Columbus Blue Jackets (37-37-7, sixth in Metropolis) vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (45-25-11, third in Metropolis)
Bottom line: Columbus visits Pittsburgh to prevent his four-game road skid.
The Penguins are 27-16-6 in the Eastern Conference games. Pittsburgh ranks 10th in the league with an average of 5.7 assists per game, led by Sidney Crosby with 0.8.
The Blue Jackets are 9-16-0 against Metropolitan teams. Columbus is seventh in the Eastern Conference with an average of 3.2 goals per game, led by Oliver Björkstrand with 27.
In the last meeting between these teams on March 22, Pittsburgh defeated Columbus 5–1. Jake Guenzel scored two goals for the Penguins in the win.
Top Performer: Crosby leads the Penguins with 84 points, scoring 31 goals and adding 53 assists. Guenzel has scored seven goals and six assists in his last 10 appearances for Pittsburgh.
Gabriel Carlsen leads the Blue Jackets this season with plus-fives in 37 games. Jack Roslovic has 13 points in the last 10 matches for Columbus.
Last 10 games: Penguins: 4-5-1, averaging three goals, five assists, 3.4 penalties and 7.8 penalty minutes while dropping 2.6 goals per game with a 929 save percentage.
Blue Jackets: 4-5-1, averaging three goals, 5.2 assists, 3.7 penalties and 7.4 penalty minutes while dropping 2.8 goals per game with a .909 saving percentage.
Injuries: Penguin: Jason Zucker: Day to Day (Unknown), Tristan Jerry: Out (leg).
Blue Jackets: Nick Blankenburg: Out (upper-body), Adam Boquist: Day to Day (lower-body), Junas Corpisalo: Out for Season (hip), Patrick Line: Day to Day (upper-body), Zach Verensky: Out (nose).