The Columbus Blue Jackets continue grinding through their current road trip after losing their first game out west to the San Jose Sharks 2-1 on Thursday, the Blue Jackets' eight loss in their past nine games. On Saturday night, Columbus takes on the Los Angeles Kings in the first of back-to-back games in Southern California this weekend.
The Kings enter the game in a tight race with the Sharks at the top of the Pacific Division standings. Los Angeles put together a 1-0 shut out win over Phoenix on Thursday moving them to 47 points on the season, just one point behind division-leader, San Jose.
Los Angeles goaltender Jonathan Quick enters the game ranked fifth in the NHL with a 1.95 goals against average which doesn't bode well for a Columbus team that ranks 26th in the NHL in goals scored at 2.29 goals per game. The recent losses have the Blue Jackets playing for pride as they sit in last place among Western Conference teams with 25 points.
The puck drops at 4:00 p.m. ET for the day game in Los Angeles.