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Thursday, November 14th (All times Eastern)

Columbus Blue Jackets (6-10-1) at Boston Bruins (11-5-1), 7 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Boston Bruins will try to match their longest winning streak of the season when they host the struggling Columbus Blue Jackets in Thursday's clash at TD Garden.

After winning a season-high four straight from Oct. 17-24, the Bruins were mired in a 1-3-1 stretch until recording wins in each of their past three trips to the ice. Boston has yielded a total of two goals during the three- game win streak, outscoring the opposition by a combined 10-2 margin along the way.

The Bruins earned their most recent victory on Monday afternoon, notching a 3-0 win over the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning. Boston received goals 20 seconds apart from Patrice Bergeron and Daniel Paille in the second period and Jarome Iginla added an empty-net tally with 59 seconds remaining in the third.

Tuukka Rask recorded his 18th career shutout with 28 saves and improved to 9-1-0 lifetime against the Lightning.

"After two periods they kept pushing, creating chances, so as a goalie you just try to maintain that lead," Rask said.

Rask is 4-1-0 with a 1.56 goals against average in five career appearances against Columbus, but with the Bruins playing divisional foe Ottawa on the road tomorrow, head coach Claude Julien could opt to rest his No. 1 goaltender on Thursday.

If Rask is saved for Friday's game then Chad Johnson will get just his third start of the season tonight. Johnson has never faced the Blue Jackets.

Boston, which is 7-3-1 as the host this season, is closing a four-game homestand on Thursday before kicking off a three-game swing tomorrow against the Senators.

Although Columbus enters Thursday with six losses in seven games, the club has shown signs of breaking out of their slump recently. The Blue Jackets snapped an 0-5-0 skid with a 5-2 win over the visiting New York Islanders on Saturday and then earned a point in Tuesday's overtime loss at Washington.

However, Columbus did blow a late lead in the OT loss against the Capitals. The Jackets went ahead 3-2 on Cam Atkinson's goal with 5:41 remaining in the third period, but Mikhail Grabovski scored the tying goal for Washington with 1:45 left in regulation. Alex Ovechkin then scored on a rebound 94 seconds into the extra session to lift the Capitals to the win.

Brandon Dubinsky scored shorthanded and Jared Boll added the other goal for Columbus, which has dropped five in a row on the road and is 2-4-1 as the guest this season. Sergei Bobrovsky made 30 saves for the Blue Jackets.

Columbus expects to get forward Nick Foligno back Thursday after he missed two of the team's last three games to deal with a family emergency. Foligno has three goals and three assists in 11 games this season.

The Blue Jackets have not fared well against Boston in recent seasons, losing four straight and eight of the past 11 games in this series. Columbus is 2-2-1 all-time on the road versus the Bruins.

11/14 10:45:46 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
DUR 3
NOR 2
 
Final
PHI 1
ATL 0
Final
DET 7
CLE 5
Final
MIN 7
TOR 0
Final
TEX 8
SEA 6
Final
SFG 1
LOS 2
Final
SDP 1
COL 3
Final
PIT 11
MIL 2
Final
WAS 0
STL 8
Final
TAM 2
NYY 10
Final
MIN 9
TOR 5
Final
CWS 1
BOS 3
 
Final
HOU 1
KAN 5
Final
NYR 4
PHI 1
1st OT
STL 3
CHI 3
 
2nd
COL 2
MIN 2
 
1st
SJS 1
LOS 0
 
Final
DUR 3
NOR 2