Weird NHL schedule has Blue Jackets at Chicago tonight, 8 PM; Were in the Windy City 2 weeks ago

FEB. 11, 2021 II at CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS II UNITED CENTER II 7 PM CT (8 PM ET)

CBJ BROADCAST INFORMATION

TV:  FOX Sports Ohio   Jeff Rimer (play-by-play), Jody Shelley (color analyst), Dave Maetzold (reporter)     

Radio:  97.1 The Fan    Bob McElligott (play-by-play), Dylan Tyrer (host)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS (6-5-3, 15 pts./4th, Discover Central Division) 

Goals:  2.71 Goals-For/3.14 Goals-Against… Shots:  27.7 Shots-For/31.9 Shots-Against

Power Play:  13.2 percent (26th, NHL)… Penalty Kill:  77.4 percent (22nd, NHL)

Penalty Minutes:  7.0 PIM (2nd, NHL)… Overtime Record (Shootout):  1-2-1 (1-1)

2019-20 Record:  33-22-15, 81 pts. (5th, Metropolitan Division)

2020 Playoffs:  Beat Toronto, 3-2 (ECQR)… Lost to Tampa Bay, 4-1 (ECQF)

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS (6-4-4, 16 pts./3rd, Discover Central Division)

Goals:  2.85 Goals-For/2.92 Goals-Against… Shots:  31.5 Shots-For/33.9 Shots-Against

Power Play:  35.6 percent (4th, NHL)… Penalty Kill:  83.0 percent (9th, NHL)

Penalty Minutes:  7.2 PIM (4th-T, NHL)… Overtime Record (Shootout):  2-2-2 (0-2)

2019-20 Record:  32-30-8, 72 pts. (7th, Central Division)

2020 Playoffs:  Beat Edmonton, 3-1 (WCQR)… Lost to Vegas, 4-1 (WCQF)

Players to Watch:  RW Patrick Kane (Nine-time All-Star); LW Dominik Kubalik (2020 NHL All-Rookie Team)

ALL-TIME SERIES

Results:  Columbus has gone 35-42-2-10 in 89 regular season games vs. the Blackhawks, including a 16-24-1-4 mark on the road… Of Note: The clubs competed as Central Division rivals over 12 seasons from 2000-13… Columbus has gone 7-5-2 in 14 meetings since 2014, including a 3-4-1 mark in its past seven visits to United Center… The Jackets have earned a point in three of their past four visits to the United Center (2-1-1)… Goals:  CBJ – 238, CHI – 289… CBJ PP:  57-of-374 (15.2 pct.)… CBJ PK:  292-of-357 (81.8 pct.).

This Season (CBJ, 1-1-0)

Jan. 29 – COLUMBUS 2, at Chicago 1

Jan. 31 – at Chicago 3, COLUMBUS 1

Feb. 11 – at Chicago… Feb. 13 at Chicago

Feb. 23 – at COLUMBUS… Feb. 25 – at COLUMBUS

Apr. 10 – at COLUMBUS… Apr. 12 – at COLUMBUS

2019-20 Results (CBJ, 0-0-2)

Oct. 18, 2019 – at Chicago 3, Columbus 2 (OT)

Dec. 29, 2019 – Chicago 3, at Columbus 2 (SO)

CBJ TEAM NOTES

Columbus has won two of its last three games following a 3-2 victory over Carolina on Monday… After playing eight of the last games at Nationwide Area, CBJ will play the next three-straight on the road (2-1-1 in last four road contests)… The Blue Jackets have scored the game’s first goal in 10 of their 14 games (4-3-3), including the last three-straight… The club has outscored the opposition 16-8 in first period play and ranking second in the league in goal differential in the opening 20 minutes of play (Tampa Bay, +9)… Columbus is 5-1-3 in one-goal games.

CBJ PLAYER NOTES

Jack Roslovic notched his second career game-winning goal on Monday vs. Carolina while stretching his career-best point streak to five games (2-5-7)… RW Cam Atkinson notched his 14th career shorthanded goal and second career penalty shot goal in Monday’s victory, tying Rick Nash’s club record for career shorthanded tallies… D Seth Jones has collected five of his six points on the campaign over a current four-game point streak (1-4-5)… D Scott Harrington (1-1-2, 2 GP) and C Kevin Stenlund (1-2-3, 3 GP) have registered points in each of their games played this season.

MILESTONES

•     D Scott Harrington is seven games from 200 in his NHL career (7-29-36, 193 GP).

OhioHEALTH INJURY REPORT

•       LW Gus Nyquist (shoulder surgery on Nov. 3; Injured Reserve) is expected to miss five-to-six months.

•       G Elvis Merzlikins (upper body; Injured Reserve) is day-to-day.

•       G Matiss Kivlenieks (lower body) is day-to-day.

•       D Zach Werenski (lower body; Injured Reserve) is expected to miss one-to-two weeks.

o                 TOTAL MAN GAMES LOST:  35.

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