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Nash, Blue Jackets seek better defensive effort

Columbus (22-19-4) at Edmonton (23-19-3), 9:00 p.m. EST

EDMONTON, Alberta (Ticker) -- Now that sniper Rick Nash is back

from an injury that kept him sidelined for four games, the

Columbus Blue Jackets can concentrate on tightening up their

defense.

Seeking a better effort on the defensive end, Nash and Blue

Jackets continue their three-game homestand against the Edmonton

Oilers on Tuesday.

After sitting out with a sprained right knee, Nash immediately

made his presence felt for the surging Blue Jackets as the

center recorded a goal and two assists before netting the

decisive tally in a 6-5 shootout win over the Vancouver Canucks

on Sunday.

Columbus opened its stretch at home by bouncing back from a 2-1

setback against the New Jersey Devils on Friday.

Rookie Steve Mason, who will start in goal for the rookies in

the YoungStars game as part of the All-Star Weekend festivities

in Montreal later in the month, entered the game with a

league-leading 1.81 goals-against average.

But he yielded five goals for just the second time this season

before finishing with 25 saves for Columbus, which has won five

of its last seven contests on the road.

Edmonton, meanwhile, won its second straight game after

defeating the Phoenix Coyotes, 6-3, on Sunday.

Captain Ethan Moreau registered his first career hat trick and

Ales Hemsky had two goals after missing 10 games because of a

concussion.

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