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Battle of disappointing teams

NHL: Columbus Blue Jackets at Chicago Blackhawks David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 7:00 EST
Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio
TV: Fox Sports Ohio & NHL Network; Radio: 97.1 WBNS FM
Opponent’s Blog: Second City Hockey

Columbus Blue Jackets, 30-26-5, 65 points, 5th Metro, 8th East

vs.

Chicago Blackhawks, 27-27-8, 62 points, 7th Central, 12th West

Season Series

10/07/17 CBJ 1 @ CHI 5
02/24/18 CHI @ CBJ

You think we’ve struggled in February? Our opponents tonight began the month with an 8 game losing streak. They’re heating up, however, winning 3 of their last 4 including a defeat of the San Jose Sharks last night. They remain in last place in the Central and let’s all enjoy the hell out of that (at least until they win the draft lottery).

Our old farmhand Anton Forsberg is likely to start in goal.

As for the home team, this may be the final game in a Blue Jackets uniform for certain players. Will a player like Jack Johnson or Matt Calvert be traded by Monday? Will there be a new Jacket playing against Washington that night?

Stats

Chicago Columbus
2.82 (17) GPG 2.52 (29)
2.85 (15) GAPG 2.75 (11)
15.8% (29) PP% 14.1% (31)
82.7% (6) PK% 76.3% (27)
53.50% (3) EV Corsi % 51.70% (7)
99.2 (22) EV PDO 99.5 (19)
Patrick Kane, 23 G Leader Artemi Panarin and Josh Anderson, 17
Patrick Kane, 34 A Leader Artemi Panarin, 32
Patrick Kane, 57 P Leader Artemi Panarin, 49
Ryan Hartman, 56 PIM Leader Nick Foligno, 46
12-13-5 Home / Road 17-11-2
3-7-0 Last 10 3-6-1

Projected Lineups

Columbus Blue Jackets
Artemi Panarin Pierre-Luc Dubois Cam Atkinson
Boone Jenner Alexander Wennberg Oliver BJORKSTRAND
Matt Calvert Brandon Dubinsky Josh Anderson
Markus Hannikainen Lukas Sedlak Zac Dalpe
Zach Werenski Seth Jones
Jack Johnson Ryan Murray
Scott Harrington David Savard
Sergei Bobrovsky
Joonas Korpisalo
Chicago Blackhawks
Tomas Jurco Artem Anisimov Patrick Kane
Brando Saad Jonathan Toews Tommy Wingels
Ryan Hartman David Kampf Vincent Hinostroza
Anthony Duclair Nick Schmaltz Alex DeBrincat
Duncan Keith Jordan Oesterle
Erik Gustafsson Jan Rutta
Connor Murphy Brent Seabrook
Anton Forsberg
Jean-Francois Berube