Edmonton (6-4-1) at Columbus (4-6-2), 7:30 pm EST
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Ticker) — Columbus Blue Jackets captain Rich
Nash has been silent, and so has his team lately.
Losers of five of their last six games, the Blue Jackets and
their struggling superstar hope to generate a spark when they
host the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday.
Nash has failed to score a goal in his last six games after
totaling five in the season’s first six contests. His fortunes
could change in this game, however, as he has 10 goals and six
assists in 19 career games against Edmonton – including a hat
trick on December 31.
Columbus’ record in its recent skid is a bit misleading,
considering every game has been decided by two goals or less.
The Blue Jackets are coming off a deflating 4-3 overtime loss to
the lowly New York Islanders on Monday. They erased a
three-goal deficit with an outburst in the third period but
fizzled in the extra session, falling to 1-3-2 in their last six
Columbus has received encouraging play from center Derick
Brassard, who was the NHL’s top-scoring rookie in October with
four goals and five assists in 10 games. The sixth overall
pick in the 2006 draft has four tallies and 11 points in 11
Having played only three games at home thus far this season,
Edmonton is in the middle of its longest road trip of the
campaign. The Oilers play the fourth of their seven-game road
trip Wednesday and hope to extend their winning streak to three.
Prior to defeating the Carolina Hurricanes and Philadelphia
Flyers over the weekend, they dropped five straight, scoring
just five goals in that span.
After watching Dwayne Roloson start two consecutive games and
three of the last four, goaltender Mathieu Garon could be back
in net for a favorable matchup. Garon is 6-1-1 with one tie and
a 2.31 goals-against average in nine career contests against the
Columbus was 1-1-2 last season and 2-2-0 in 2005-06 against
Edmonton but never has won a season series between the teams.