NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, March 26th
(All times Eastern)
Columbus Blue Jackets (13-13-6) at Vancouver Canucks (17-9-6), 10 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Columbus Blue Jackets will try to rebound from their
first regulation loss in a month when they visit the streaking Vancouver
Canucks in Tuesday's clash at Rogers Arena.
The Blue Jackets recently recorded the longest point streak in team history,
going 12 straight games from Feb. 26-March 22 without a regulation loss.
Columbus had that run and a three-game winning streak snapped on Saturday,
when it lost a 5-2 decision at Nashville.
Columbus will try to get back on track in Vancouver, a city the Blue Jackets
have had little success in over the years. The Canucks have won their last
five home encounters against Columbus and Vancouver has claimed 11 of the past
13 meetings overall.
The clubs met two weeks ago in Columbus and the Canucks recorded a 2-1
The Blue Jackets found themselves behind 4-1 after one period in Nashville on
Sunday and were never able to recover.
Artem Anisimov and R.J. Umberger each had a goal for the Blue Jackets, while
Sergei Bobrovsky had his first rough game for Columbus in a while. Bobrovsky
gave up four goals on 11 shots before being pulled halfway through the first
period. Steven Mason, who saw his first action since March 5, stopped all 12
shots he faced in relief.
"We need everyone on top of their game, and we didn't have everyone tonight,"
said Columbus coach Todd Richards. "That's what happens when you don't."
Despite Bobrovsky's poor showing, the Russian netminder is expected to get a
10th straight start on Tuesday.
Columbus, which is two points out of a playoff spot in the West, is making
the second stop on a four-game road trip. The Blue Jackets are just 3-9-1 on
the road this season.
While the Blue Jackets will try to get back in the win column on Tuesday, the
Canucks will be aiming for their fifth straight victory. Vancouver's recent
four-game surge has the club tied with Minnesota for first place in the
Vancouver is back home after posting the last three wins on the road. The
Canucks capped the successful three-game swing with Sunday's 3-2 victory
against Colorado. Alexandre Burrows' second-period marker proved to be the
difference, as the Canucks earned their ninth consecutive win over the
Jason Garrison and Mason Raymond each scored once for the Canucks. Cory
Schneider stopped 26-of-28 shots for Vancouver.
"We've got to kind of put our heads down and plow ahead and pile up the
points, get as many as we can get and not look around to see who's doing what
or where we are in the standings," Schneider said.
The Canucks are playing two straight and five of their next seven games at
home and are 8-5-3 as the host this season.
Vancouver will get defenseman Alex Edler back Tuesday after he served a two-
game suspension for running into Phoenix goaltender Mike Smith.
03/26 11:14:06 ET