|53||COLUMBUS||+250||Ov 5.5,+120||+245||Ov 5.5,+120|
|54||CHICAGO||-300||Un 5.5,-140||-290||Un 5.5,-140|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||2-8-0||-5||2-8||-5||2-8||1.6||23.8||2.9||29.6|
|Last 5 Games||1-4-0||-2.5||1-4||-2.5||1-4||2.0||23.8||2.6||29.6|
|Team Stats (All Games)||20||44||11||15||17||1||1||522||8.4%||82||10||12.2%||77|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||10||16||5||5||5||1||1||238||6.7%||37||3||8.1%||26|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||10||2||3||5||0||0||119||8.4%||16||1||6.2%||17|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||8||17||4||6||6||1||1||212||8.0%||33||6||18.2%||28|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||61||22||15||21||3||4||587||10.4%||75||12||16.0%||110|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||29||14||4||11||0||1||296||9.8%||35||6||17.1%||52|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||13||6||3||3||1||0||148||8.8%||13||2||15.4%||23|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||20||10||4||5||1||2||239||8.4%||31||3||9.7%||34|
|SERGIE BOBROVSKY (All Games)||12||12||326||293||89.9%||1||3-9||-5.2||3-9-0||-4||3-8|
|SERGIE BOBROVSKY (Road Games)||6||6||166||151||91.0%||1||2-4||-1||2-4-0||-1||0-6|
|SERGIE BOBROVSKY (vs. Division)||5||5||140||128||91.4%||0||2-3||0||2-3-0||+1||1-3|
|SERGIE BOBROVSKY (Last 4 Games)||4||4||121||109||90.1%||0||1-3||-1.5||1-3-0||-2||1-3|
|STEVE MASON (All Games)||9||8||258||234||90.7%||1||2-6||-3.2||2-6-0||-3||5-3|
|STEVE MASON (Road Games)||4||4||129||116||89.9%||1||0-4||-4||0-4-0||-4||2-2|
|STEVE MASON (vs. Division)||4||3||98||92||93.9%||1||1-2||-0.8||1-2-0||-1||1-2|
|STEVE MASON (Last 4 Games)||4||4||119||108||90.8%||1||1-3||-1.4||1-3-0||-1||3-1|
|CURTIS MCELHINNEY (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|CURTIS MCELHINNEY (Road Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|CURTIS MCELHINNEY (vs. Division)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|ALLEN YORK (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|ALLEN YORK (Road Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|ALLEN YORK (vs. Division)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||8-1-0||+6.4||8-1||+6.4||1-7||2.7||32.9||1.7||28.4|
|Last 5 Games||5-0-0||+5||5-0||+5||1-4||2.6||32.2||1.2||25.4|
|Team Stats (All Games)||20||64||21||22||16||5||3||607||10.5%||79||14||17.7%||105|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||9||24||6||11||4||3||1||296||8.1%||34||7||20.6%||42|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||13||2||5||4||2||1||161||8.1%||13||2||15.4%||20|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||6||15||4||5||5||1||0||155||9.7%||16||2||12.5%||26|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||37||11||8||15||3||3||544||6.8%||75||8||10.7%||61|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||15||3||3||8||1||1||256||5.9%||37||6||16.2%||26|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||6||3||1||2||0||0||127||4.7%||20||2||10.0%||10|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||5||1||0||4||0||0||156||3.2%||23||1||4.3%||10|
|CORY CRAWFORD (All Games)||12||12||296||279||94.3%||1||9-3||+5.1||9-3-0||+5||2-10|
|CORY CRAWFORD (Home Games)||4||4||123||118||95.9%||1||3-1||+1.4||3-1-0||+1||0-4|
|CORY CRAWFORD (vs. Division)||6||6||141||136||96.5%||1||6-0||+6||6-0-0||+6||0-6|
|CORY CRAWFORD (Last 4 Games)||4||4||82||80||97.6%||1||3-1||+1.4||3-1-0||+1||0-4|
|RAY EMERY (All Games)||9||8||248||231||93.1%||0||8-0||+8||8-0-0||+8||3-4|
