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Blue Jackets still wearing loser's tag

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(Sports Network) - In two short weeks, all eyes will be on the city of Columbus for the biggest game of the college football season, the much- anticipated matchup between No. 1 Ohio State and second-ranked Michigan.

The Columbus Blue Jackets will likely relish all the focus on the Buckeyes, since it diverts the attention from the team's recent lack of success.

Columbus lost for the sixth time in seven games on Wednesday, a 5-3 setback to Colorado at Nationwide Arena. Prior to that defeat, the Jackets were shut out for the third time this season in Saturday's 1-0 loss at New Jersey.

The Blue Jackets had one of the league's most anemic offenses last season, but appeared to have significantly upgraded that area in the offseason. The club traded for right wing Fredrik Modin, a key member of Tampa Bay's run to the Stanley Cup in 2003-04, and signed veteran sniper Anson Carter, who was coming off a 33-goal campaign with Vancouver.

But through its first 10 games of the season, Columbus has managed only 22 goals, the third-worst average in the league. Superstar forward Rick Nash hasn't found the net in seven consecutive games, while Carter (1 goal, 1 assist) has been a huge early disappointment recently relegated to fourth-line duty.

The offense did show some life, however, in Wednesday's defeat. The Blue Jackets peppered Avalanche goaltender Jose Theodore with 44 shots, but cost themselves dearly with sloppy defensive play. Most of Colorado's five goals came on odd-man rushes.

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