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Blue Jackets look to rebound vs. Flames

by John Kreiser

BLUE JACKETS (7-11-3) at FLAMES (7-11-3)


Last 10: Columbus 2-5-3; Calgary 2-7-1

Season series: It's the second of two meetings this season. The Calgary Flames spoiled the Columbus Blue Jackets' season opener by rallying for a 4-3 victory at Nationwide Arena on Oct. 4.

Big story: Though the teams have the same record, there are probably fewer smiles among the Blue Jackets, who come to Scotiabank Saddledome after being routed 7-0 by the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday. The Flames ended an 0-5-1 slide with a 5-4 road shootout win against the Winnipeg Jets on Monday.

Team Scope:

Blue Jackets: The excitement of Columbus' late-season run in 2012-13 continues to melt away. The Blue Jackets were embarrassed at Rexall Place by an Edmonton team that came into the game with all of five victories. Columbus was outshot 32-14, including 15-3 in the first period, and allowed three power-play goals.

To say coach Todd Richards wasn't happy would be an understatement.

"I'm just really, really disappointed. We weren't ready to play the game," Richards said. "We weren't ready to battle or do the things necessary to win. There was no desperation and no urgency.

"We were just playing to run the clock out. To me, as a coach, you watch certain things and certain players to see how they are going to respond in tough situations. We had guys who just wanted to get the game over with, which I'm really disappointed with."

Flames: Two nights after blowing a third-period lead to the Oilers, the Flames nearly did it again in Winnipeg. The Jets forced overtime when Bryan Little scored with 5.6 seconds left in regulation. But rookie Reto Berra survived a 47-shot onslaught through regulation and stopped six of eight shots in the longest shootout of the season. The Flames got their first win in seven games when rookie Sean Monahan connected in the eighth round.

"We're not perfect, but there's not a day they're not trying," coach Bob Hartley said. "Some days are tougher than others. Some days are better than others, but I can count on those guys."

Who's hot: Defenseman James Wisniewski leads the Blue Jackets in scoring with 16 points, including three assists in the past five games. … Mike Cammalleri had a goal Monday night, giving him five in Calgary's past five games.

Injury report: Columbus is missing forward Brandon Dubinsky (bruised foot), Marian Gaborik (sprained knee) and defenseman Dalton Prout (back). Forward Nathan Horton is skating but nowhere near ready to return after offseason shoulder surgery. … Neither of the two injured Flames, defenseman Mark Giordano (broken ankle) nor forward Curtis Glencross (knee), is close to returning.

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