NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Monday, February 2nd (All times eastern)
Columbus Blue Jackets (15-27-7-3) at Phoenix Coyotes (18-18-13-2), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Phoenix Coyotes try to establish home-ice advantage tonight when they welcome the Columbus Blue Jackets to their brand-new building, Glendale Arena.
The Coyotes have struggled in their new arena, posting just a 2-6-1-1 mark at Glendale since opening the building on December 27.
Phoenix's latest home setback came on Saturday evening, as the Dallas Stars posted a 5-4 win. Brenden Morrow scored his first career hat trick during the victory.
Ladislav Nagy and Shane Doan each had a goal and an assist in the losing effort for Phoenix, which is 1-3 in the current six-game homestand. The Coyotes have dropped three straight games, and fell to 2-6-2 in their last eight overall.
The Coyotes play the final test of their home set on Wednesday against Florida.
Columbus is coming off Saturday's thrilling overtime victory against Minnesota. Anders Eriksson scored with 2:01 left in the extra session to lift the Blue Jackets to a 2-1 win over the Wild at Nationwide Arena.
Marc Denis made 31 saves for the Blue Jackets, who snapped a two-game losing streak.
Eriksson gave Columbus the victory when he fired a shot from the right point that deflected off the stick of Wild forward Eric Chouinard and eluded Dwayne Roloson for the game-winner.
On the injury front, Columbus defenseman Duvie Westcott left the game with a hand injury late in the second and did not return.
The Coyotes have posted a tie and a win in two meetings with Columbus this season, and have just one loss in their last nine meetings with the Blue Jackets (6-1-2).
02/02 10:36:48 ET