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Game #57 Preview: Blue Jackets visit the Windy City

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Columbus Blue Jackets v Chicago Blackhawks Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Saturday, February 16 - 8:30 EST
United Center, Chicago, Illinois
TV: Fox Sports Ohio; Radio: 97.1 FM
Opponent’s Blog: Second City Hockey

Columbus Blue Jackets (32-21-3, 67 points, 3rd Metro, 6th East)

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Chicago Blackhawks (24-25-9, 57 points, 7th Central, 11th West)

The Union Blue started the week with a 3-0 win over the Capitals, then suffered a 0-3 loss to the Islanders. Will they split the difference tonight with a 1.5-1.5 tie?

Player to Watch

Kole Sherwood

Sherwood was announced as an emergency call-up yesterday. He was called up once before this season, but was a healthy scratch. When he plays tonight, he will become the first Central Ohioan to play in a regular season game for the Blue Jackets. We’ve already seen Columbus products thrive elsewhere in the league, including Connor Murphy (also playing tonight!), Sean Kuraly, Jack Roslovic, and now Kole’s brother Keifer. This is a special moment for Columbus hockey, and a dream come true for Kole. After a rough start to his season, he’s been on fire lately for the Cleveland Monsters, including a 2 goal game on Tuesday.

Jackets Notes

Lots of injury news: Brandon Dubinsky was put on the injured reserve list. He has missed the last four games with a hip injury. Boone Jenner is banged up and will not play, nor will Markus Hannikainen who is sick ... This weekend features the first Mothers’ Trip in team history, joining the annual Fathers’ Trip tradition.

The Other Bench

Patrick Kane has a 16 game goal streak. Guess he wasn’t completely reliant on Artemi Panarin to be successful ... Thursday featured the second St. Valentine’s Day Massacre in Chicago history, as the Hawks scored five unanswered goals in a 5-2 victory over New Jersey. Cam Ward had 41 saves. Our old buddies Artem Anisimov and Brandon Saad had goals ... Dominik Kahun is the last remaining player in the league this season to have played in every game without committing a penalty ... Chris Kunitz has hit the 1000 game mark. That’s nice, but he is a former Penguin so we hate him.

Season Series

10/20/2018 CHI 4 @ CBJ 1
02/16/2019 CBJ @ CHI

Stats

Chicago Columbus
3.26 (9) GPG 3.21 (10)
3.62 (30) GAPG 3.02 (15)
20.9% (14) PP% 16.1% (25)
73.4% (31) PK% 84.5% (2)
48.37% (21) EV Corsi % 50.08% (13)
100.2 (12) EV PDO 100.0 (16)
Patrick Kane, 34 G Leader Cam Atkinson, 31
Patrick Kane, 51 A Leader Artemi Panarin, 42
Patrick Kane, 85 P Leader Artemi Panarin, 64
Duncan Keith, 64 PIM Leader Josh Anderson, 48
13-10-6 Home / Road 17-9-1
8-2-0 Last 10 4-6-0

Projected Lineups

Columbus Blue Jackets
Artemi Panarin Pierre-Luc Dubois Cam Atkinson
Anthony Duclair Nick Foligno Josh Anderson
Eric Robinson Alexander Wennberg Oliver BJORKSTRAND
Kole Sherwood Riley Nash Lukas Sedlak
Ryan Murray Seth Jones
Zach Werenski David Savard
Hott Scarrington Markus Nutivaara
Sergei Bobrovsky
Joonas Korpisalo
Chicago Blackhawks
Drake Caggiula Jonathan Toews Patrick Kane
Alex DeBrincat Dylan Strome Dominik Kahun
Brandon Saad Artem Anisimov Dylan Sikura
Chris Kunitz Marcus Kruger John Hayden
Duncan Keith Brent Seabrook
Carl Dahlstrom Connor Murphy
Slater Koekkoek Erik Gustafsson
Cam Ward
Collin Delia