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Thursday, January 15th (All times eastern)

Columbus Blue Jackets (11-23-6-3) at St. Louis Blues (23-13-5-1), 8 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Columbus Blue Jackets wrap up a seven-game road trip tonight when they visit the St. Louis Blues at Savvis Center.

Columbus is 2-2-2 during the swing thus far, including consecutive ties in Los Angeles and Anaheim. On Sunday, Rick Nash scored the tying goal in the third period and Marc Denis made 11 saves in overtime, as the Blue Jackets skated to a 2-2 stalemate with the Ducks at the Pond.

Denis finished with 41 saves for the Blue Jackets, who are unbeaten in three games (1-0-2). All three have gone to overtime.

Nash leads the NHL with 25 goals -- one more than Vancouver's Markus Naslund. He has two scores in the last three games after a five-match drought.

The Blue Jackets, who are 3-11-3-2 in their last 19 games overall, will host Los Angeles on Monday.

St. Louis, meanwhile, has lost three of its last four games, and is 2-5-1 in the last eight overall. On Tuesday the Blues suffered a 5-2 loss in Montreal. Mike Ribeiro and Jan Bulis each had a goal and an assist to lead the Canadiens.

Pavol Demitra and Eric Nickulas scored for the Blues, who trail Detroit by eight points in the Central Division standings. Chris Osgood turned aside 23 shots in the loss.

The Blues hope a return to the Savvis Center cures their woes, as they are 7-2-4 in their last 13 home games. St. Louis will host Minnesota on Saturday.

The Blues are 3-0 against the Jackets this season, and have won five straight in the series overall.

01/15 10:45:37 ET


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