|RAY EMERY (Home Games)||5||5||133||124||93.2%||0||5-0||+5||5-0-0||+5||1-3|
|RAY EMERY (vs. Division)||1||0||15||15||100.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|RAY EMERY (Last 4 Games)||4||3||93||87||93.5%||0||3-0||+3||3-0-0||+3||1-2|
|Average power rating of opponents played: COLUMBUS 3.29, CHICAGO 3.13|
|2/2/2013||DETROIT||4-2||W||0, +115||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/5/2013||LOS ANGELES||2-4||L||0, +140||L||5.5 un||O|
|2/7/2013||CALGARY||3-4||L||0, +100||L||5.5 un||O|
|2/10/2013||EDMONTON||1-3||L||0, -115||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/11/2013||SAN JOSE||6-2||W||0, +165||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/15/2013||at LOS ANGELES||1-2||L||0, +155||L||5 ov||U|
|2/16/2013||at PHOENIX||3-5||L||0, +190||L||5 ov||O|
|2/18/2013||at ANAHEIM||2-3||L||0, +170||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/21/2013||at DETROIT||3-2||W||0, +150||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/23/2013||at ST LOUIS||1-2||L||0, +190||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/24/2013||at CHICAGO||0-1||L||0, +245||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/26/2013||DALLAS||4-5||L||0, +100||L||5.5 un||O|
|3/1/2013||at CHICAGO|| |
|3/10/2013||at DETROIT|| |
|2/2/2013||at CALGARY||3-2||W||0, -110||W||5.5 ev||U|
|2/5/2013||at SAN JOSE||5-3||W||0, +100||W||5 ov||O|
|2/7/2013||at PHOENIX||6-2||W||0, -110||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/10/2013||at NASHVILLE||3-0||W||0, -130||W||5 ov||U|
|2/12/2013||ANAHEIM||2-3||L||0, -155||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/15/2013||SAN JOSE||4-1||W||0, -140||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/17/2013||LOS ANGELES||3-2||W||0, -160||W||5 ov||P|
|2/19/2013||VANCOUVER||4-3||W||0, -120||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/22/2013||SAN JOSE||2-1||W||0, -140||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/24/2013||COLUMBUS||1-0||W||0, -285||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/25/2013||EDMONTON||3-2||W||0, -180||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/28/2013||at ST LOUIS||3-0||W||0, -110||W||5 ov||U|
|3/3/2013||at DETROIT|| |
|3/8/2013||at COLORADO|| |
LAST SEASON: 29-46-7, 65 points. Missed playoffs by finishing last in the Western Conference.
COACH: Todd Richards, 2nd season with Blue Jackets, interim head coach last year, 18-21-2; 4th overall, 95-92-18 in NHL.
ADDED: RW Brandon Dubinsky, GT Sergei Bobrovsky, LW Nick Foligno, C Artem Anisimov, D Adrian Aucoin, D Tim Erixon.
LOST: RW Rick Nash; C Samuel Pahlsson; D Marc Methot; D Grant Clitsome; GT Curtis Sanford; D Brett Lebda.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Bobrovsky. Acquired in trade with Philadelphia, he'll likely either take over the starting job or push Steve Mason, who won the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year in the Blue Jackets' only playoff year in 2009 but has struggled in the past three seasons.
OUTLOOK: Coming off the worst record in the league, and with captain and lone offensive star Nash asking for a trade, the Blue Jackets transformed their roster by dealing him to the New York Rangers along with a minor-league defenseman and a third-round pick for Dubinsky, Anisimov, Erixon and a first-round pick. With three first-rounders this summer, new team president John Davidson is building for the future. These 48 games are hoped to be a first step back toward respectability.
LAST SEASON: 45-26-11, 101 points. Lost to Phoenix 4-2 in first round.
