Blackhawks face the Blue Jackets, look for 4th straight victory
Columbus Blue Jackets (6-5-3, fourth in the Central Division) vs. Chicago Blackhawks (6-4-4, third in the Central Division)
Chicago; Thursday, 8 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Chicago is looking to continue its three-game win streak with a victory against Columbus.
The Blackhawks are 6-4-4 against opponents in the Central Division. Chicago ranks 22nd in the league with 31.4 shots per game and is averaging 2.8 goals.
The Blue Jackets are 6-5-3 against the rest of their division. Columbus is 18th in the Nhl with 27.7 shots per game and is averaging 2.7 goals.
In their last meeting on Jan. 31, Chicago won 3-1.
TOP PERFORMERS: Alex DeBrincat leads the Blackhawks with a plus-three in 10 games this season. Mattias Janmark has five goals over the last 10 games for Chicago.
Michael Del Zotto leads the Blue Jackets with a plus-eight in 14 games this season. Patrik Laine has three goals over the last 10 games for Columbus.
LAST 10 GAMES: Blackhawks: 6-1-3, averaging three goals, 4.9 assists, 3.4 penalties and 7.1 penalty minutes while giving up 1.9 goals per game with a .944 save percentage.
Blue Jackets: 5-3-2, averaging three goals, 5.4 assists, 2.6 penalties and six penalty minutes while giving up three goals per game with a .904 save percentage.
INJURIES: Blackhawks: Connor Murphy: day to day (lower body), Ryan Carpenter: out (health and safety protocols).
Blue Jackets: None listed.