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Sunday, January 8th (All times eastern)

Columbus Blue Jackets (12-27-2) at Phoenix Coyotes (20-19-2), 8 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Columbus Blues Jackets try to snap a three-game losing streak tonight when they visit the Phoenix Coyotes at Glendale Arena.

The Blue Jackets did pick up a point in their latest loss Saturday night in Colorado. Alex Tanguay had a goal in regulation and netted the game-winner in the shootout portion to give the Avalanche a 3-2 victory at the Pepsi Center.

Rick Nash and Sergei Fedorov both scored for the Blue Jackets, while goaltender Pascal Leclaire finished with 46 saves in defeat.

Nash assisted on Fedorov's goal and Nikolai Zherdev added a pair of helpers for the Jackets.

The Blue Jackets have dropped the last three tests on their current five-game road trip, which ends tonight. They are 4-16-2 away from home this year

Meanwhile, the Coyotes have played just once in the New Year, dropping a 4-0 decision Thursday in Los Angeles. Luc Robitaille scored two goals and Mathieu Garon made 29 saves to record his first shutout of the season for the Kings.

Curtis Joseph replaced an ineffective Brian Boucher in net and stopped all 13 shots he faced as the Coyotes lost their second game in a row. Boucher stopped 9-of-12 shots before being pulled after the first period.

Los Angeles netted three goals in the first stanza to open up a commanding early advantage.

The Coyotes are 11-8-1 at Glendale Arena this season. They begin a three-game road trip Tuesday evening in Ottawa.

Phoenix won its only encounter with the Blue Jackets this season by a 5-1 score. That game was played on November 20 at Glendale and dropped Columbus to 0-6-3 all-time in road games against the Coyotes.

The Coyotes are an unbeaten 4-0-2 (4 wins, 2 ties) in the last six meetings overall.

01/08 10:24:12 ET


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