BOTTOM LINE: The Columbus Blue Jackets take on the Washington Capitals in Metropolitan Division action on Saturday.
Washington went 35-37-10 overall and 12-9-5 in division games a season ago. The Capitals scored 253 total goals last season (3.1 per game on 31.1 shots per game).
Columbus had a 25-48-9 record overall while going 7-15-4 against opponents from the Metropolitan Division last season. The Blue Jackets averaged 2.7 power-play chances per game last season, and converted on 18.3% (41 total power-play goals).
INJURIES: Capitals: Nic Dowd: out (upper body), Joel Edmundson: out (hand), Nicklas Backstrom: out (personal), Max Pacioretty: out (achilles).
Blue Jackets: Patrik Laine: out (upper body), Daniil Tarasov: out (undisclosed).
The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.