as the Jackets had entered the game scoring 12 five-on-five goals in the first 14 games of the season.
“It went in the right direction, unfortunately it was a loss and that is never good," Agnew said, following the loss. "There were some things that we had said individually in our meetings with the players, and for the most part, we talked the talk and we walked the walk. But there is still a complete game out there we have yet to find.”
Rick Nash was a big reason why the team moved 'in the right direction', scoring two goals and adding an assist to lead the Jackets. His linemate, Fredrik Modin, also added a goal and an assist and third-line winger Jason Chimera scored his first of the season to lead the Jackets charge.
With Nash's two goals, the fourth-year left winger took over the team lead in goals scored, as well as the franchise lead, depositing the 94th and 95th of his career, to pass David Vyborny (94) for the franchise lead.
Colorado, meanwhile, fell to San Jose on Wednesday, dropping the club to 7-9-2, and 10th place in the conference. Joe Sakic continues to lead the Avs with 8-10-18 on the season. Sakic needs one assist to tie Stan Mikita for 14th all-time (926), and three to tie Larry Murphy (929) for 13th.
Milan Hejduk and Andrew Brunette each have seven goals on the year while Paul Stastny and John-Michael Liles each have 10 assists. Jose Theodore is 5-6-1 with a 3.18 GAA and .898 save percentage.
The two teams met already once this month, with Colorado sneaking out of Columbus with a 5-3 win. Sergei Fedorov, Modin and Vyborny lit the lamp for the Jackets in the loss. The 'L' dropped the club's all-time mark against Colorado to 1-18-1 and 1-9-1 at Nationwide Arena.
As always, Huntington Green Seats will be available for tonight's game and every game during the 2006-07 season. The Huntington Green Seats are 250 seats that are priced at $10 for every home game this season and are available only at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, two hours prior to game time. For tonight's game each person may purchase a maximum of four seats.
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