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Times are dark. Can the Jackets find any shred of light in the forest of injuries and general crappiness?

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Columbus Blue Jackets at Washington Capitals

November 11, 2014 - 7:00 PM EST
Verizon Center - Washington, DC
Radio - WBNS 97.1 - TV - Fox Sports Ohio
Opponent's Blog: Japers' Rink

Things don't get any easier. The Capitals are a solid offensive club, and much like Tampa Bay the other night, are capable of pouncing on a wounded team early. Columbus has officially fallen to LAST in the league in terms of goals-allowed per game. Not good times.

Jack Skille participated in part of the morning skate, but did not complete it. Looks like he's a game-time decision. Fedor Tyutin, however, announced himself fit to play tonight. There was much rejoicing.

Special Teams will be huge tonight, as it's two clubs with solid Power Play units against two clubs with pretty lackluster PK units. Who takes the most penalties will be a big factor in this game.

Otherwise, there's not much reason to think the Jackets can win unless they come out and play 60 whole minutes without letting up and without taking stupid penalties.

Just please, oh please, let nobody get hurt. For once.

Projected Lineups

Columbus Blue Jackets
(4-9-1, 9 Points; 8th division, 15th conference)

Brian Gibbons Ryan Johansen Nick Foligno
Scott Hartnell Boone Jenner Cam Atkinson
Dana Tyrell Alexander Wennberg Corey Tropp
Adam Cracknell Michael Chaput Jared Boll
Fedor Tyutin David Savard
Tim Erixon James Wisniewski
Frederic St. Denis Dalton Prout
Curtis McElhinney
Anton Forsberg

Washington Capitals
(6-5-3, 15 Points; 4th Division, 10th Conference)

Alex Ovechkin Nicklas Backstrom Jay Beagle
Marcus Johansson Andre Burakovsky Troy Brouwer
Jason Chimera Eric Fehr Joel Ward
Liam O'Brien Evgeny Kuznetsov Michael Latta
Brooks Orpik John Carlson
Karl Alzner Matt Niskanen
Nate Schmidt Mike Green
Braden Holtby
Justin Peters

Season Series

11/11/14 - Columbus at Washington
12/11/14 - Columbus at Washington
12/18/14 - Washington at Columbus
01/27/15 - Washington at Columbus
03/03/15 - Washington at Columbus

Head to Head Stats

Washington Columbus
3.14 (4) GPG 2.57 (18)
2.86 (19) GAPG 3.64 (30)
28.9% (2) PP% 22.4% (8)
77.1% (21) PK% 76.9% (23)
Joel Ward, 7 G leader Nick Foligno, 7
Nicklas Backstrom, 10 A leader Ryan Johansen, 10
Nicklas Backstrom / Alexander Ovechkin, 14 Pts leader Ryan Johansen, 16
Liam O'Brien, 21 PIM leader Jared Boll, 28
3-2-3 Home/Road 2-4-1
4-5-1 Last 10 1-8-1
11/08 vs. Carolina, W 4-3 (OT) Last Game 11/08 vs. Tampa Bay, L 7-4