Colorado hosts Columbus after Donskoi’s 3-goal game
Denver; Saturday, 9 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: The Columbus Blue Jackets visit Colorado after Joonas Donskoi scored three goals in the Avalanche’s 9-4 victory against the Predators.
The Avalanche are 5-2-1 at home. Colorado averages 10.4 penalty minutes per game, the fifth-most in the NHL. Nikita Zadorov leads the team serving 37 total minutes.
The Blue Jackets have gone 3-2-2 away from home. Columbus has given up 11 power-play goals, killing 77.6% of opponent chances.
The matchup Saturday is the first meeting of the season for the two teams.
LAST 10 GAMES: Blue Jackets: 3-4-3, averaging 2.4 goals, 4.1 assists, 3.4 penalties and 6.8 penalty minutes while allowing 3.2 goals per game with a .897 save percentage.
Avalanche: 4-5-1, averaging 3.4 goals, six assists, 4.8 penalties and 11.8 penalty minutes while giving up 3.1 goals per game with a .904 save percentage.
Blue Jackets Injuries: Markus Nutivaara: day to day (upper body).