Blue Jackets are chasing Chicago for final playoff spot in Central Division; gets chance tonight to get closer to 4th place

GAME DAY PREVIEW

APRIL 10, 2021 II vs. CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS II NATIONWIDE ARENA II 7 PM ET

CBJ BROADCAST INFORMATION

TV:  Bally 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

Record: 15-19-8, 38 pts. (7th, Discover Central Division) 

Goals:  2.48 Goals-For/3.19 Goals-Against… Shots:  29.2 Shots-For/31.9 Shots-Against

Power Play:  14.1 percent (29th, NHL)… Penalty Kill:  78.0 percent (21st, NHL)

Penalty Minutes:  6.6 PIM (2nd, NHL)… Overtime Record (Shootout):  4-5-3 (2-3)

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS

Record: 18-18-5, 41 pts. (5th, Discover Central Division)

Goals:  2.73 Goals-For/3.10 Goals-Against… Shots:  29.4 Shots-For/33.4 Shots-Against

Power Play:  24.6 percent (6th, NHL)… Penalty Kill:  73.0 percent (30th, NHL)

Penalty Minutes:  6.7 PIM (3rd-T, NHL)… Overtime Record (Shootout):  6-3-2 (2-2)

Players to Watch:  RW Patrick Kane (Ranks third in the NHL in assists and points with 14-37-51 in 41 GP); G Kevin Lankinen (Ranks second among NHL rookie netminders in wins with 14-11-4 record, 2.77 GAA and .916 SV%).

ALL-TIME SERIES

Results:  Columbus has gone 36-43-2-12 in 93 regular season games vs. the Blackhawks, including a 19-19-1-7 mark at home… Of Note: The clubs competed as Central Division rivals over 12 seasons from 2000-13… Columbus has gone 8-6-4 in 18 meetings since 2014, including a 4-2-2 mark in its past eight games at Nationwide Arena… Nine of the last 11 games at Nationwide Arena have been decided by a single goal, including five after regulation… Columbus is 9-of-25 on the power play vs. the Blackhawks in the last 10 meetings at NWA (36.0 pct.). Goals:  CBJ – 251, CHI – 304… CBJ PP:  62-of-384 (16.1 pct.)… CBJ PK:  298-of-366 (81.4 pct.).

This Season (CBJ, 2-2-2)

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 3, COLUMBUS 2 (OT)

Feb. 23 – Chicago 6, at COLUMBUS 5 (SO)

Feb. 25 – Chicago 2, at COLUMBUS 0

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

The Blue Jackets split their two-game set with the Lightning after falling 6-4 to Tampa Bay on Thursday… Columbus continues its four-game homestand with a two-game set against Chicago… CBJ have killed off 25-of-27 opponent power play attempts in the past 11 games (92.6 pct; 3rd in NHL) and 28-of-31 over the last 13 (90.3 pct.; 1st in NHL)… The Blue Jackets have played in 21 one-goal games this season… CBJ will play six of seven games on the road from Apr. 15-May 1 following the two-game set against the Blackhawks… The club is 2-1-0 in Saturday home games this season.

CBJ PLAYER NOTES

RW Cam Atkinson has played 20-plus minutes in five of the past six contests and has collected 2-4-6 in the past nine games… RW Oliver Bjorkstrand has notched 8-8-16 in the last 19 games.  He leads the club in goals and points and ranks second in assists with 14-18-32 in 42 outings this season… C Max Domi has recorded two multi-point efforts in his last five games (2-3-5)… G Joonas Korpisalo has posted a 2.65 GAA and .913 SV% in his past 15 games since February 25, while G Elvis Merzlikins has registered a 2.64 GAA and .920 SV% in his last eight outings since March 13… C Jack Roslovic registered his seventh multi-point outing of the season, and second in as many games, with 1-2-3 on Thursday vs. Tampa Bay.  He leads the team in assists and ranks second in points with 8-19-27 in 34 GP… C Alexandre Texier has collected points in two-straight games (0-2-2) and has already set career highs in assists, points and games played this season (4-10-13 in 38 GP)… D Zach Werenski has 3-3-6 in his last six games and 6-7-13 in the last 16 outings.

MILESTONES

•     RW Cam Atkinson is five points from 400 in his NHL career (211-184-395, 613 GP).

•     D Michael Del Zotto is four games from 700 in his NHL career (59-185-244, 696 GP).

•     LW Nick Foligno is one game from 600 in his CBJ career (142-192-334, 599 GP).

•     D Scott Harrington is three games from 200 in his NHL career (7-30-37, 197 GP).

•     D David Savard is three games from 600 in his NHL career (41-125-166, 597 GP).

•     HC John Tortorella (670) is three wins from surpassing Mike Keenan (672) for 12th on NHL all-time wins list.

OhioHEALTH INJURY REPORT

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

•       RW Emil Bemstrom (lower body injury on Mar. 17) is expected to miss a week.

•       C Riley Nash (knee injury on Apr. 4; Injured Reserve) is expected to miss four-to-six weeks.

•       C Boone Jenner (broken finger on Apr. 6) is expected to miss six weeks.

•       D Zach Werenski (inguinal/sports hernia: Injured Reserve) is out for rest of the season.

                              o TOTAL MAN GAMES LOST:  101.

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