BLUE JACKETS (45-18-6) at ISLANDERS (33-26-11)
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Blue Jackets team scope
The Columbus Blue Jackets are one point behind the Pittsburgh Penguins for second place in the Metropolitan Division and two points behind the Washington Capitals for first place with a game in hand on each. Columbus has won two straight, including 2-1 against the Florida Panthers on Thursday. "It will be similar to [Thursday] night, for sure," Matt Calvert told the Blue Jackets website after practice Friday. "Florida was trying to claw themselves back into a [Stanley Cup Playoff] spot and they are right there with the [New York] Islanders. We have to expect their best effort. We've been in that position chasing and it's kind of do or die at this point of the season." Columbus is 0-3-0 at Barclays Center, including a 4-2 loss on Jan. 24. "We just want to take care of our game and go in the right direction here," captain Nick Foligno said. "We know they come out hard in their building so we just have to be ready for that." Goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, who is 7-0-1 with a 1.24 goals-against average and a .959 save percentage in his past eight starts, likely will start. Columbus plays at the New Jersey Devils on Sunday.
Islanders team scope
New York has lost three of its past four games to fall one point behind the Toronto Maple Leafs for the second wild card into the playoffs from the Eastern Conference. Toronto also has a game in hand. The Islanders play five straight games against team that hold a playoff spot. Center Casey Cizikas, who has missed 11 games with an upper-body injury, will return to the lineup. "Just an energy guy, reliable," coach Doug Weight said. "He had an under-the-rader  points last season, can pay on the power play. Missed a lot of time this year but has 23 points." Cizikas last played Feb. 21. "I feel good right now, physically and mentally," Cizikas told the Islanders website after practice Friday. "I feel personally ready to go and it's just up to the coaches now. I've had a good couple of days of practice, a couple of bag skates, and now I'm just itching to get back."
Blue Jackets projected lineup
Brandon Saad -- Alexander Wennberg -- Nick Foligno
Boone Jenner -- Brandon Dubinsky -- Cam Atkinson
Scott Hartnell -- Sam Gagner -- Oliver Bjorkstrand
Matt Calvert -- William Karlsson -- Josh Anderson
Zach Werenski -- Seth Jones
Jack Johnson -- David Savard
Kyle Quincey -- Scott Harrington
Scratched: Lauri Korpikoski, Markus Nutivaara, Lukas Sedlak
Injured: Ryan Murray (hand)
Islanders projected lineup
Anders Lee -- John Tavares -- Josh Bailey
Nikolay Kulemin -- Brock Nelson -- Joshua Ho-Sang
Andrew Ladd -- Anthony Beauvillier -- Jason Chimera
Ryan Strome -- Casey Cizikas -- Cal Clutterbuck
Nick Leddy -- Adam Pelech
Calvin de Haan -- Travis Hamonic
Scott Mayfield -- Dennis Seidenberg
Scratched: Thomas Hickey, Alan Quine, Stephen Gionta
Injured: Shane Prince (upper body), Johnny Boychuk (lower body)
Tortorella wouldn't confirm his starting goalie but did say Harington would be in on defense replacing Nutivaara. With Cizikas playing, Strome will shift to wing, making Gionta a healthy scratch.Weight also said Mayfield will be in for Hickey and Beauvillier will be in for Quine.
Atkinson has six points (three goals, three assists) in his past seven games. Jones has four assists in his past five games. Gagner has eight points (four goals, four assists) in his past seven games. ... Ho-Sang has five points (two goals, three assists) in his past four games. Tavares has seven points (three goals, four assists) in his past seven games. Leddy has four points (one goal, three assists) in his past four games.