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Chicago at Columbus
When: 7:00 PM ET, Saturday, October 20, 2018
Where: Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio

The Chicago Blackhawks look to rebound after suffering their first regulation loss of the season when they play the only road game in a two-week period Saturday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Blackhawks won three of their first five games - all of them going to overtime - before giving up the final three goals in a 4-1 setback against Arizona at home Thursday.

“That was our first game that you could say, not good enough,” Chicago coach Joel Quenneville told reporters. “Kind of reminded me of what wouldn’t work last year. We were too easy away from the net, we had a lot of blocked shots because we didn’t have anybody at the net or around the net. We had zone time but we didn’t use it properly.” The Blackhawks have yet to get their power play going (2-for-20) and may be able to get something done against Columbus, which has surrendered six man-advantage tallies. The Blue Jackets recovered from an 8-2 thrashing at Tampa Bay last Saturday with two goals from Cam Atkinson on Thursday en route to a 6-3 victory against Philadelphia to start a three-game homestand. Goalie Sergei Bobrovsky earned his second victory of the campaign for Columbus on Thursday with 32 saves and his next game will be his 400th in the NHL.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, WGN (Chicago), FS Ohio (Columbus)

ABOUT THE BLACKHAWKS (3-1-2): Corey Crawford made his first appearance in a game since Dec. 23, 2017 on Thursday because of concussion issues and stopped 27 shots against Arizona. “I thought he was in control, he handled the puck around the net well, his movement was excellent, he anticipated well, he was on top of his crease and stopped some real dangerous looks,” Quenneville told reporters. “He kept us in the game. Unfortunately we didn’t take advantage.” Alex DeBrincat and captain Jonathan Toews have each posted at least a point in every game and lead the team with 10.

ABOUT THE BLUE JACKETS (4-2-0): Left wing Artemi Panarin, who boasts two game-winning goals, registered a pair of assists Thursday and produced seven of his team-leading nine points in the last four contests. Atkinson doubled his team-best goal total against Philadelphia and fellow forward Josh Anderson has recorded four assists with a plus-5 rating in the first six games. Markus Nutivaara leads the defense with four points (all assists) and fellow blue liner David Savard is a plus-4 while All-Star defenseman Seth Jones (knee) has begun skating, but his season debut is still likely a few games away.

OVERTIME

1. The home team has won six straight contests during the series and three of them have been one-goal games.

2. Toews, who boasts a plus-198 rating in his career over 797 games, needs three more goals to reach 300.

3. Columbus F Anthony Duclair, who had two goals in 23 games with Chicago last season, has two in the first six contests of 2018-19.

PREDICTION: Blue Jackets 5, Blackhawks 3
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Chicago 3-1-2-0 L1 1-1-1-0 2-0-1-0 0-0-0-0 3-1-2-0 2-0-1-0
Columbus 4-2-0-0 W1 2-1-0-0 2-1-0-0 0-0-0-0 4-2-0-0 1-1-0-0
Last Meeting
Chicago Columbus
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
2/24/18 CHI 2 CLB 3 33 26 0-3 29 31 1-1
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
Chicago E. Gustafsson 1
Columbus P. Dubois 2
Goals Player  
Chicago T. Jurco 1
Columbus J. Anderson 1
Assists Player  
Chicago E. Gustafsson 1
Columbus P. Dubois 1
Saves Player  
Chicago A. Forsberg 26
Columbus S. Bobrovsky 31
Season
Total Points Player  
Chicago J. Toews 14
Columbus A. Panarin 16
Goals Player  
Chicago J. Toews 8
Columbus C. Atkinson 7
Assists Player  
Chicago E. Gustafsson 7
Columbus A. Panarin 10
Saves Player  
Chicago C. Ward 192
Columbus S. Bobrovsky 171
Quickchart Matchup
Chicago Off vs  Columbus Def
3.83 GF
3.67 GA
36.3 Shots
31.5 Shots
2 PP
6 PK
Columbus Off vs  Chicago Def
3.67 GF
4.17 GA
33 Shots
34 Shots
4 PP
6 PK