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NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, March 26th (All times Eastern)
Columbus Blue Jackets (13-13-6) at Vancouver Canucks (17-9-6), 10 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Columbus Blue Jackets will try to rebound from their first regulation loss in a month when they visit the streaking Vancouver Canucks in Tuesday's clash at Rogers Arena.
The Blue Jackets recently recorded the longest point streak in team history, going 12 straight games from Feb. 26-March 22 without a regulation loss. Columbus had that run and a three-game winning streak snapped on Saturday, when it lost a 5-2 decision at Nashville.
Columbus will try to get back on track in Vancouver, a city the Blue Jackets have had little success in over the years. The Canucks have won their last five home encounters against Columbus and Vancouver has claimed 11 of the past 13 meetings overall.
The clubs met two weeks ago in Columbus and the Canucks recorded a 2-1 shootout win.
The Blue Jackets found themselves behind 4-1 after one period in Nashville on Sunday and were never able to recover.
Artem Anisimov and R.J. Umberger each had a goal for the Blue Jackets, while Sergei Bobrovsky had his first rough game for Columbus in a while. Bobrovsky gave up four goals on 11 shots before being pulled halfway through the first period. Steven Mason, who saw his first action since March 5, stopped all 12 shots he faced in relief.
"We need everyone on top of their game, and we didn't have everyone tonight," said Columbus coach Todd Richards. "That's what happens when you don't."
Despite Bobrovsky's poor showing, the Russian netminder is expected to get a 10th straight start on Tuesday.
Columbus, which is two points out of a playoff spot in the West, is making the second stop on a four-game road trip. The Blue Jackets are just 3-9-1 on the road this season.
While the Blue Jackets will try to get back in the win column on Tuesday, the Canucks will be aiming for their fifth straight victory. Vancouver's recent four-game surge has the club tied with Minnesota for first place in the Northwest.
Vancouver is back home after posting the last three wins on the road. The Canucks capped the successful three-game swing with Sunday's 3-2 victory against Colorado. Alexandre Burrows' second-period marker proved to be the difference, as the Canucks earned their ninth consecutive win over the Avalanche.
Jason Garrison and Mason Raymond each scored once for the Canucks. Cory Schneider stopped 26-of-28 shots for Vancouver.
"We've got to kind of put our heads down and plow ahead and pile up the points, get as many as we can get and not look around to see who's doing what or where we are in the standings," Schneider said.
The Canucks are playing two straight and five of their next seven games at home and are 8-5-3 as the host this season.
Vancouver will get defenseman Alex Edler back Tuesday after he served a two- game suspension for running into Phoenix goaltender Mike Smith.
03/26 11:14:06 ET