Game 11 Preview: Looking to Down the Blackhawks

Columbus Blue Jackets at Chicago Blackhawks

October 22, 2011 - 8:30pm EDT
United Center- Chicago, Illinios
Radio - WWCD FM 102.5 - TV - Fox Sports Ohio
Opponents Blog: Second City Hockey
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The Jackets will look for their second win of the season tonight as they visit the division-leading Chicago Blackhawks. Columbus is coming off a disappointing loss to the Buffalo Sabres, a game where they put 40-plus shots on goaltender Jhonas Enroth, but could only get two pucks past him. Defensive lapses haunted the Jackets in that game, a trend that has been prevalent in every game with the exception of the team's only win of the season, against the Red Wings.

If the Jackets can give the same effort tonight as they did against the Wings, they have a chance for another intra-division victory. The 'Hawks are a very good team, but the Jackets have the talent to beat them, they just need a 60-minute effort from every player, and they need to avoid a parade to the penalty box.

Goaltender Ray Emery gets the start for Chicago, the third straight game where the opposition has started their backup against Columbus. Columbus will counter with Steve Mason, who will no doubt be seeing a ton of rubber tonight.

Projected Lineups

(Note: Lines are based on combinations used in practice yesterday and are subject to change)

Columbus Blue Jackets
('11-'12: 1-8-1, 3 Points; 5th division, 15th conference)

Vinny Prospal
Derick Brassard
Rick Nash
R.J. Umberger
Antoine Vermette Ryan Johansen
Alexandre Giroux
Derek MacKenzie
Derek Dorsett
Cody Bass
Samuel Pahlsson
Matt Calvert

Fedor Tyutin James Wisniewski
John Moore Grant Clitsome
Kris Russell
Aaron Johnson

Steve Mason
Allen York

Chicago Blackhawks
('11-'12: 5-2-2, 12 Points; 1st Division, 3rd Conference)

Andrew Brunette
Jonathan Toews
Patrick Sharp
Dan Carcillo
Patrick kane
Marian Hossa
Bryan Bickell
Dave Bolland
Michael Frolik
Viktor Stalberg Marcus Kruger
Jamal Mayers

Duncan Keith
Nick Leddy
Niklas Hjalmarsson
Brent Seabrook
Sean O'Donnell
Steve Montador
Ray Emery
Corey Crawford

By The Numbers ('11-'12 Season)

CHI - 2.89 G/G (9th)
CBJ - 2.30 G/G (T-22nd)

CHI - 2.33GA/G (10th)
CBJ - 3.30 GA/G (26th)

Power Play
CHI - 12.1% (25th)
CBJ - 9.8% (28th)

Penalty Kill
CHI- 92.9% (3rd)
CBJ - 64.7% (30th)

Game Notes:

  • The Jackets need to stay out of the box. While the Blackhawks powerplay has struggled, the Jackets have been woeful on the kill.
  • Rookie John Moore continues to play well, and I see him having a strong game in his home town.
  • The Jackets sent down Maksim Mayorov and David Savard yesterday, calling up Matt Calvert. With the top Chicago checkers keying on the Brassard and Vermette lines, this opens the door for Calvert to provide a timely goal in his return to the Jackets.
  • Vinny Prospal leads the Jackets in scoring, with 9 points in 10 games.
  • Defensemen Grant Clitsome and Aaron Johnson sit 3-4 in team scoring.
  • Antoine Vermette is still looking for his first goal of the season.
  • Derick Brassard is the current owner of the Green Jacket, with a team worst -5 on the year.
  • After last game's heroics, Cody Bass now leads the team in penalty minutes.
  • The Blackhawks played last night, losing 3-0 to the Hurricanes. The Jackets need to come out flying to start the game, capitalizing on any fatigue Chicago may be experiencing.
  • The Patricks- Kane and Sharp, lead the 'Hawks in scoring with 8 points each.

Good luck in the Windy City, boys.

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