Columbus Blue Jackets takes on Chicago Blackhawks tonight at 8 PM

FEB. 13, 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 (7-5-3, 17 pts./3rd, Discover Central Division) 

Goals:  2.93 Goals-For/3.27 Goals-Against… Shots:  28.7 Shots-For/31.5 Shots-Against

Power Play:  17.1 percent (19th, NHL)… Penalty Kill:  75.8 percent (22nd, NHL)

Penalty Minutes:  6.8 PIM (2nd-T, 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 (6-5-4, 16 pts./5th, Discover Central Division)

Goals:  2.93 Goals-For/3.00 Goals-Against… Shots:  31.0 Shots-For/34.6 Shots-Against

Power Play:  36.2 percent (3rd, NHL)… Penalty Kill:  80.0 percent (18th, NHL)

Penalty Minutes:  7.1 PIM (5th, 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 36-42-2-10 in 90 regular season games vs. the Blackhawks, including a 17-24-1-4 mark on the road… Of Note: The clubs competed as Central Division rivals over 12 seasons from 2000-13… Columbus has gone 8-5-2 in 15 meetings since 2014, including a 4-4-1 mark in its past nine visits to United Center… The Jackets have earned a point in four of their past five visits to the United Center (3-1-1)… The club has won two of its three games at Chicago this year… The club was 2-8-2 in Illinois from 2011-20… Goals:  CBJ – 244, CHI – 294… CBJ PP:  59-of-377 (15.6 pct.)… CBJ PK:  293-of-359 (81.6 pct.).

This Season (CBJ, 2-1-0)

Jan. 29 – COLUMBUS 2, at Chicago 1

Jan. 31 – at Chicago 3, COLUMBUS 1

Feb. 11 – COLUMBUS 6, at Chicago 5

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 three of its last four games, including each of the last two, following a 6-5 victory at Chicago on Thursday… CBJ have recorded points in four of their last five road contests (3-1-1)… The Blue Jackets have scored the game’s first goal in 11 of their 15 games (5-3-3), including the last four-straight… The club has outscored the opposition 17-8 in first period play and lead the league in goal differential in the opening 20 minutes of play… Columbus is 6-1-3 in one-goal games… The Blue Jackets rank 11th in the NHL in power play percentage since Jan. 28 (eight games), having scored on 6-of-22 power play opportunities (27.3 pct).

CBJ PLAYER NOTES

RW Cam Atkinson notched his league-leading third shorthanded goal this season and added three assists for his fourth career four-point outings in Thursday’s victory.  It was his 15th career shorthanded goal, surpassing Rick Nash for the most in franchise history… D Michael Del Zotto notched his first goal and second multi-point game with the Blue Jackets with 1-1-2 on Thursday. He ranks eighth-T in the NHL in plus/minus rating (+10)… D Seth Jones has collected six of his seven points on the campaign over a current five-game point streak (1-5-6).  The streak is one game shy of tying his career-best (Dec. 18-29, 2017)… C Jack Roslovic tallied his fourth career multi-goal game with two goals on Thursday at Chicago while stretching his career-best point streak to six games (4-5-9)… C Kevin Stenlund (2-3-5, 4 GP), who has points in all four games he’s played this season, tallied his second career game-winner and third career multi-point contest on Thursday, finishing with 1-1-2.

MILESTONES

•     D Scott Harrington is six games from 200 in his NHL career (7-29-36, 194 GP).

OhioHEALTH INJURY REPORT

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

•       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:  38.

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