NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Tuesday, January 9th
(All times eastern)
St. Louis Blues (13-21-7) at Columbus Blue Jackets (16-22-4), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The two bottom teams in the Central Division meet this
evening in Columbus, as the Blue Jackets welcome the St. Louis Blues to
The Blues are currently last in the Central with 33 points, but are just three
behind Columbus for the fourth spot.
St. Louis has dropped two of three games to start off 2007 and was handed a
close loss in Nashville on Saturday. J.P. Dumont scored the game-winner late
in the third period to lift the Predators past the Blues, 3-2.
Martin Rucinsky and Lee Stempniak posted goals for the Blues, who have dropped
13 straight against Nashville, including all five meetings this year.
Blues goaltender Manny Legace made 21 saves in defeat.
St. Louis, which is 5-10-4 as the visitor this season, is playing the middle
portion of a three-game road trip tonight.
The Blue Jackets have also dropped two of their last three games and are
coming off Saturday's 5-2 setback in San Jose. Ryane Clowe netted his first
career hat trick to lead the Sharks to the win at HP Pavilion.
Gilbert Brule and Nikolai Zherdev scored for Columbus, while Fredrik Norrena
surrendered five goals on 33 shots.
Jackets winger Rick Nash (back) and veteran center Sergei Fedorov (elbow) both
missed Saturday's game. Columbus should have Nash back tonight, but Fedorov is
expected to miss this contest.
The Blue Jackets have won two of the three meetings with St. Louis this year
and have taken seven of the last 11 overall encounters. The Blues have dropped
four of their last six in Columbus, but did win at Nationwide on November 22.
01/09 10:35:55 ET