GAME DAY: vs. Chicago

Jackets begin stretch of five of six at home with game vs. Blackhawks

Tuesday, 03.20.2012 / 12:27 AM / News
By Rob Mixer  - BlueJackets.com

  Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Chicago Blackhawks
RECORDS - CBJ: 23-42-7 (Home: 13-19-3), CHI: 40-25-8 (Road: 15-18-3)
WHEN: Mar. 20, 2012 - 7 p.m.   |   WHERE: Nationwide Arena
WATCH:
FOX Sports Ohio (HD)  |  LISTEN: 97.1 FM & BlueJackets.com
GAME NOTES


A. Johnson

Richards

Breakdown
No Jonathan Toews, no problem. That has been the motto for the Chicago Blackhawks in the 13 games played without their captain and one of their top offensive threats. Toews has missed significant time with an upper-body injury, but his teammates have picked up the slack and are 8-4-1 in his absence. Currently positioned in sixth place in the Western Conference standings, the Blackhawks are in a crucial stretch of their season and sit just four points behind Detroit and Nashville, the later holding home-ice advantage in the fourth spot.

Chicago has endured its share of ups and downs since the All-Star break, including a dreadful nine-game losing streak that could have put the Blackhawks’ postseason hopes in jeopardy. Their response has been impressive, especially considering occasional goaltending struggles and missing Toews in the middle of the ice: the Blackhawks are 11-4-1 after the skid, and tonight at Nationwide Arena, they are seeking a season sweep of the Blue Jackets.

Also on the line is a potential four-game winning streak for the Blackhawks, who are coming off an impressive 5-2 win on Sunday at the United Center over the Washington Capitals. Goaltender Corey Crawford, recently named the NHL’s second star of the week, is expected to start in goal yet again for Chicago and will seek his fifth win of the season against Columbus.

Not only have the Blackhawks strung together three straight wins at a pivotal juncture, but they’ve done so by defeating some of the hottest teams in the National Hockey League. Their last three victories have come against St. Louis (4-3 at home), Dallas (4-1 on the road) and over the weekend against the Capitals, who won a 5-3 thriller in Detroit last night as well.

The Blue Jackets, fresh off a 2-1 shootout win against the Calgary Flames on Sunday night, will turn to Steve Mason once again. He was stellar in relief of Curtis Sanford, who left the game in the first period with a lower-body injury.

G
Nash (24) Toews (29)
A
Prospal (33) Hossa (43)
PTS
Nash (47) Hossa (71)
PIM
Dorsett (194) Mayers (89)
+/-
MacKenzie (+4) Sharp (+24)
W/L
Mason (13-23-3)
Crawford (25-16-5)
GAA
Sanford (2.60) Emery (2.73)
SVP
Sanford (.911) Emery (.903)
• The Blue Jackets snapped a four-game winless skid with Sunday’s shootout win at Calgary. Prior to the skid, the club had a four-game winning streak Mar. 1-8, the first time the club has won four straight games since Nov. 17-24, 2010, when the club won five straight games. The Blue Jackets have gone 10-10-1 the last 21 games.

Nikita Nikitin has goals in four of the last 14 games after scoring his fifth of the season Sunday at Calgary. The goals come after he went the previous 20 games without a goal. He has 3-6-9 the last 17 games after being held to 0-1-1 the previous seven games. He has set career highs in goals (5), assists (18), points (23) and games played (51).fter being held to 2-3-5 the first 24 games of the season.

Steve Mason won four straight games Mar. 1-8 for first time since winning five-straight Feb. 13-25, 2011. He stopped 28-of-29 shots Sunday at Calgary and is now 8-4-1 with a 2.69 GAA and .922 SV% his last 12 games after going 1-7-1 with a 3.73 GAA and .880 SV% the previous 10 games. He has also made 30 or more saves in 10 of his last 14 starts.

• Tonight marks the sixth and final meeting overall and third of three at Nationwide Arena this season between the Blue Jackets and Blackhawks. Columbus is 28-32-8 all-time against Chicago, including a 15-14-5 mark at Nationwide.


ANDREW SHAW

 
LW - #65
  9 GOALS
  6 ASSISTS
  15 POINTS




• Since joining the Blackhawks in the middle of the season, the rookie forward has made an immediate impact at both ends of the rink. The 20-year-old recorded the first three-point night (and multi-goal game) of his NHL career vs. the Capitals, and his nine goals are 10th among NHL rookies despite playing just 28 games.


D Radek Martinek (concussion); out for the season
LW Kristian Huselius (lower body); indefinitely
D Marc Methot (jaw); indefinitely
D Fedor Tyutin (hand); indefinitely
C Derek MacKenzie (concussion like symptoms); day-to-day
D James Wisniewski (upper body); indefinitely
G Curtis Sanford (lower body); indefinitely

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Johnson 2 2 1 0 3
M. Calvert 2 2 0 3 2
R. Johansen 2 1 1 -1 2
B. Dubinsky 2 0 2 0 2
D. Savard 2 0 2 1 2
B. Jenner 2 0 2 -1 2
D. MacKenzie 2 1 0 0 1
M. Letestu 2 1 0 1 1
A. Anisimov 2 0 1 -1 1
C. Atkinson 2 0 1 1 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Bobrovsky 1 1 0 .905 3.00
 
Columbusbluejackets.com is the official Web site of the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Columbus Blue Jackets and columbusbluejackets.com are trademarks of The Columbus Blue Jackets Hockey Club.  NHL and the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup are registered trademarks and the NHL Shield and NHL Conference logos are trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P.  Copyright © 2009 Columbus Blue Jackets Hockey Club and the National Hockey League.  All Rights Reserved. View the Columbus Blue Jackets Privacy Policy AdChoices NHL.com Terms of Service
Please use the feedback form if you have any recommendations or comments.