Blackhawks vs. Blue Jackets preview: Chicago visits winless Blue Jackets

The Hawks look for their third straight victory as they face the Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena.

The Chicago Blackhawks look for their third straight victory on Friday night as they face Brandon Saad and the Columbus Blue Jackets. However, they will be doing so without a key team member.

After scoring his 500th career goal on Tuesday to lead the Blackhawks to a 7-4 victory over the Flyers, Marian Hossa suffered a lower-body injury during the third period. Hoss is listed as day-to-day, and will miss tonight’s game at Nationwide Arena.

Ryan Hartman missed Tuesday’s victory over Philly with a lower-body injury, but will return to the lineup tonight. With Hossa on the sidelines, Schmaltz, Hinostroza, and Hartman will be given the chance to show what the kids can do when paired together.

Trevor van Riemsdyk, who played in all 82 games for the Hawks last season, is expected to return to the lineup after being scratched the previous three games. Van Riemsdyk was paired with Gustav Forsling at Thursday’s practice, which would mean Brian Campbell getting sidelined as a healthy scratch. Campbell hasn’t missed a game since 2011.

The Blue Jackets enter tonight’s game looking for their first win of the season after back-to-back losses to the Boston Bruins and San Jose Sharks. Despite their 0-2 record, the Blue Jackets have a young team with the potential to make some waves this year behind guys like Saad, Seth Jones, Boone Jenner and Alexander Wennberg.

With Chicago’s penalty kill still relatively unstable, it will be interesting to see the if Columbus can capitalize, or if the Hawks can skate to their third victory.

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Tyler Motte – Jonathan Toews – Richard Panik
Artemi Panarin – Artem Anisimov – Patrick Kane
Vincent Hinostroza – Nick Schmaltz – Ryan Hartman
Dennis Rasmussen – Marcus Kruger – Jordin Tootoo

Duncan Keith – Niklas Hjalmarsson
Michal Kempny – Brent Seabrook
Gustav Forsling – Trevor Van Riemsdyk

Corey Crawford

Blue Jackets

Matt Calvert – Brandon Dubinsky – Cam Atkinson
Brandon Saad – Alexander Wennberg – Nick Foligno
Scott Hartnell – William Karlsson – Josh Anderson
Boone Jenner – Lukas Sedlak – Oliver Biorkstrand

Zach Werenski – Seth Jones
Jack Johnson – David Savard
Markus Nutivaara – Dalton Prout

Sergei Bobrovsky

*Lineups will be updated if necessary

How to watch Blackhawks vs. Blue Jackets

Location: Nationwide Arena, Columbus

Time: 6 p.m. CT

TV: Fox Sports Ohio, CSN Chicago