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Even with one of their top offensive players back on the ice, the Columbus Blue Jackets were unable to shake a frustrating scoring slump in their last game.
Sergei Fedorov looks to help the Blue Jackets snap a four-game losing streak Friday when they host another struggling team, the Los Angeles Kings.
The Blue Jackets (2-4-1) have scored just five goals during their skid and were shut out for the second time in that span in Monday's 3-0 loss to San Jose. Meanwhile, Columbus has allowed 17 goals over its last four games.
"I am disappointed with my team. I know we are a lot better than that," coach Gerard Gallant said. "The last three games we have not done what we are supposed to do."
Fedorov returned Monday after missing the Blue Jackets' first six games with a shoulder injury suffered in a Sept. 19 preseason game, but the 36-year-old center managed just one shot in 17:38 of ice time. He has 443 goals and 620 assists in 1,055 games.
Fedorov had 12 goals and 32 assists in 67 games for Anaheim and Columbus last season. In practice Wednesday, he and Nikolai Zherdev were paired with Rick Nash, the first time last season's top line has skated together.
Nash, who had a team-high 31 goals last season, had three goals and three assists in Columbus' first three games, but has not recorded a point during the losing streak. Zherdev, who had 27 goals and 27 assists last season, has one goal and one assist over the four-game stretch.
Columbus has struggled on special teams during the slide, going 2-for-28 with the man advantage while giving up eight power-play goals in 28 chances.
"It's not the intensity. As we play more games, we are going to get better, and we are confident about that," winger Anson Carter said. "It's not about working harder, it's about working smart.
"That is the key to a good hockey club. When that happens, you'll see that things become easier."
The Kings (3-6-2) haven't been much better on the power play lately, going 0-for-12 during a three-game losing streak. Los Angeles failed to score on seven power-play chances in Wednesday's 3-1 defeat to the Minnesota Wild.
Brian Willsie had the lone goal for the Kings, 1-5-2 in their past eight games. Los Angeles ranks near the bottom of the league with 23 goals.
Dan Cloutier stopped 26 shots Wednesday, but dropped to 1-5-1 with a 3.64 goals-against average. Columbus' No. 1 goalie, Pascal Leclaire, has also struggled this season, going 2-3-1 with a 3.42 GAA.
The Blue Jackets have lost four of the last five meetings with the Kings, but have taken five of the last six matchups in Columbus.