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GAME: Columbus Blue Jackets (11-23-4-3) at Los Angeles Kings (16-14-7-4).TIME: Saturday, 10:30 p.m. EST.
It took former Columbus coach Doug MacLean 15 road games to lead the Blue Jackets to their first victory away from home this season.
His replacement, Gerard Gallant, has doubled that road-win total in just one week on the job.
Columbus looks to win for the third time in five games under Gallant when it continues its seven-game road trip with a stop in Los Angeles to play the Kings.
Gallant took over the Blue Jackets on Jan. 1 when team president and general manager MacLean gave up the coaching duties.
Gallant led Columbus to a rare road win in his coaching debut the next night as the Blue Jackets opened their trip with a 2-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Columbus went on to lose the next two games of the trip, but on Thursday,Rick Nash scored his league-leading 24th goal with 2.1 seconds left in overtime as the Blue Jackets beat the Sharks 3-2 for their first win ever in San Jose.
The Blue Jackets were 1-11-1-2 away from home under MacLean, and didn't pick up their first road win until Dec. 26.
"We beat a real good team on the road, that's the big thing," Gallant said. "We've struggled, but I told them we're 2-2 on this seven-game road trip now, so we've got to feel pretty good about that."
Columbus will try to make it two straight wins on the road for the first time since last January when it faces a Los Angeles team it has beaten five times in a row since a 5-1 home loss on Feb. 26, 2002.
The Kings lost 3-1 to the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday to extend their winless streak to 10 games (0-3-6-1).
To make matters worse for Los Angeles, it learned that leading scorer Ziggy Palffy will be out indefinitely because of a dislocated right shoulder that might require season-ending surgery.
The injury occurred during Wednesday night's 4-4 tie at Anaheim, when Palffy tried to go on a breakaway in overtime and got tangled up with Mighty Ducks defenseman Todd Simpson.
"We're not going to have him and we've got to find a way to win -- and we plan to do that," Kings coach Andy Murray said. "We've had our fair share of injuries, but we'll plug somebody into the hole that was created by Ziggy coming out.
"Our lineup is a good enough lineup that we should be expecting to get the job done."
|Feb 21 '04||CBJ 3 at LAK 4||I. Laperriere|
|Feb 11 '04||LAK 2 at CBJ 3 - OT||D. Vyborny|
|Jan 16 '04||LAK 2 at CBJ 3 - OT||R. Nash|
|Jan 10 '04||CBJ 2 at LAK 2 - OT||T. Klatt|