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Saturday, November 30th (All times Eastern)

Columbus Blue Jackets (10-13-3) at Boston Bruins (17-7-2), 7 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Boston Bruins put a 10-game home point streak on the line Saturday night as they play host to a Columbus Blue Jackets club looking for its first winning streak in over a month.

The Bruins have gone 8-0-2 at home since a regulation loss to the visiting New Jersey Devils on Oct. 26 and are coming off yesterdays' 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers. Defenseman Zdeno Chara had an impact throughout the game, notching the game-winner with 8:55 to play.

Chara also assisted on Brad Marchand's first-period goal and engaged in a second-period fight with New York's Brian Boyle to pick up the Gordie Howe hat trick. The goal was his sixth of the season, tied for fifth in the NHL among defenseman.

"There's obviously no better leader, no better defenseman in my mind," said Patrice Bergeron, who scored a game-tying goal 1:35 into the third period. "Every game, he goes to war."

Boston rebounded from its worst loss of the season, a 6-1 road setback in Detroit on Wednesday, and is 5-1-1 in its last seven games and 9-2-1 over the previous 12.

Tuukka Rask made 17 saves for the Bruins.

The Blue Jackets also put a tough loss behind them on Friday, bouncing back from a 4-0 loss to Nashville on Wednesday with a 4-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.

Artem Anisimov, Nick Foligno and Jack Skille all scored in the second period for the Blue Jackets, who won despite giving the Oilers seven power plays. Ryan Johansen scored in the first period and Sergei Bobrovsky made 25 saves.

"I was pleased with the energy that we came out with and the energy we played with," said Blue Jackets head coach Todd Richards.

Columbus has not won two straight since a three-game streak from Oct. 20-25 and Richards could give backup Curtis McElhinney the start tonight. McElhinney lost his only other start versus Boston, allowing three goals on 29 shots on April 9, 2011 while with Ottawa.

The Bruins have won five straight versus the Blue Jackets, winning a pair of meetings already this season. They have won two straight and four of the last five encounters in Boston.

Rask is 4-1-0 with a 1.56 GAA in his career when facing Columbus, while backup Chad Johnson faced the franchise for the first time in his career on Nov. 14, making 32 saves in a 3-2 overtime victory at home.

11/30 10:31:53 ET

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Chicago 4/19 3:00 PM ET
St. Louis @theRink | TV: NBC, CBC, RDS
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Columbus 4/19 7:00 PM ET
Pittsburgh NBC, CBC, RDS
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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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