Columbus brings losing streak into matchup with Colorado

Colorado Avalanche (5-4-1, fourth in the Central Division) vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (3-8-0, eighth in the Metropolitan Division)

Saturday, 1 p.m. EDT

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK NHL LINE: Avalanche -261, Blue Jackets +211; over/under is 6.5

BOTTOM LINE: The Columbus Blue Jackets will try to break a four-game losing streak when they play the Colorado Avalanche.

Columbus had a 37-38-7 record overall and a 21-15-5 record at home last season. The Blue Jackets had a -39 goal differential last season, scoring 258 goals while allowing 297.

Colorado has a 3-3-0 record in road games and a 5-4-1 record overall. The Avalanche have allowed 30 goals while scoring 34 for a +4 scoring differential.

Saturday's game is the fourth meeting between these teams this season. The Avalanche won 6-3 in the previous matchup. Mikko Rantanen led the Avalanche with three goals.

TOP PERFORMERS: Sean Kuraly has scored two goals with two assists for the Blue Jackets. Johnny Gaudreau has five goals and four assists over the last 10 games.

Rantanen has seven goals and eight assists for the Avalanche. Nathan MacKinnon has three goals and 13 assists over the last 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Blue Jackets: 3-7-0, averaging 2.8 goals, 4.9 assists, 3.8 penalties and 8.1 penalty minutes while giving up 4.4 goals per game.

Avalanche: 5-4-1, averaging 3.4 goals, 6.2 assists, 4.8 penalties and 10.4 penalty minutes while giving up 2.9 goals per game.

INJURIES: Blue Jackets: Boone Jenner: day to day (illness), Joona Luoto: out (upper body), Justin Danforth: out (shoulder), Adam Boqvist: out (foot).

Avalanche: Valeri Nichushkin: day to day (lower-body), Darren Helm: out (undisclosed), Gabriel Landeskog: out (knee).

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