BLUE JACKETS (3-3-0) at BLACKHAWKS (1-2-1)
8:30 p.m. ET; ESPN+, NBCSCH, FS-O, NHL.TV
The Columbus Blue Jackets will look for their third straight win when they play the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center on Friday.
Backup goalie Elvis Merzlikins will start for Columbus. The rookie allowed seven goals on 40 shots in a 7-2 loss at the Pittsburgh Penguins in his NHL debut on Oct. 5.
Goalie Robin Lehner will make his second start for the Blackhawks. He made 30 saves in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Winnipeg Jets in his Chicago debut on Saturday.
Players to watch
Blue Jackets center Alexander Wennberg has three points (one goal, two assists) in the past two games.
Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane has 53 points (19 goals, 34 assists) in 44 games against the Blue Jackets.
They said it
"[The Dallas Stars] had 18 [scoring] chances throughout the game. Eight of those were in the last five minutes of the first period. We just sat there and watched. We thought it was going to be an easy game. They have too many good players. We get to see [goalie Joonas] Korpisalo make some really big saves for us during that time in that first period and throughout the game. That's really good to see. -- Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella on their 3-2 win Wednesday
"It's an important game for us to build off some better performances, and we've got a lot of games coming up. So we'd like our game to be in a good place where we're giving ourselves a chance to win every night. We're not going to have as much practice time as we've had, so looking to see us start the game on time and give ourselves a chance to win." -- Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton
Blue Jackets projected lineup
Gustav Nyquist -- Pierre-Luc Dubois -- Cam Atkinson
Alexandre Texier -- Alexander Wennberg -- Oliver Bjorkstrand
Nick Foligno -- Boone Jenner -- Emil Bemstrom
Jakob Lilja -- Riley Nash -- Sonny Milano
Zach Werenski -- Seth Jones
Ryan Murray -- Markus Nutivaara
Vladislav Gavrikov -- David Savard
Scratched: Scott Harrington, Dean Kukan, Markus Hannikainen
Injured: Brandon Dubinsky (wrist), Josh Anderson (upper body)
Blackhawks projected lineup
Alex DeBrincat -- Jonathan Toews -- Drake Caggiula
Andrew Shaw -- Dylan Strome -- Patrick Kane
Brandon Saad -- David Kampf -- Dominik Kubalik
Zack Smith -- Ryan Carpenter -- Alexander Nylander
Duncan Keith -- Connor Murphy
Olli Maatta -- Brent Seabrook
Calvin de Haan -- Erik Gustafsson
Scratched: Brendan Perlini, Slater Koekkoek
Anderson practiced Thursday for the first time since he was injured Oct. 5 and also participated in Columbus' optional morning skate Friday.
Jenner needs one point for 200 in the NHL. … Bjorkstrand needs one point for 100. … Saad has three points (two goals, one assist) during a three-game point streak, including goals in back-to-back games. … Toews has 42 points (18 goals, 24 assists) in 44 games against the Blue Jackets.