NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, January 20th (All times eastern)
St. Louis Blues (10-29-6) at Columbus Blue Jackets (16-29-2), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The St. Louis Blues try to end an eight-game skid tonight when they visit the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. The tilt matches the bottom two teams in the Western Conference.
The Blues' woes continued on Thursday night, losing, 5-4, in a shootout to host Washington. Alexander Ovechkin and Matt Pettinger each scored during the shootout period to lift the Capitals.
Sillinger, Dean McAmmond and Scott Young each finished with a goal and an assist in the loss. McAmmond also scored in the shootout.
Goaltender Curtis Sanford finished with 26 saves in the loss.
St. Louis checks in with the worst record in the National Hockey League at 26 points.
The Blues, who are 5-12-3 on the road, will host Vancouver on Monday.
Columbus, meanwhile, hopes to rebound after having a two-game winning streak ended in Wednesday's 4-0 loss to Detroit. Chris Osgood made 26 saves for his first shutout of the season to lift the Red Wings.
Jackets goaltender Pascal Leclaire was peppered with 41 shots and stopped 37 of them for the Blue Jackets.
Columbus star Rick Nash had a nine-game point streak ended. He had posted nine goals and seven assists during the tear. The Blue Jackets are 7-4-1 since Nash returned from a knee injury.
Some off-ice news for Columbus on Thursday, as it became known that defenseman Bryan Berard tested positive for a substance called 19-norandosterone in November. The test was done because Berard was on USA Hockey's preliminary roster for the 2006 Olympics. Berard did not ultimately make the final roster, but the positive test calls for a two-year ban from international competition. However, right now it seems that Berard will not be punished by the NHL, because the league did not perform the test.
Columbus, which is 10-12-0 at home, will visit Nashville on Saturday.
The Blues and Jackets have split four meetings this season.
01/20 10:15:25 ET