Mar. 3, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets center Derick Brassard (16) and Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Michal Rozsival (32) battle for the puck along the boards during the third period at Jobing.com Arena. The Blue Jackets won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE
Columbus isn't going to make a playoff push, but the Blue Jackets could still win their third straight game for the first time all season.
Columbus beat Colorado and Phoenix in back-to-back road games last Thursday and Saturday, downing the Avalanche 2-0 and the Coyotes 5-2. The wins moved Columbus to 20-38-7 and gave them 47 points, nine shy of Edmonton with 17 games to play.
Rick Nash had two goals and an assist in Saturday's win over Phoenix. On the season Nash has 24 goals and 23 assists.
The Coyotes come to down desperate for a win. They are seventh place in the West with 75 points, two ahead of eighth-place San Jose and just three points ahead of the ninth- and 10th-place teams, Los Angeles and Colorado.
The Blue Jackets have twice had two-game winning streaks but have yet to make it three.