Blue Jackets-Blues Preview
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.
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
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
"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
"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