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Saturday, October 19th (All times Eastern)

Columbus Blue Jackets (2-4-0) at Washington Capitals (2-5-0), 7 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Washington Capitals conclude on Saturday night what has been a tough five-game homestand as they take on a new division rival in the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Capitals are 1-3-0 on their residency and followed up Monday's 4-2 win over Edmonton with a 2-0 setback to the New York Rangers two nights later. It was Washington's fifth loss in seven games to begin the campaign.

Braden Holtby made 34 saves in the loss, while Rangers netminder Henrik Lundqvist needed to stop just 22 pucks to record the shutout.

Washington's lethal power play went 0-for-4 in the game, failing to convert on 55 seconds of a two-man advantage in the first period.

"The preparation in the locker room has to get better. It's as simple as that," said Holtby, whose Capitals begin a five-game road trip in Winnipeg on Tuesday.

The Blue Jackets will be looking to snap a three-game slide in tonight's meeting and are coming off Thursday's 5-3 loss to the Montreal Canadiens.

Columbus fell behind by a 3-0 margin before getting a pair of goals from Boone Jenner -- the first two of his career -- and one by Ryan Johansen to even things up before Montreal went ahead for good with 1:07 to play.

Sergei Bobrovsky made 31 saves as the Blue Jackets failed to make Jenner's memorable night a victories one.

"The first goal is one that I will remember. I know scoring in a building like this, because I watched the Habs quite a bit on television, so it is pretty cool. It will be with me for quite a while," the 20-year-old Jenner said.

Jenner saw an increased role on Thursday with Marian Gaborik out due to flu- like symptoms. Gaborik is questionable to return to action tonight as the Blue Jackets wrap a three-game road trip.

Columbus has lost three straight against Washington, which is 9-3-1 with a tie in the 14 all-time meetings.

Bobrovsky is 1-0-1 with a 3.36 goals against average and .890 save percentage in three career meetings with the Capitals. Holtby has never faced the Blue Jackets, who shifted from the West to the Eastern Conference in this season's realignment and joined the Caps in the new Metropolitan Division.

10/19 10:32:46 ET

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Schedule

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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
CHA 91
CHI 86
 
14th
DUR 5
NOR 6
 
Final
CIN 4
PIT 0
Final
BAL 3
TAM 0
Final
NYY 3
CHC 0
Final
MIL 5
STL 1
Final
ARI 2
NYM 5
Final
PHI 0
ATL 1
 
7th
NYY 2
CHC 0
 
8th
DET 1
CLE 3
 
9th
MIA 3
WAS 6
 
6th
TEX 0
SEA 2
 
4th
CWS 1
BOS 1
 
5th
HOU 2
KAN 2
 
8:10pm Tonight
MIN 0
TOR 0
10:05pm Tonight
ANA
OAK
10:10pm Tonight
SDP
COL
10:15pm Tonight
SFG
LOS
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
 
Final
ORL 86
IND 101
3rd
MIL 77
ATL 82
 
3rd
CLE 76
BRK 64
 
3rd
MEM 66
DAL 63
 
3rd
OKC 69
DET 70
 
3rd
NOP 74
HOU 72
 
4th
SAN 75
LAL 88
 
3rd
MIA 62
PHI 71
 
3rd
NYK 63
TOR 67
 
3rd
MIN 66
UTA 76
 
3rd
BOS 73
WAS 87
 
10:30pm Tonight
DEN
GSW
10:30pm Tonight
POR
LAC
10:30pm Tonight
SAC
PHO
3rd
TAM 4
MON 4
 
3rd
PIT 3
CLB 3
 
10:00pm Tonight
ANA
DAL
14th
DUR 5
NOR 6