Blackhawks face Artemi Panarin and the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night

Can the Blackhawks be held to fewer than 10 goals this season?

After opening the season with one of the most dominant performances possible in an NHL game, the Chicago Blackhawks are back at it again on Saturday, welcoming the Columbus Blue Jackets to 1901 W. Madison for a Saturday night showdown.

Artemi Panarin highlights the roster for Columbus, acquired by the Blue Jackets in the blockbuster trade for Brandon Saad that dominated offseason headlines. Columbus was third in the eastern conference with 108 points last season, but was also third in a loaded Metropolitan Division behind the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins.

Panarin’s addition gives Columbus some much-needed offensive firepower and he had three assists in his Columbus debut last night. But this team still lives and dies largely with the performance of its goaltender, Sergei Bobrovsky. He blanked the Islanders in the season opener last night, with Columbus pouring in five goals (Pfft. Five? That’s it?) for a victory. He may not be the one in net for Columbus tonight, though.

The schedule does a big favor for the Hawks again, with Columbus playing a game at home last night and traveling to Chicago, where the Blackhawks have been waiting to get back on the ice following Thursday’s obliteration of Pittsburgh.

Filed under the “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” column, the Blackhawks forward combos — currently averaging 10 goals per game — remain largely unchanged. The lone switch is on the fourth line, with center Tanner Kero reportedly feeling better but being scratched in favor of Tommy Wingels, an Evanston native who will make his Blackhawks debut.

It’s another 7:30 p.m. CT puck drop from the United Center.

Projected lineups


F1Brandon Saad - Jonathan Toews - Richard Panik
F2Ryan Hartman - Artem Anisimov - Patrick Kane
F3Patrick Sharp - Tanner Kero - Alex DeBrincat
F4Lance Bouma - Tommy Wingels - John Hayden
D1Duncan Keith - Brent Seabrook
D2Michal Kempny - Connor Murphy
D3Gustav Forsling - Jan Rutta
GoaltenderCorey Crawford


F1Nino Niederreiter - Eric Staal - Charlie Coyle
F2Marcus Foligno - Mikko Koivu - Tyler Ennis
F3Jason Zucker - Joel Eriksson EK - Chris Stewart
F4Daniel Winnik - Matt Cullen - Gustav Olofsson
D1Ryan Suter - Jared Spurgeon
D2Jonas Brodin - Mathew Dumba
D3Kyle Quincey - Mike Reilly
GoaltenderDevan Dubnyk

How to watch Blackhawks vs. Blue Jackets

Start time: 7:30 p.m. CT
Location: United Center, Chicago