Columbus, Ohio; Thursday, 7 p.m. EST
Columbus is 3-7-1 against the Metropolitan Division and 11-23-2 overall. The Blue Jackets have allowed 141 goals while scoring 94 for a -47 scoring differential.
Washington is 21-13-6 overall and 4-2-1 against the Metropolitan Division. The Capitals have a 21-1-3 record when scoring three or more goals.
The matchup Thursday is the first meeting of the season between the two clubs.
LAST 10 GAMES: Blue Jackets: 2-8-0, averaging two goals, 3.7 assists, 3.7 penalties and 7.7 penalty minutes while giving up 3.1 goals per game.
Capitals: 7-1-2, averaging 4.4 goals, 7.5 assists, 3.2 penalties and 6.6 penalty minutes while giving up 2.4 goals per game.
INJURIES: Blue Jackets: Patrik Laine: out (covid-19), 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).
The Associated Press