Chicago won for just the second time in 21 games (2-12-4-3), 3-0 over the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday. Rookie goaltender Michael Leighton made 23 saves for his second career shutout as the Blackhawks snapped a five-game winless streak (0-3-2).
"The team played great," Leighton said. "Having a three-goal lead felt great. That's a game you have to win. And the team played well defensively. I just can't say enough about it."
"It was huge," Steve Sullivan said. "We've been known to blow a one-goal lead in the third period. We kept scoring and working after we got the first goal tonight."
Chicago's 66 goals are third-fewest in the league, topping only Columbus (65) and Carolina (61).
The hapless Blue Jackets will try for the first road victory of the season. Columbus has not won since beating Anaheim 2-1 Dec. 2, going 0-6-1-2 since, and is tied with Pittsburgh for the fewest points in the NHL (33).
"We've become pretty fragile in the last month," Columbus coach Doug MacLean said. "There's a confidence factor there. It's not happening right now, there's no doubt about that."
The Blue Jackets are 0-for-28 with the man advantage in its last four games, including 0-for-5 against the Coyotes.
"We had our chances on the power play and we're not getting anything there," MacLean said. "We didn't capitalize."
Chicago has a three point lead over Columbus in the Central Division.
The Blackhawks are 9-5-2-1 in the all-time series and have never lost at home to the Blue Jackets.