Facebook Twitter Instagram Desksite Tumblr
Blue Jackets

Game Preview

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Phoenix Coyotes

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:50 AM

Associated Press

Share with your Friends

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Phoenix Coyotes
Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Phoenix Coyotes

GAME: Columbus Blue Jackets (15-27-7-3) at Phoenix Coyotes (18-18-13-2).

TIME: Monday, 9 p.m. EST.

The Columbus Blue Jackets may have to make do without NHL goal leader Rick Nash when they take on the struggling Phoenix Coyotes at Glendale Arena.

Nash suffered a bruised foot and missed the final two periods of Columbus' 2-1 overtime win over Minnesota on Saturday.

Nash, who has 31 goals, extended his point streak to four games with an assist in the first period. He has three goals and three assists in that span.

"When Nash got hurt and didn't come back for the second period it was sort of a letdown for our club," Blue Jackets interim coach Gerard Gallant said.

But with Nash hurt, Columbus got some unexpected help.

Anders Eriksson's long slap shot deflected off a Wild player and beat goalie Dwayne Roloson 2:59 into overtime. It was only Eriksson's second goal of the season - and just the 16th of his 382-game NHL career.

"Oh, yeah," Eriksson said, when asked if it was his first overtime goal. "I don't score too many goals. ... I've got, like, what, 17, 18 goals? Not a whole lot. You've got to make 'em count. It's better to have quality than quantity."

Phoenix has lost three straight and is 2-6-1-1 at home since moving to Glendale Arena on Dec. 27.

Shane Doan, Ladislav Nagy, Chris Gratton and Mike Sillinger scored for the Coyotes in a 5-4 loss to Dallas on Saturday.

"We have a couple of more games at home before the All-Star break and we just need to continue to cleanup some areas and turn things around," Doan said.

Doan, the team's captain, reached 20 goals for the fifth straight season. He is within one goal of last season's total, and only six short of tying his career high, which he set in 1999-2000 and 2000-01.

The Coyotes had seven consecutive power plays in the first and second periods Saturday, including spending 12:12 of the middle period with the man-advantage, but they scored just once. Phoenix's eight power plays were its most since going 1-for-9 with the man-advantage against Los Angeles on Dec. 31.

Goaltender Sean Burke lost his sixth straight decision dating to Dec. 27.

2003-2004 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Feb 20 '04 CBJ 2 at PHX 3 D. Langkow
Feb 02 '04 CBJ 3 at PHX 3 - OT A. Eriksson
Dec 23 '03 PHX 2 at CBJ 1 D. Tanabe
Nov 16 '03 PHX 2 at CBJ 2 - OT A. Cassels
Columbusbluejackets.com is the official Web site of the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Columbus Blue Jackets and columbusbluejackets.com are trademarks of The Columbus Blue Jackets Hockey Club.  NHL and the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup are registered trademarks and the NHL Shield and NHL Conference logos are trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P.  Copyright © 2015 Columbus Blue Jackets Hockey Club and the National Hockey League.  All Rights Reserved. View the Columbus Blue Jackets Privacy Policy AdChoices NHL.com Terms of Service
Please use the feedback form if you have any recommendations or comments.