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Monday, December 16th (All times Eastern)

Winnipeg Jets (14-15-5) at Columbus Blue Jackets (14-15-4), 7 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Columbus Blue Jackets aim to bounce back from a recent loss with a seventh straight victory over the Winnipeg franchise as they host the Jets on Monday night.

The Blue Jackets have not lost in this series since Dec. 9, 2005 against the Atlanta Thrashers. They have outscored the Jets/Thrashers franchise by a 15-5 margin over this current win streak with three shutout victories.

It has been even longer since the Jets have won in Columbus. Their last road win in this series came on March 22, 2003, losing four straight since.

The Blue Jackets have earned a point in five of their last six games, going 4-1-1. They failed to pick up a third straight victory on Saturday, falling 4-3 to the St. Louis Blues in overtime.

It was a discouraging loss though as Columbus got first-period goals from Artem Anisimov, Fedor Tyutin and Ryan Johansen before the Blues rallied back. St. Louis then got the winner 22 seconds into overtime after David Backes stole the puck, shook a defender and beat Mike McKenna top shelf.

"As soon as he made a move with his backhand, I went hard to the other side and the puck went back across, and I'm dead in the water," said McKenna, who made 27 saves. "It's frustrating. We were right there and definitely played well enough to win."

Columbus had been 36-0-0 when leading after two periods dating back to last season.

Though Curtis McElhinney is close to returning from a lower-body injury suffered last Thursday, McKenna will get his second straight start tonight. He is 0-2-0 with a 3.86 goals against average in two previous meetings with the Jets franchise.

Forward Marian Gaborik is also near a return to the Blue Jackets' lineup, but is expected to miss his 16th straight game due to a sprained knee.

The Jets hit the road following an 0-2-1 homestand. They completed the stay at home with a 6-4 setback to the Dallas Stars on Saturday.

Winnipeg three times rallied from a goal down, getting a goal from Matt Halischuk and two by Blake Wheeler through the first 35 minutes of the game. However, the Stars scored twice on a five-minute power play received after Anthony Peluso's major for boarding Stars defenseman with 4:32 left in the second period.

Olli Jokinen scored with 1:41 left in the game and Al Montoya stopped seven of eight shots faced in the third frame after relieving Ondrej Pavelec, who yielded five goals on 24 shots through the first two periods.

"We didn't accomplish what we set out to in this homestand," Winnipeg head coach Claude Noel admitted. "For me in this game, we took a step back because I haven't seen us play this way in quite some time."

Evander Kane missed his sixth straight game due to a lower-body injury, while Halischuk exited early due to a bruised right arm. He had surgery to repair a fractured forearm and is out indefinitely.

Also, Peluso was hit with a three-game suspension on Sunday for his hit versus the Stars.

Winnipeg will play two straight and four of its next five on the road.

Pavelec is winless in his career versus the Blue Jackets, going 0-4-0 with a 2.29 GAA.

12/16 10:37:50 ET

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Schedule

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Chicago 4/19 3:00 PM ET
St. Louis NBC, CBC, RDS
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Columbus 4/19 7:00 PM ET
Pittsburgh NBCSN, CBC, FSN-OH, ROOT
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Colorado NBCSN, TSN, Altitude
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Standings

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
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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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BAL 8
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NYY 5
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SEA 4
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ARI 4
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