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Friday, December 9th (All times eastern)

Columbus Blue Jackets (8-19-0) at Atlanta Thrashers (10-16-3), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Columbus Blue Jackets hope to continue their momentum surge tonight when they visit the Atlanta Thrashers at Philips Arena.

The Jackets have won three of their last four games after six consecutive losses.

On Thursday, Pascal Leclaire made 37 saves in regulation and three more during the shootout as Columbus posted a 4-3 victory over the New York Islanders at Nationwide Arena.

David Vyborny recorded the only shootout goal and added one assist in the win. Sergei Fedorov scored for the first time in a Columbus uniform, while Adam Foote and also tallied in his first game action in two weeks. Nikolai Zherdev scored his fifth goal in the win.

Foote, who was named the Blue Jackets' captain prior to the game, was activated from injured reserve Thursday after missing time with a groin injury.

Columbus, which is 3-11-0 on the road, will host New Jersey on Sunday.

Atlanta, meanwhile, has seen things take a turn downward in recent weeks. The Thrashers have lost a season-high five consecutive games heading into this evening's tilt. On Tuesday they dropped a 5-3 tilt in San Jose to complete a three-game road trip.

Marian Hossa scored twice and Brad Larsen added his second tally of the season for Atlanta. Rookie goaltender Michael Garnett stopped 21 of 26 shots for the Thrashers.

On the health front, the Thrashers placed winger Peter Bondra on injured reserve Thursday due to a groin/abdominal injury. He has already missed the last two contests. The team also placed goaltender Steve Shields (knee) on IR.

Atlanta, which is 5-7-1 at home, begins a three-game Philips Arena set tonight and will host Chicago on Sunday.

The Thrashers and Jackets split two meetings during the 2003-04 season, but Atlanta has won four of the seven all-time clashes.

12/09 10:20:57 ET

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