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Tuesday, November 12th (All times Eastern)

Columbus Blue Jackets (6-10-0) at Washington Capitals (9-8-1), 7 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Washington Capitals hope to avoid matching their longest losing streak of the season when they host the Columbus Blue Jackets in Tuesday's Metropolitan Division clash at Verizon Center.

The Capitals had won four straight to open the month of November before going 0-1-1 on a two-game road trip. Washington dropped a 4-3 shootout decision in Phoenix on Saturday despite carrying a 3-1 lead into the third period and was then handed a 4-1 setback the following night at Colorado.

Former Washington netminder Semyon Varlamov stopped 33-of-34 shots on Sunday to frustrate his former teammates. Varlamov spent his first three seasons with the Capitals before being traded to Colorado following the 2010-11 campaign.

Joel Ward netted the lone Washington goal and Braden Holtby allowed all four goals on 37 shots for the Capitals, who had their worst losing streak of the season when they went 0-3-0 from Oct. 5-12.

"We let it get away from us in the end," Capitals head coach Adam Oates said of Sunday's performance.

Washington will play four of its next five game on home ice and is 6-3-0 in D.C. this season.

While the Caps aim to end a two-game funk on Tuesday, the Blue Jackets will aim to post back-to-back wins after ending a five-game skid in their last trip to the ice.

Columbus was mired in an 0-5-0 stretch before busting out of the slump with Saturday's 5-2 win over the visiting New York Islanders. The decisive victory allowed the Blue Jackets to salvage the final tilt of a four-game homestand before it began a stretch of seven road tests in eight outings.

Brandon Dubinsky and Ryan Johansen each collected a goal and two assists to lead the Jackets past the Isles on Saturday. The score was tied at 2-2 after two periods, but Columbus received three unanswered goals from R.J. Umberger, Cam Atkinson and James Wisniewski in the final stanza to end its longest winless stretch since an 0-5-1 rut in December of 2011.

Wisniewski added an assist on the evening, while Sergei Bobrovsky aided Columbus' cause with a 24-save effort between the pipes.

"I thought everybody was on the same page right from the start," said Johansen. "We were all working together and every line was doing all the little things to get pucks deep, pucks to the net and all that stuff. If you do that continuously throughout the game, you're going to be successful."

The Blue Jackets are 2-4-0 as the visiting team this season. The club will visit Boston on Thursday, then host Montreal on Friday before heading out on a five-game swing.

Columbus forward Nick Foligno missed Saturday's game due to personal reasons and is not expected to return until Thursday's tilt in Boston.

Washington recorded a 4-1 home win over the Blue Jackets on Oct. 19 as Holtby turned aside 37-of-38 shots to anchor the Capitals. That was the first career appearance against Columbus for Holtby, while Bobrovsky, who yielded four goals on 39 shots in the earlier loss, is 1-1-1 with a 3.55 goals against average in four lifetime outings against Washington

The Caps have won four straight in this series overall and boast a 4-1-1 record with one tie in seven all-time home meetings against Columbus.

11/12 10:57:25 ET

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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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Scoreboard
Local
Final
NOR 6
DUR 3
 
3rd
MIA 66
CHA 61
 
Final
CLE 6
TOR 4
Final
DET 2
ANA 1
13th
NYM 3
ATL 3
 
Final
MIA 3
SEA 2
12th
PIT 2
MIL 2
 
Final
WAS 3
STL 2
11th
TAM 1
NYY 1
 
9th
KAN 3
MIN 8
 
7th
CHC 0
CIN 8
 
6th
TEX 2
CWS 8
 
3rd
OAK 2
HOU 0
 
4th
LOS 0
ARI 0
 
3rd
COL 1
PHI 3
 
3rd
SDP 0
SFG 4
 
7:05pm Tonight
BOS
BAL
Final
SAN 90
DAL 85
3rd
MIA 66
CHA 61
 
7:00pm Tonight
CHI
WAS
9:30pm Tonight
HOU
POR
Final
NYR 2
PHI 4
2nd Intermission
BOS 3
DET 1
 
7:00pm Tonight
MON
TAM
10:00pm Tonight
SJS
LOS
Final
NOR 6
DUR 3