Columbus, Ohio; Saturday, 4 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: The Columbus Blue Jackets take on the Metropolitan Division-leading Carolina Hurricanes.
Columbus has a 3-8-1 record in Metropolitan Division play and an 11-24-2 record overall. The Blue Jackets have a -51 scoring differential, with 96 total goals scored and 147 given up.
Carolina has a 25-8-6 record overall and a 10-2-0 record in Metropolitan Division play. The Hurricanes have gone 22-3-2 when scoring at least three goals.
The matchup Saturday is the second time these teams meet this season. The Hurricanes won 4-1 in the previous meeting.
LAST 10 GAMES: Blue Jackets: 1-9-0, averaging 1.6 goals, 2.9 assists, 3.8 penalties and 7.9 penalty minutes while giving up 3.2 goals per game.
Hurricanes: 8-2-0, averaging 3.9 goals, 6.8 assists, 4.6 penalties and 9.2 penalty minutes while giving up 2.7 goals per game.
INJURIES: Blue Jackets: Jakub Voracek: out (concussion), Zach Werenski: out (shoulder/labrum), Jake Bean: out (shoulder), Nick Blankenburg: out (ankle), Yegor Chinakhov: out (ankle), Justin Danforth: out (shoulder), Boone Jenner: out (thumb), Eric Robinson: day to day (upper-body).
The Associated Press