Blue Jackets-Avalanche Preview
GAME: Columbus Blue Jackets (10-22-4-3) at Colorado Avalanche (20-10-7-1).
TIME: Tuesday, 9 p.m. EST.
Gerard Gallant led the Columbus Blue Jackets to a rare road win in his
coaching debut last week. He will now try to do something none of his
predecessors could -- beat the Colorado Avalanche.
Colorado looks to remain unbeaten in 14 all-time meetings with Columbus when
the teams meet for the second time this season.
The Avs routed the Blue Jackets in Denver on Dec. 6, beating them 5-1 to
improve to 12-0-1 all-time in the series. Colorado is 7-0 at home and has
scored five or more goals seven times against Columbus.
Gallant took over the team Thursday when team president and general manager
Doug MacLean gave up the coaching duties.
Gallant led the Blue Jackets to a 2-0 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in
his debut on Friday, giving Columbus just its second road win in 16 games this
The Blue Jackets played another strong defensive game on Saturday, but
couldn't muster any offense despite posting 42 shots on goal in losing 1-0 to
the Florida Panthers in the second game of their seven-game road trip.
"If we score on a couple of our chances, we are in a totally different
game," said Columbus forward Rick Nash, who leads the NHL with 23 goals.
Columbus will be trying to end its skid against a Colorado team that has won
three straight and has just one loss in its last seven games.
The Avs tied their season-high winning streak on Sunday with a 3-1 victory
at home over the Minnesota Wild.
Peter Forsberg had a goal and assist as Colorado won despite not having
captain Joe Sakic on the ice. Sakic broke his jaw against Calgary last
Wednesday and played Friday in Vancouver with a full visor and football-type
He missed Sunday's game after having minor surgery Saturday, but said he
anticipated playing Tuesday night against Columbus.
"We played together," Avs defenseman Adam Foote said when asked about the
loss of Sakic. "We're playing how we're going to have to play to beat any
opponent. That takes discipline and focus. It sounds boring but everyone did