The Blackhawks embark on a cross-decade, three-game road swing on Sunday afternoon in Columbus as they meet the Blue Jackets for the second time this season at Nationwide Arena. Chicago will also face Calgary on Dec. 31 and Vancouver on Jan. 2 during the trip.
CHI: 16-17-6, 36 PTS (7th in Central) CBJ: 17-14-7, 41 PTS (6th in Metropolitan)
LAST TIME OUT
Chicago got back into the win column on Friday night with a 5-2 result over the New York Islanders in the second of their current three-game stretch against Metropolitan Division opponents. Jonathan Toews and Dylan Strome each notched two assists in the win as Robin Lehner stopped 38 of the 40 shots he faced against his former team. It was the fifth time this season at least five different Blackhawks scored in a win, including Dennis Gilbert's first NHL goal and Matthew Highmore's first of the season.
Columbus dropped a 2-1 overtime game to the Washington Capitals on Friday night, faltering a 1-0 lead heading into the final frame. Jakob Lilja scored his first NHL goal and the Blue Jackets pushed their current point streak to nine games (6-0-3) dating back to Nov. 9.
In the first meeting of the season, the Blackhawks took a 3-2 overtime victory on Oct. 18 with Toews' first tally of the season standing as the game-winner. It was also Lehner's first win in a Chicago sweater.
Robin Lehner will start for the second straight game and the fourth time in the last five overall tonight in Columbus. Adam Boqvist (shoulder) returns to the lineup after missing Friday's game against the Islanders and Olli Maatta will be a healthy scratch.