BRUINS (18-14-3) at BLUE JACKETS (14-16-3)
TV: NESN, FS-O
Season series: The Boston Bruins overcame a 2-0 third-period deficit at Nationwide Arena on Nov. 21 for a 4-3 shootout victory. The comeback started when Dennis Seidenberg, Matt Fraser and Daniel Paille scored 10 minutes apart. After Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson tied the score at 3, the game went through seven rounds of the shootout before Bruins forward Alex Khokhlachev scored the deciding goal. Ryan Johansen and Nick Foligno had goals in a 78-second span of the first period to give Columbus a 2-0 lead and the Blue Jackets were cruising until Seidenberg’s 80-footer went past Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky to change the momentum.
Bruins team scope: By defeating the Nashville Predators 5-3 at TD Garden on Tuesday, the Bruins won consecutive games for the first time since a three-game win streak Nov. 15-21. Brad Marchand broke a six-game goalless streak with the first goal of the game and made it 4-2 midway through the second to become the first Boston player to reach 10 goals this season. He did not play because of injury against Columbus on Nov. 21. Loui Eriksson also scored twice against the Predators and Patrice Bergeron had three assists to take over the Bruins points lead with 26 (6-20).
Blue Jackets team scope: Columbus had its nine-game points streak (8-0-1) end with a 5-1 loss to the Predators in Nationwide Arena on Monday. The Blue Jackets had gone to overtime or a shootout in each of their previous six games. There were two bright spots in the defeat: The penalty-kill streak was extended by four to 20 and rookie Alexander Wennberg scored his first NHL goal in his 23rd game. "It’s a big relief. I’ve had a lot of chances," he said. There could be more good news if left wing Scott Hartnell returns Saturday from a broken finger that caused him to miss the past five games.