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Game #21 Preview: Jackets look to secure win against wily Blackhawks

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If Tuesday’s game was any indicator, we’re in for another show tonight.

Chicago Blackhawks v Columbus Blue Jackets Photo by Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images

Thursday, February 25, 2021 - 7:00 EST
Nationwide Arena - Columbus, Ohio
TV: Fox Sports Ohio; Radio: 97.1 FM
Opponent’s Blog: Second City Hockey

Chicago Blackhawks (10-6-4, 24 points, 4th Central)

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Columbus Blue Jackets (8-7-5, 21 points, 5th Central)

Tuesday night’s game had it all - the good, the bad, and definitely the ugly.

Good: Three CBJ power play goals! Who would have thought?

Bad: Lost in shootout.

Ugly: Allowed the Blackhawks to score five goals in regulation.

What is even going on with this team right now? What’s most concerning to me is that it almost seems like... no one knows? Including the coaching staff, which is unsettling.

I know that I took the Jackets’ defense capabilities for granted, because now that we are in these high-scoring games where we can’t keep the puck out of the back of our own net, my head feels like it could explode. On the flip side of that coin, apparently we’re also capable of scoring three power play goals in one game. We’re certainly not the same team we were one year ago, that’s for sure.

Player(s) to Watch

Patrick Kane vs. Patrik Laine

Battle of the Pats! Laine had a great game on Tuesday with two power play goals and one assist, making that six goals in 10 games with the Blue Jackets. Kane had three assists and one goal on Tuesday, which brings him to 12 points in five games against Columbus this season. Who’s going to come out on top tonight? Can’t wait to see.

Also, Oliver Bjorkstrand had two goals on Tuesday and is looking great!

Jackets Notes

Elvis is still week to week, but the good news is Zach Werenski and Michael Del Zotto return to the lineup tonight.

The Other Bench

After beating the Jackets in overtime on February 13 (sound familiar?), the Blackhawks embarked on a 10 day, five game road trip. So far they have swept the Red Wings, lost in Raleigh, and beat the Blue Jackets on Tuesday.

Season Series

01/29/2021 CBJ 2 @ CHI 1
01/31/2021 CBJ 1 @ CHI 3
02/11/2021 CBJ 6 @ CHI 5
02/13/2021 CBJ 2 @ CHI 3 (OT)
02/23/2021 CHI 6 @ CBJ 5 (SO)
02/25/2021 CHI @ CBJ
04/10/2021 CHI @ CBJ
04/12/2021 CHI @ CBJ

Stats

Chicago Columbus
3.00 (14) GPG 2.95 (18)
2.95 (21) GAPG 3.40 (28)
33.3% (1) PP% 20.0% (18)
76.6% (21) PK% 71.7% (27)
46.6% (29) 5v5 Shot Attempt % 45.5% (31)
46.2% (30) 5v5 Unblocked shot attempt % 46.3% (29)
6.6 (27) 5v5 Shot % 8.8 (10)
.925 (9) 5v5 Save % .910 (27)
Alex DeBrincat, Patrick Kane, 9 G Leader Cam Atkinson, 8
Patrick Kane, 21 A Leader Oliver BJORKSTRAND, Seth Jones, 10
Patrick Kane, 30 P Leader Oliver BJORKSTRAND, Cam Atkinson, 16
Duncan Keith, 14 PIM Leader Oliver BJORKSTRAND, 23
5-4-3 Home / Road 5-3-3
7-2-1 Last 10 4-4-2

Projected Lineups

Columbus Blue Jackets
Patrik Laine Nick Foligno Oliver BJORKSTRAND
Boone Jenner Jack Roslovic Cam Atkinson
Eric Robinson Alexandre Texier Emil Bemstrom
Max Domi Kevin Stenlund Riley Nash
Zach Werenski Seth Jones
Vladislav Gavrikov David Savard
Michael Del Zotto Gabriel Carlsson
Joonas Korpisalo
Matiss Kivlenieks
Chicago Blackhawks
Alex DeBrincat Pius Suter Patrick Kane
Brandon Hagel Lucas Wallmark Dominik Kubalik
Philipp Kurashev Carl Soderberg Mattias Janmark
Matthew Highmore David Kampf Ryan Carpenter
Duncan Keith Ian Mitchell
Connor Murphy Ian Mitchell
Calvin de Haan Adam Boqvist
Kevin Lankinen
Malcolm Subban