COLUMBUS, Ohio (Ticker) -- The Columbus Blue Jackets are hoping a
return to familiar surroundings will result in a reversal of
After playing five of their first six games on the road, the
Blue Jackets open a five-game homestand Friday when they take on
the San Jose Sharks.
Columbus is off to a difficult start with a league-low 11 goals
and is one of three teams without a home victory. Rick Nash,
who scored 41 times in 2003-2004, remains sidelined with a
sprained right ankle.
Nikolai Zherdev scored his first goal of the season for the Blue
Jackets, who failed to convert on seven power-play
opportunities and dropped their third straight contest Sunday, a
3-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings.
San Jose surrendered five third-period goals and lost the second
contest of a season-long six-game road trip Wednesday, a 6-1
defeat against the Minnesota Wild.
Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov has dominated Columbus, posting
an 11-2 record with a 1.48 goals-against average in career 13
San Jose, which has one victory in five road contests, recorded
a 4-1 triumph over Columbus in their last meeting October 12.
Wayne Primeau scored twice and Jonathan Cheechoo added two