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NHL : ATS Matchup
Thursday 3/6/2014Line$ LineOU LineScore



COLUMBUS (32-25-0-5, 69 pts.) at CHICAGO (36-13-0-14, 86 pts.)
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Thursday, 3/6/2014 8:05 PM
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9COLUMBUS+160Ov 5.5,-115+160Ov 5.5,-115
10CHICAGO-180Un 5.5,-105-180Un 5.5,-105
COLUMBUS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games32-30-0+1.732-30+1.733-
Team Stats (Road Games)14-17-0-0.214-17-0.216-132.728.03.031.7
Last 5 Games3-2-0+13-2+13-
COLUMBUS Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)62184605564511177410.4%2094119.6%305
Team Stats (Road Games)3183262824548689.6%991616.2%135
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)5166640213012.3%14428.6%25
Stats Against (All Games) 1724157695819049.0%2204018.2%293
Stats Against (Road Games) 92242639329839.4%1062321.7%160
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 14635011648.5%17317.6%19
COLUMBUS - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
SERGIE BOBROVSKY (All Games)41411198109991.7%123-18+4.123-18-0+323-15
SERGIE BOBROVSKY (Road Games)212163958391.2%09-12-1.29-12-0-210-9
SERGIE BOBROVSKY(vs. Non-Conference)121236032389.7%05-7-2.85-7-0-38-4
SERGIE BOBROVSKY (Last 4 Games)4411610691.4%03-1+23-1-0+23-1
CURTIS MCELHINNEY (All Games)221858553190.8%18-10-1.28-10-0-28-10
CURTIS MCELHINNEY (Road Games)11929126189.7%04-5-0.14-5-0-15-4
CURTIS MCELHINNEY(vs. Non-Conference)7619717990.9%14-2+2.54-2-0+23-3
CURTIS MCELHINNEY (Last 4 Games)431079487.9%01-2-11-2-0-12-1
MIKE MCKENNA (All Games)4311410390.4%01-2-1.21-2-0-12-1
MIKE MCKENNA (Road Games)21514792.2%01-0+11-0-0+11-0
MIKE MCKENNA(vs. Non-Conference)22635688.9%00-2-2.20-2-0-21-1
MIKE MCKENNA (Last 4 Games)4311410390.4%01-2-1.21-2-0-12-1

CHICAGO - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games36-27-0-8.636-27-8.633-303.433.52.727.4
Team Stats (Home Games)18-12-0-5.318-12-5.314-163.536.02.625.6
Last 5 Games2-3-0-22-3-22-
CHICAGO Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)63215578271511210910.2%2004221.0%370
Team Stats (Home Games)301053043302410799.7%1102119.1%183
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)510145001656.1%1417.1%16
Stats Against (All Games) 170455853141517299.8%1923819.8%277
Stats Against (Home Games) 791925287876910.3%771924.7%123
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 9225011326.8%20315.0%16
CHICAGO - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
CORY CRAWFORD (All Games)45431196109691.6%123-20-10.823-20-0-921-22
CORY CRAWFORD (Home Games)212051646690.3%010-10-9.810-10-0-109-11
CORY CRAWFORD(vs. Non-Conference)151439936992.5%08-6-2.18-6-0-24-10
CORY CRAWFORD (Last 4 Games)441029492.2%11-3-2.91-3-0-32-2
NIKOLAI KHABIBULIN (All Games)43746081.1%01-2-21-2-0-22-1
NIKOLAI KHABIBULIN (Home Games)21413585.4%01-0+11-0-0+10-1
NIKOLAI KHABIBULIN(vs. Non-Conference)32665481.8%01-1-0.21-1-001-1
NIKOLAI KHABIBULIN (Last 4 Games)43746081.1%01-2-21-2-0-22-1
ANTTI RAANTA (All Games)181743439591.0%112-5+4.212-5-0+410-7
ANTTI RAANTA (Home Games)9920919492.8%17-2+3.47-2-0+35-4
ANTTI RAANTA(vs. Non-Conference)5512511188.8%04-1+2.24-1-0+25-0
ANTTI RAANTA (Last 4 Games)44928592.4%13-1+1.63-1-0+22-2
KENT SIMPSON (All Games)107571.4%00-000-0-000-0
KENT SIMPSON (Home Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
KENT SIMPSON(vs. Non-Conference)107571.4%00-000-0-000-0
KENT SIMPSON (Last 4 Games)107571.4%00-000-0-000-0
Average power rating of opponents played: COLUMBUS 3.1,  CHICAGO 3.11
COLUMBUS - Schedule
2/7/2014at SAN JOSE2-3L0, +160L5.5 unU
2/27/2014at NEW JERSEY2-5L0, -105L5 unO
3/1/2014FLORIDA6-3W0, -200W5.5 unO
3/3/2014at TORONTO2-1W0, -110W5.5 ovU
3/4/2014DALLAS4-2W0, -140W5.5 evO
3/6/2014at CHICAGO 
3/8/2014at NASHVILLE 
3/10/2014at DALLAS 
3/13/2014SAN JOSE 
3/15/2014at MINNESOTA 

