NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, January 15th (All times eastern)
Vancouver Canucks (25-16-4) at Columbus Blue Jackets (21-18-6), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Columbus Blue Jackets will try for their first three- game winning streak since October when they welcome the Vancouver Canucks for tonight's tilt at Nationwide Arena.
The Blue Jackets are coming off wins over St. Louis and Nashville and tonight can post three straight wins for the first time since winning four in a row from October 23-31.
Columbus earned its most recent victory by a way of a shootout, as it defeated the visiting Nashville Predators, 2-1. Nikolai Zherdev scored the lone goal of the deciding segment.
Zherdev built up a head of steam through center ice, shifted to the left, and stuck a wrister past Preds netminder Chris Mason on the short side. Mike Peca and Rick Nash followed by missing their chances, and Martin Erat was denied for Nashville.
On the final attempt, J.P. Dumont tried stickhandling while closing in on Pascal Leclaire, but Leclaire was not fooled and squeezed his pads on the shot to end the game. Leclaire made 26 saves in regulation to earn his 15th win of the season.
Rostislav Klesla tallied in regulation for the Blue Jackets, who snapped a 12- game losing streak to their Central Division rivals.
Tonight marks the finale of a three-game homestand for Columbus, which is 15-6-4 as the host club this year.
Vancouver ended a two-game slide on Sunday, as the Canucks posted a dramatic victory in St. Louis. Alexander Edler scored the only goal of the shootout, giving the Canucks a 4-3 win over the Blues at Scottrade Center.
After the first two shooters for each team failed to get one across the goal line, Edler scored on a wrister that sailed over Manny Legace's blocker on the left side. Roberto Luongo made a pad save on Andy McDonald's attempt to seal the win.
Daniel Sedin had a goal and two assists, and brother Henrik had a goal and an assist for Vancouver, which avoided blowing a two-goal lead. Luongo made 19 saves in the win.
Vancouver, which is 12-9-2 as the visitor this year, is playing the middle segment of a three-game road trip tonight. The Canucks will complete the trip Thursday in Detroit.
The Canucks are 2-0 against the Blue Jackets this season and have won six of eight and seven of the last 10 games in the series. Vancouver has also come out on top in three of its previous four stops in Ohio.
01/15 10:37:37 ET