Blackhawks travel to Columbus to face Panarin, Blue Jackets

Chicago has its first winning streak since January 30.

February had been a cruel month for the Chicago Blackhawks. But after a win on Friday night, the Hawks have suddenly won three of their last four heading into a Saturday game on the road against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

And while this month has been cruel on the Blackhawks, it’s been just as bad for the Blue Jackets, who are clinging to the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference. Columbus has only three wins this month, part of a 3-7-2 stretch over its last 12 games. The Blue Jackets’ most recent outing was a 2-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday. Finding the net has been the biggest issue in those losses: Columbus has been held to two or fewer goals in nine of those games. Artemi Panarin has been everything Columbus hoped, with team-highs in goals (17), assists (32) and points (49). But the depth scoring behind him leaves plenty to be desired, putting Columbus at 27th in the league for goals scored. Combine that with a minus-12 goal differential, and there are plenty of reasons to worry about Columbus’ playoff aspirations.

While similar playoff aspirations are mostly gone for the Blackhawks, a recent trio of victories has things feeling slightly better around the team. Jean-Francois Berube was stellar in his first Blackhawks start on Friday night. Although Anton Forsberg is expected to get the tail-end of these back-to-back games, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Berube got the net again on Saturday, as coach Joel Quenneville has been known to ride the hot hand. Any other lineup changes won’t be known until the pregame press conference, but changes probably won’t be too prevalent given the team’s recent success.



F1Brandon Saad - Jonathan Toews - Vinnie Hinostroza
F2Tomas Jurco - Artem Anisimov - Patrick Kane
F3Alex DeBrincat - Nick Schmaltz - Matthew Highmore
F4Patrick Sharp - David Kampf - Anthony Duclair
D1Duncan Keith - Jordan Oesterle
D2Connor Murphy - Brent Seabrook
D3 Erik Gustafsson - Carl Dahlstrom
GoaltenderJ.F. Berube


F1Alex Iafallo - Anze Kopitar - Dustin Brown
F2Tanner Pearson - Jeff Carter - Tyler Toffoli
F3Nate Thompson - Adrian Kempe - Tobias Rieder
F4Kyle Clifford - Mike Amadio - Torrey Mitchell
D1Derek Forbort - Drew Doughty
D2Dion Phaneuf - Alec Martinez
D3Jake Muzzin - Christian Folin
GoaltenderJonathan Quick

*Lines are subject to change.

How to watch Blackhawks at Blue Jackets

Start time: 6:00 p.m. CT

Location: Nationwide Arena, Columbus

TV: NBC Sports Chicago