Game 18 Preview And Open Thread: Blackhawks @ Blue Jackets

Puck Drop: Nov. 14, 6:00 PM CST

Chicago Blackhawks
Record: 10-7-0
Points: 20
Place: 2nd in Central, t-4th in Western Conference
Power Play Percentage/Rank: 18.8%, 1st in West, t-6th in NHL
Penalty Kill Percentage/Rank: 81.2%, 9th in West, t-17th in NHL
Blackhawks Team Statistics


Columbus Blue Jackets
Record: 8-6-3
Points: 19
Place: t-3rd in Central, t-6th in Western Conference
Power Play Percentage/Rank: 14.3%, 11th in West, t-24th in NHL
Penalty Kill Percentage/Rank: 90.8%, 2nd in West, 2nd in NHL
Blue Jackets Team Statistics

After a victory over Detroit on Sunday that I think has opened some eyes in the NHL, the Blackhawks are flying high heading into a six game road trip, the dreaded Thanksgiving trip with the circus at the United Center.

Usually this trip doesn't go too well for the 'Hawks, but this year they have a lot of momentum to start off. They will come into this tilt with Columbus looking for their fourth straight win. They played the Jackets exactly a week ago at the UC, and defeated them 5-2, scoring four goals in the 3rd period.

Hopefully the 'Hawks are focused on this one and not still floating on cloud nine from the big win on Sunday. Columbus is a tough team this year and a consistent 60 minute effort will be needed in order to come out with a road victory in this one.

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