Blue Jackets trying to end three-game skid

Nashville (14-12-2) at Columbus (11-13-3), 7:00 pm EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Ticker) — The Columbus Blue Jackets hope a
return home can get them back in the win column.

After a disastrous road trip through California, the Blue
Jackets will look to get back on track against the Nashville
Predators on Thursday.

Columbus failed to get through its three-game stop in the
“Golden State” with a point. After dropping a 3-2 decision to
the San Jose Sharks on Thursday, the Blue Jackets were blanked
by the Los Angeles Kings, 3-0, on Saturday and lost to the
Anaheim Ducks, 5-3, on Sunday.

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Rookie Derick Brassard and defenseman Kris Russell each had a
goal and an assist Sunday for Columbus, which is seeking its
third straight home win.

The 21-year-old Brassard has nine goals and a team-leading 13

The Predators are hoping to avoid a third straight loss after
suffering a 3-1 setback to the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday.
Dan Ellis made his first start since November 29, but did
receive much help from the offense.

Ellis, who is being challenged by Pekka Rinne for the starting
job, turned aside 25 of 27 shots.