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Struggling clubs collide as Blue Jackets host Isles

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Columbus Blue Jackets try to put the brakes on a five-game slide, as they host the New York Islanders on Saturday in a matchup between struggling Metropolitan Division foes.

The Blue Jackets have lost five straight in regulation entering Saturday's battle and the club is just 3-9-0 over its past 12 trips to the ice. The Islanders haven't fared much better recently, losing two straight, four of five and posting a 3-5-1 mark in their last nine outings.

Columbus has been outscored by a combined 11-3 margin over its last three losses -- all on home ice -- and was on the wrong end of a 4-2 decision Thursday night against the New York Rangers. Carl Hagelin scored a pair of goals to back a 32-save effort from Cam Talbot in the win for the Blueshirts.

Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 30-of-33 shots in the loss, while Fedor Tyutin and Ryan Murray accounted for the Columbus goals.

"That was embarrassing hockey tonight," Blue Jackets head coach Todd Richards said of his team's performance. "And to me, that's losing hockey the way we played. We got exactly what we deserved. It would have been 7-1 going into the third period (but) our goalie was great."

The setback was the club's fourth straight at Nationwide Arena and dropped Columbus to 3-6-0 on home ice this season. Saturday's test is the final tilt of a four-game homestand, and the Blue Jackets will play seven of their next eight on the road.

The Blue Jackets haven't lost six in a row since an 0-5-1 slide from Jan. 19- Feb. 1, 2012.

Columbus has won three straight against the Islanders and is 4-0-2 in the last six games in this series. The Blue Jackets also have never lost in regulation on home ice against the Isles, going 6-0-1 with a tie over eight all-time encounters at Nationwide Arena.

The Islanders are 0-2 so far on a four-game road trip that will end Sunday in Montreal. New York began the swing with a 6-2 loss Tuesday in Washington and followed with a 1-0 setback in Thursday's tilt at Carolina.

Justin Peters stopped all 21 shots he faced in net to lead the Hurricanes to the close win over the visiting Isles. The lone goal of the game came early in the first period, when Ron Hainsey took a shot from the point that Radek Dvorak deflected past Kevin Poulin.

Poulin stopped 23-of-24 shots for New York, which was shut out for the first time this season.

"He made the saves that he had to for us and gave us a chance. That is nice to see from my young goaltender," said Islanders head coach Jack Capuano.

Capuano could opt to use Evgeni Nabokov on Saturday considering the veteran netminder is 19-4-3 with a sparkling 1.77 goals against average in 27 career games against the Blue Jackets.

Isles forward Cal Clutterbuck missed Thursday's game with an upper-body injury and is questionable for Saturday.

11/09 11:09:06 ET

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2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
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2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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