Blues Vs. Blue Jackets: Columbus Looks To Return Favor At Home Against St. Louis

Mar 10, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Cam Atkinson (13) shoots past St. Louis Blues defenseman Roman Polak (46) during the second period at Scottrade Center. St. Louis Blues goalie Brian Elliott (1) blocked the shot. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-US PRESSWIRE

Columbus faces the top team in the Western Conference on consecutive days.

The Columbus Blue Jackets look to avoid getting swept in their home-and-home series this weekend against the St. Louis Blues when the two teams meet in Columbus on Sunday evening.

The Blues defended their home ice on Saturday beating Columbus 4-1 behind a strong effort by goaltender Brian Elliot who denied 21 of 22 shots by the Blue Jackets to bolster his league leading goals against average of 1.61. The win gave the Blues a franchise-best 29th home win as they maintain the top spot in the Western Conference.

In their win on Saturday, St. Louis spread the wealth with four different players scoring goals while Andy McDonald assisted on two of the scores.

Columbus remains at the bottom of the Western Conference but will try to take but was off to a strong start in the month of March winning four consecutive games before losing in St. Louis. Cam Atkinson scored the sole goal for the Blue Jackets.

For more on the Columbus Blue Jackets, check out The Cannon. You can also head over to SB Nation's main NHL hub at SBNation.com/NHL.

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