Columbus faces Florida, aims to halt 3-game skid
Sunrise, Florida; Saturday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Columbus aims to end its three-game skid with a victory over Florida.
The Panthers are 8-6-3 in conference matchups. Florida is fourth in the league averaging 5.9 assists per game, led by Aleksander Barkov Jr. with 0.8.
The Blue Jackets are 8-6-2 against conference opponents. Columbus has scored 18 power-play goals, converting on 19.8% of chances.
The teams meet Saturday for the first time this season.
LAST 10 GAMES: Blue Jackets: 5-5-0, averaging 2.8 goals, 4.8 assists, 2.6 penalties and six penalty minutes while allowing 2.5 goals per game with a .906 save percentage.
Panthers: 5-5-0, averaging 3.3 goals, 5.4 assists, 2.3 penalties and 4.6 penalty minutes while giving up 3.2 goals per game with a .894 save percentage.
Panthers Injuries: Jayce Hawryluk: out (upper body).
Blue Jackets Injuries: Zachary Werenski: out (upper-body).