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GAME: Edmonton Oilers (18-20-7-1) at Columbus Blue Jackets (12-24-6-3).
TIME: Sunday, 7 p.m. EST.
Interim coach Gerrard Gallant looks to remain perfect at home as the
Columbus Blue Jackets host the Edmonton Oilers at Nationwide Arena.
The Blue Jackets beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 in overtime on Friday in
Gallant's first game at home since becoming interim coach on Jan. 1.
"Not much was said about Gerrard's first game here, but the guys didn't
want to have a letdown," said Geoff Sanderson, who scored the Blue Jackets'
Rick Nash, who leads the NHL with 27 goals, scored twice, including the
game-winner, for Columbus, which is 3-3-2-0 under Gallant. Nash has four goals
and an assist in his last five games.
"It was great," Gallant said. "We played two solid periods and then again
in the third period we laid back a bit. Fortunately, we got into overtime and
had a big goal by Nash."
The Blue Jackets, who play six of their next seven games at home, snapped an
eight-game home winless streak (0-6-1-1).
"We've been waiting a while," said Nash.
The Oilers are coming Saturday's 2-1 loss to the Nashville Predators -- just
their second defeat in five games. Ryan Smith scored with just nine seconds
left to help Edmonton avoid the shutout.
"We gave the puck away too much, and it added to the pressure we were
putting on ourselves," coach Craig MacTavish said.