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Blackhawks look to rebound from 1st regulation loss when they visit Blue Jackets

Chicago will play against former Blackhawks Anthony Duclair and Artemi Panarin in Columbus.

NHL: Chicago Blackhawks at Columbus Blue Jackets Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Corey Crawford will make his second straight start when the Blackhawks visit the Blue Jackets on Saturday at Nationwide Arena.

Crawford made 27 saves in a 4-1 loss to the Coyotes in his first start since December 2017 due to a concussion. It was Chicago’s first regulation loss of the season after playing in five consecutive overtime contests.

Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville has shaken up the lineup to look for a spark. Defenseman Brandon Davidson is expected to make his regular-season Blackhawks debut in the third defensive pairing with Jan Rutta in place of Brandon Manning. Davidson, who made the team on a professional tryout during the preseason, played with the Canadiens, Oilers and Islanders last season.

Rookie Alexandre Fortin will move down to the fourth line alongside Marcus Kruger and Andreas Martinsen, who gets the start in place of John Hayden. Nick Schmaltz has moved to left wing on the second line in his place while Artem Anisimov slides in to center. Brandon Saad shifts up to the third line at right wing alongside Chris Kunitz and David Kampf.

Alex DeBrincat and Jonathan Toews have led Chicago’s offensive attack with at least a point in every game this season.

The Blackhawks will face former Blackhawk Anthony Duclair, who is off to a surprising start with two goals and four points in six games. Duclair scored only eight points in 23 games with the Blackhawks last year after being traded from the Coyotes. Artemi Panarin, another former Blackhawk, leads the Blue Jackets in points with nine (three goals, six assists). Panarin has one assist in two games against the Blackhawks. He tallied a career-high 82 points last season with Columbus.

The Blue Jackets rebounded from a 8-2 road loss to the Lightning a week ago with a 6-2 win over the Flyers on Thursday. Cam Atkinson scored two goals in the win to tie Josh Anderson for the team lead in goals scored at four.

Columbus will turn to Sergei Bobrovsky in net. He is 2-2 with a 4.03 goals-against average and .875 save percentage this season.



Blue Jackets

Panarin — Dubois — Atkinson
Foligno — Wennberg — Duclair
Jenner — Nash — Anderson
Milano — Sedlak — Bjorkstrand

Werenski — Savard
Murray — Nutivaara
Harrington — Kukan


How to watch

Start time: 6 p.m. Central

Location: Nationwide Arena, Columbus