COACH: Joel Quenneville, 5th season with Blackhawks, 186-99-39; 16th overall, 624-382-157 in NHL.
ADDED: D Michal Rozsival, D Sheldon Brookbank.
LOST: F Andrew Brunette, F Brendan Morrison, D Sean O'Donnell
PLAYER TO WATCH: G Corey Crawford
OUTLOOK: Other than Rozsival and Brookbank, who each signed as free agents, there has been little turnover from last season. The Blackhawks have continuity going for them. Question is: Can they make a playoff run? It's been back-to-back first-round exits since they captured the Stanley Cup, and the Blackhawks are looking for more. Crawford's play will go a long way toward determining that, and he's coming off a shaky season in which he didn't post a shutout and let in two soft overtime goals in the playoffs.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (COLUMBUS-CHICAGO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Blue Jackets-Blackhawks Preview* =================================
By TAYLOR BECHTOLD STATS Writer
Columbus (5-12-3) at Chicago (16-0-3), 8:30 p.m. EDT
After extending their historic streak with a tough road win, the Chicago Blackhawks will try not to look past the league's worst team.
That hasn't been a problem recently for the Blackhawks, who seek their 10th straight victory over the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night.
The Blackhawks (17-0-3) remained undefeated in regulation and stretched their NHL record season-opening points streak to 20 with a 3-0 win at St. Louis on Thursday. The Blackhawks have earned at least one point in 26 consecutive games overall, the third-longest point streak in league history.
"It's kind of cool to be mentioned in history," goalie Ray Emery said. "But we've just got to continue to play well."
They appear poised to keep their run going against the struggling Blue Jackets (5-12-3) with nine consecutive wins in the series by a 35-18 margin. Those victories, however, haven't come as easy lately with both wins this season by one goal.
Chicago, though, is a league-best 10-0-3 in one-goal games, thanks in large part to stellar goaltending from Emery and Corey Crawford.
Emery figures to start this game after Crawford had to be removed following the first period on Thursday with an upper-body injury. Crawford, the league leader with a 1.46 goals-against average, was making his second start since returning from an upper-body injury on Sunday.
Coach Joel Quenneville said Crawford is day to day, and it wasn't the same injury that previously sidelined the goalie.
Emery finished with 15 saves to preserve the shutout against the Blues. He's also won each of his eight starts, and has a 1.76 GAA in five home games.
As good as they've been playing defensively, the Blackhawks shouldn't have much trouble containing a Columbus team that has scored only 15 goals and converted 3 of 37 power-play chances in 10 road games.
The Blue Jackets rallied from four one-goal deficits and salvaged a point with a 5-4 overtime loss to Dallas on Tuesday. It was the third straight loss and sixth in seven games for Columbus, which has a league-low 13 points.
"The problem is we're just playing from behind too much," said R.J. Umberger, who scored against the Stars. "It's hard to play catch-up."
Columbus may be getting some help with Artem Anisimov expected to return after missing three games because of a head injury. Anisimov, who has four goals and two assists in 15 games, provided one of the goals in a 3-2 home loss to Chicago on Jan. 26. He's scored in each of his last two against the Blackhawks.
Patrick Kane finished with two assists in that win and ranks among the league leaders with 10 goals and 14 assists on the season. He also has 12 and 22, respectively, in 32 career games against the Blue Jackets.
Jonathan Toews will try to build off his first two-goal effort of the season against the Blues. He has 13 goals and 20 assists in 32 games in this series, while Marian Hossa has three goals and five assists in his last seven against Columbus.
Patrick Sharp also enjoys this matchup, scoring 14 goals in 21 career meetings at home.
Steve Mason is 0-6-0 with a 4.14 GAA in his last six starts in this series despite limiting the Blackhawks to four goals on 51 shots in two this season.
Sergei Bobrovsky had allowed two goals or fewer in four of five starts before giving up five to Dallas. He won his only career start against Chicago on Jan. 23, 2011, with Philadelphia.
|Last Updated: 12/20/2014 10:37:24 PM EST|