NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, November 29th (All times eastern)
Washington Capitals (6-15-1-1) at Columbus Blue Jackets (7-11-3-1), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Washington Capitals, holders of the worst record in the Eastern Conference, hope to snap a two-game losing streak tonight when they visit the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena.
With 14 points, the Caps are one behind 14th-place Pittsburgh in the conference standings. Washington has yet to win back-to-back games this season and is 1-3-0-1 in its last five.
On Friday, Montreal converted three of its first nine shots en route to a 5-3 win over the Capitals at the MCI Center. Robert Lang, Alexander Semin and Brendan Witt scored in defeat, while Olaf Kolzig turned aside just 17- of-22 shots.
Lang kept his scoring streak alive as he registered a point for the 14th consecutive game (11g, 11a). Mike Gartner holds the franchise record with a 17-game point streak, which he accomplished twice during his career in Washington.
Jaromir Jagr, who has been the subject of trade rumors this week, chipped in with an assist to extend his own run to 10 games (4g, 11a). Jagr played despite nursing a groin injury suffered Wednesday night in Buffalo.
Washington, 3-9-1 on the road, opens a five-game swing tonight and will visit the NY Islanders on Tuesday.
Columbus, meanwhile, had its three-game unbeaten streak halted Wednesday, as it fell 4-2 in Nashville. Rick Nash and Manny Malhotra scored for the Blue Jackets, who are 2-1-1 in their last four games.
Marc Denis made 29 saves as Columbus remained the only team in the NHL without a road win this season (0-8-1-1).
Nash gave the Blue Jackets a 1-0 lead just 1:44 into the contest, but the Predators responded with four unanswered goals to take control of the game. The former No. 1 overall pick is tied for fourth in the league with 13 markers and is riding a four-game point-scoring streak (3g, 1a).
Trevor Letowski also has a point in each of his last four games (1g, 3a).
Columbus will be in Ohio for its next three games and hopes to continue success at Nationwide Arena. The Jackets are 7-3-2 on home ice this season.
Washington, which went 1-0-1 against the Jackets last season, is unbeaten (3-0-1) in the last four meetings with Columbus.
11/29 10:13:26 ET