April 5, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman James Wisniewski (21) and Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog (92) fight during the third period of the game at the Pepsi Center. The Blue Jackets defeated the Avalanche, 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE
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The Columbus Blue Jackets have been out of the playoff hunt for quite some time, and they're set to wrap up another disappointing season on Saturday against the New York Islanders. It will be the first and only meeting between the two teams this season, and they're really similar when it all comes down to it. New York is missing the playoffs for the fifth consecutive season, and only boasts a marginally better record than the Blue Jackets.
New York has a 34-36-11 record, while the Blue Jackets are much more proficient at losing in regulation, at 28-46-7. The Blue Jackets have been eliminated from contention for awhile now, while the Islanders were eliminated just a week ago. Columbus is at the bottom of the standings.
Still, they're both coming off victories, with the Blue Jackets winning 5-2 over the Colorado Avalanche and the Islanders beating the Winnipeg Jets 5-4. The Blue Jackets eliminated the Avalanche from the playoffs with that victory, so they've already taken care of playing spoiler this season. Last year, the Blue Jackets won the only meeting between the two teams, a 4-3 affair in overtime on the back of two points from RJ Umberger.
The game is set for 7:00 p.m.