BLUE JACKETS (11-10-4) at ISLANDERS (16-5-2)
7 p.m. ET; MSG+, FS-O, NHL.TV
The New York Islanders will try to end a three-game winless streak when they host the Columbus Blue Jackets at Barclays Center on Saturday.
The Islanders return home after going 0-2-1 on a three-game road trip to California. They extended their team record point streak to 17 games (15-0-2) before losing the past two in regulation. New York scored two goals in the three games.
It's the second game of a back-to-back for the Blue Jackets; they wrapped up a three-game homestand with a 5-2 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Nationwide Arena on Friday. Columbus has won five of its past seven games (5-2-0).
Players to watch
Blue Jackets forward Oliver Bjorkstrand has two goals and seven assists during a six-game point streak.
Islanders forward Derick Brassard has 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in his past eight games.
They said it
"Huge game. We win [Friday], but if we lose this one, it's .500 again. To gain some ground here, for us a club to be where we want to be in the standings, we've got to win these games." -- Blue Jackets forward Gustav Nyquist
"You go through adversity throughout the course of a season. We had a little bit to start, and then obviously we went on a pretty good run. We probably won some games throughout that streak that we shouldn't have or didn't deserve to. … The last two [games] weren't great by us, but it's good to get home. It's a tough trip, we're happy to be home now. This is a big one, obviously a divisional game. It's a big one for us to get back on track." -- Islanders forward Matt Martin
Blue Jackets projected lineup
Gustav Nyquist -- Boone Jenner -- Oliver Bjorkstrand
Sonny Milano -- Pierre-Luc Dubois -- Josh Anderson
Nick Foligno -- Alexander Wennberg -- Cam Atkinson
Alexandre Texier -- Riley Nash -- Emil Bemstrom
Zach Werenski -- Seth Jones
Ryan Murray -- David Savard
Vladislav Gavrikov -- Dean Kukan
Scratched: Scott Harrington, Eric Robinson
Injured: Brandon Dubinsky (wrist), Markus Nutivaara (upper body), Kole Sherwood (oblique)
Islanders projected lineup
Anders Lee -- Mathew Barzal -- Josh Bailey
Anthony Beauvillier -- Brock Nelson -- Jordan Eberle
Derick Brassard -- Otto Koivula -- Leo Komarov
Matt Martin -- Casey Cizikas -- Cal Clutterbuck
Adam Pelech -- Ryan Pulock
Devon Toews -- Scott Mayfield
Nick Leddy -- Johnny Boychuk
Scratched: Ross Johnston, Michael Dal Colle, Noah Dobson
Injured: Tom Kuhnhackl (lower body)
The Blue Jackets did not have a morning skate. … Leddy, who did not play in a 4-1 loss at the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday because of a lower-body injury, is expected to play. … Kuhnhackl, who was injured Oct. 25, skated Saturday but is not ready to return.
Columbus has scored first in 10 straight games, tying its record set from Dec. 19, 2013-Jan. 10, 2014. … Werenski has 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in his past nine games. … The Islanders' power play was 0-for-11 on the road trip.