Columbus, Ohio; Saturday, 1 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: The Columbus Blue Jackets take on the Chicago Blackhawks after losing seven in a row.
Columbus has a 10-21-2 record overall and an 8-11-1 record on its home ice. The Blue Jackets have a 10-5-1 record when scoring three or more goals.
Chicago has a 3-10-2 record on the road and an 8-21-4 record overall. The Blackhawks have given up 123 goals while scoring 75 for a -48 scoring differential.
The teams meet Saturday for the second time this season. The Blackhawks won 5-2 in the last matchup.
TOP PERFORMERS: Boone Jenner has 11 goals and 11 assists for the Blue Jackets. Kirill Marchenko has four goals over the past 10 games.
LAST 10 GAMES: Blue Jackets: 2-8-0, averaging 2.3 goals, 4.1 assists, 3.9 penalties and 8.9 penalty minutes while giving up 3.7 goals per game.
Blackhawks: 1-9-0, averaging 1.5 goals, 2.4 assists, three penalties and 6.3 penalty minutes while giving up 3.7 goals per game.
INJURIES: Blue Jackets: Patrik Laine: out (covid-19), Jakub Voracek: out (concussion), Zach Werenski: out (shoulder/labrum), Jake Bean: out (shoulder), Nick Blankenburg: out (ankle), Yegor Chinakhov: out (ankle), Justin Danforth: out (shoulder), Boone Jenner: out (thumb), Elvis Merzlikins: day to day (illness).
The Associated Press