Columbus, Ohio; Saturday, 7 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: The New York Rangers face the Columbus Blue Jackets in Metropolitan Division play on Saturday.
Columbus is 24-46-8 overall and 6-14-3 against the Metropolitan Division. The Blue Jackets have given up 314 goals while scoring 205 for a -109 scoring differential.
New York has gone 46-21-12 overall with a 14-9-2 record against the Metropolitan Division. The Rangers are 23-6-2 in games they convert at least one power play.
Saturday's game is the fourth time these teams match up this season. The Blue Jackets won the previous matchup 5-1.
LAST 10 GAMES: Blue Jackets: 3-6-1, averaging 2.6 goals, 4.3 assists, 3.1 penalties and 8.1 penalty minutes while giving up 5.3 goals per game.
Rangers: 6-2-2, averaging 3.7 goals, 6.6 assists, three penalties and 8.1 penalty minutes while giving up 2.2 goals per game.
INJURIES: Blue Jackets: Mathieu Olivier: out (leg), Nick Blankenburg: out (ankle), Zach Werenski: out (shoulder/labrum), Jake Bean: out (shoulder), Justin Danforth: out (shoulder), Patrik Laine: out (triceps), Elvis Merzlikins: out (leg), Erik Gudbranson: out for season (shoulder).
Rangers: Patrick Kane: day to day (lower-body).