Columbus Blue Jackets (32-30-5, fifth in the Metropolitan) vs. New York Islanders (29-27-9, sixth in the Metropolitan)
Elmont; Thursday, 19:00 EDT
BOTTOM: Columbus wants to break its four-game slide with a win over New York.
The Islanders are 8-6-2 against opponents of the Metropolitan. New York is last in the Eastern Conference and shoots 29.1 shots per game.
The Blue Jackets are 8-14-0 against the rest of their division. Columbus ranks eighth in the Eastern Conference with 30.2 strokes per game and averages 3.2 goals.
The teams are ready for the second consecutive game.
TOP ACHIEVERS: Brock Nelson has 48 total points for the Islanders, 32 goals and 16 goals. Anders Lee has had five goals and eight goals over the last 10 games for New York.
Patrik Laine had 51 total points while scoring 25 goals and scoring a total of 26 assists for the Blue Jackets. Oliver Bjorkstrand has 10 points over the last 10 games for Columbus.
LAST 10 GAMES: Islanders: 6-3-1, averaging three goals, 5.2 assists, 3.4 penalties and 7.4 penalty minutes while conceding 2.6 goals per game with a 0.929 save percentage.
Blue Jackets: 4-4-2, averaging 2.8 goals, five assists, 4.5 penalties and nine penalty minutes, while allowing 3.9 goals per game with a 0.880 save percentage.
INJURY: Islanders: Scott Mayfield: out (lower body), Cal Clutterbuck: out for season (shoulder).
Blue Jackets: Joonas Korpisalo: out for season (hip), Zach Werenski: day to day (torso).
The Associated Press has created this story using data provided by Data Writing and data from Sports Radar.