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34-36-12
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Blues
33-36-13

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Sunday, 02.17.2008 / 5:00 PM

Associated Press

Injuries have limited Fredrik Modin's contributions to the Columbus Blue Jackets this season, but he's doing his best to make up for lost time.

Modin looks to continue his recent scoring outburst as the Blue Jackets (27-24-9) continue a five-game road trip on Sunday against the St. Louis Blues.

Modin has missed 47 games this season with hamstring, back and groin injuries, but has three goals in two games since coming off his latest injured reserve stint on Wednesday. The left wing scored twice on Friday in a 5-1 win over league-leading Detroit.

"Getting a couple of goals really helps your confidence," said Modin, who has 10 goals in 28 career games against the Blues, including three in the last two contests.

Modin was second on the Blue Jackets with 22 goals last season, and they hope he can remain healthy enough to help guide them to the postseason for the first time in franchise history. Columbus, which faces all three Eastern Canadian clubs after this contest, begins play in 11th place in the West but just three points behind Calgary and Vancouver, which are tied for seventh.

Columbus has won four of its last six on the road to improve to 11-15-3 this season.

Besides Modin's effort in his last game, All-Star Rick Nash had a goal and two assists for the Blue Jackets, who were coming off a 7-2 defeat to Chicago on Wednesday.

"We play our worst game of the year and follow it up with our best game of the year," coach Ken Hitchcock said.

Nash, a 30-goal scorer for the third time in four seasons, has two goals and three assists in a three-game points streak. He also scored one goal in each of his last six games versus the Blues.

Columbus is 3-2-0 against St. Louis this season, but have been outscored 9-3 in the two losses at Scottrade Center.

St. Louis (26-22-9) returns home after a 2-1 overtime loss to Nashville on Saturday. Manny Legace finished with 42 saves, but allowed Shea Weber's power-play goal 40 seconds into the extra session.

Legace has given up just 15 goals while winning his last six starts against Columbus. Since the end of the lockout, Legace also is 9-1-0 with a 2.60 goals-against average in 10 starts versus the Blue Jackets.

Brad Boyes continues to lead St. Louis with 30 goals, but has only one in his one in his last nine and none in five straight coming in. He's scored twice in five games against the Blue Jackets in 2007-08.

The Blues, who have missed the playoffs each of the last two seasons after a 25-year postseason appearance streak, are 12th in the West and just five points in back of the Flames and Canucks.

2007-2008 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Apr 06 '08STL 4 at CBJ 1B. Boyes
Apr 05 '08CBJ 0 at STL 3B. Boyes
Feb 17 '08CBJ 1 at STL 5D. Perron
Jan 11 '08STL 4 at CBJ 6D. Fritsche
Jan 08 '08CBJ 1 at STL 6A. McDonald
Nov 16 '07CBJ 2 at STL 3J. Mayers
Nov 04 '07STL 0 at CBJ 3M. Malhotra
Oct 25 '07STL 0 at CBJ 3J. Boll
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