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GAME: Columbus Blue Jackets (15-27-7-3) at Phoenix Coyotes (18-18-13-2).
TIME: Monday, 9 p.m. EST.
The Columbus Blue Jackets may have to make do without NHL goal leader Rick
Nash when they take on the struggling Phoenix Coyotes at Glendale Arena.
Nash suffered a bruised foot and missed the final two periods of Columbus'
2-1 overtime win over Minnesota on Saturday.
Nash, who has 31 goals, extended his point streak to four games with an
assist in the first period. He has three goals and three assists in that span.
"When Nash got hurt and didn't come back for the second period it was sort
of a letdown for our club," Blue Jackets interim coach Gerard Gallant said.
But with Nash hurt, Columbus got some unexpected help.
Anders Eriksson's long slap shot deflected off a Wild player and beat goalie
Dwayne Roloson 2:59 into overtime. It was only Eriksson's second goal of the
season - and just the 16th of his 382-game NHL career.
"Oh, yeah," Eriksson said, when asked if it was his first overtime goal.
"I don't score too many goals. ... I've got, like, what, 17, 18 goals? Not a
whole lot. You've got to make 'em count. It's better to have quality than
Phoenix has lost three straight and is 2-6-1-1 at home since moving to
Glendale Arena on Dec. 27.
Shane Doan, Ladislav Nagy, Chris Gratton and Mike Sillinger scored for the
Coyotes in a 5-4 loss to Dallas on Saturday.
"We have a couple of more games at home before the All-Star break and we
just need to continue to cleanup some areas and turn things around," Doan
Doan, the team's captain, reached 20 goals for the fifth straight season. He
is within one goal of last season's total, and only six short of tying his
career high, which he set in 1999-2000 and 2000-01.
The Coyotes had seven consecutive power plays in the first and second
periods Saturday, including spending 12:12 of the middle period with the
man-advantage, but they scored just once. Phoenix's eight power plays were its
most since going 1-for-9 with the man-advantage against Los Angeles on Dec. 31.
Goaltender Sean Burke lost his sixth straight decision dating to Dec. 27.