Wednesday, March 17, 2004

Edmonton 3 Columbus 2 Yet another close road loss. Blue Jacket goals by Alexander Svitov and Andrew Cassels; Oiler goals by Marc-Andre Bergeron, Georges Laraque and Ethan Moreau. Denis and Conklin in goal.

Bolstering a lackluster offense will be the focus in the off-season. Despite Nash's emergence as a sniper, the Blue Jackets desperately need to punch up the offensive firepower. Outshot and outscored on a nightly basis, Columbus faces the necessity of a major upgrade in offense in the wake of a trade of their all-time leading scorer Geoff Sanderson (who immediately starting pumping out points in Vancouver). Who will take over behind the bench for "interim" Gallant? Lots of questions for next year and this season still has games left.

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