Columbus plays Boston, aims to end road slide
Columbus Blue Jackets (32-31-5, sixth in the Metropolitan) vs. Boston Bruins (42-20-5, fourth in the Atlantic)
Boston; Saturday, 7 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Columbus travels to Boston looking to break its four-game road skid.
The Bruins are 23-12-2 in conference play. Boston averages 9.8 penalty minutes per game, the seventh-most in the league. Brad Marchand leads the team serving 81 total minutes.
The Blue Jackets are 17-22-1 in Eastern Conference play. Columbus ranks seventh in the Eastern Conference averaging 5.4 assists per game, led by Jakub Voracek with 0.7.
In their last meeting on March 5, Boston won 5-4.
TOP PERFORMERS: David Pastrnak leads the Bruins with 38 goals, adding 33 assists and recording 71 points. Marchand has seven goals and five assists over the last 10 games for Boston.
Gabriel Carlsson leads the Blue Jackets with a plus-four in 33 games this season. Oliver Bjorkstrand has 10 points over the last 10 games for Columbus.
LAST 10 GAMES: Bruins: 8-2-0, averaging 3.9 goals, seven assists, 4.6 penalties and 11.7 penalty minutes while giving up 2.5 goals per game with a .908 save percentage.
Blue Jackets: 4-4-2, averaging three goals, 5.4 assists, 4.2 penalties and 8.4 penalty minutes while giving up 3.7 goals per game with an .887 save percentage.
INJURIES: Bruins: Nick Foligno: day to day (lower-body), Craig Smith: day to day (illness).
Blue Jackets: Joonas Korpisalo: out for season (hip), Zach Werenski: out (upper-body).