CHICAGO - Schedule
2/7/2014at PHOENIX0-2L0, -120L5.5 unU
2/27/2014at NY RANGERS1-2L0, -115L5.5 unU
3/1/2014vs PITTSBURGH5-1W0, -135W5.5 unO
3/4/2014COLORADO2-4L0, -160L5.5 evO
3/9/2014at BUFFALO 
3/12/2014at COLORADO 
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The top three topics on sports talk shows in this city are usually Ohio State football, Ohio State football recruiting and Ohio State football's spring practices.
The Columbus Blue Jackets haven't upset that pecking order, although they are elbowing their way into the conversation.
Dead last in the league early in the NHL's shortened last season, the Blue Jackets suddenly found the winning touch. They went 19-5-5 down the stretch, energizing their fan base and shocking a lot of opponents used to walking over the 12-year-old franchise.
With the addition of free agent Nathan Horton to go with Vezina Trophy-winning goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky and a solid if largely unknown roster of proven pros, the Blue Jackets are expecting big things as they prep for a season of promise.
CHICAGO: CHICAGO (AP) - The last time Chicago won the Stanley Cup, the team was dismantled during the offseason and the title defense ended in the first round of the playoffs.
Not so much this time. When the Blackhawks hit the ice next week for their opener against Washington, it will be a very familiar group.
Jonathan Toews (tayvz) and company are all set to go for their second consecutive NHL. There was no salary-cap purge this summer, leaving the Blackhawks largely intact as they try to become the first team to repeat since Detroit won it all in 1998.
The defending champs open the season at home Oct. 1 against Washington.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (COLUMBUS-CHICAGO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

*Blue Jackets-Blackhawks Preview* =================================


Columbus (32-25-5) at Chicago (36-13-14), 8:00 p.m. EDT

The Columbus Blue Jackets elected to bolster their hobbled blue line on deadline day, and in a separate deal traded away a top forward they acquired this time last season in a push for more offense.

They'll put their new plan in play and go for a fourth straight win Thursday night in Chicago, where the defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks remained relatively quiet as they try to make up ground near the top of the Western Conference.

Such points have been easy to come by for Chicago against Columbus with 11 straight wins in the series.

Before beginning a three-game road trip, the Blue Jackets (32-25-5) acquired veteran defenseman Nick Schultz from Edmonton on Wednesday in exchange for a fifth-round draft pick while shipping a now-healthy Marian Gaborik to Los Angeles for forward Matt Frattin and two conditional draft picks.

Gaborik hadn't produced at the level Columbus had hoped since nabbing him from the New York Rangers at last season's deadline. He had six goals and eight assists in 22 games in 2013-14 and will be a free agent at the end of the season.

With defensemen Fedor Tyutin (ankle) and Ryan Murray (lower body) out with clouded timetables for returns, the Blue Jackets needed defensive help and elected to plan for the future and get something for Gaborik.

"Our goal was to protect the future of the franchise in the best possible way that we could," general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said. "We're a young team, a blue-collar team, a hard-working team. And he's a finesse, skilled player that wasn't the greatest fit. I'll take responsibility for that."

Chicago (36-13-14) sent a second-round pick Phoenix's way Tuesday for defensemen David Rundblad and Mathieu Brisebois. Rundblad has joined the team and Brisebois was sent to AHL Rockford as the Blackhawks try to put three losses in their last four games behind them.

They fell 4-2 at home to Colorado on Tuesday, their first game with forward Marian Hossa sidelined for two to three weeks with an upper-body injury. Chicago still outshot Colorado 38-21.

"I think we outchanced and outplayed them," coach Joel Quenneville said. "I didn't like any of the goals that went in tonight. It was one of those games."

The loss especially stung as Central Division-leading St. Louis won and Colorado crept within a point of the Blackhawks.

"We lost a lot of ground tonight," Quenneville told the team's official website. "You look at the four-point swing (against the Blues), so now we're behind and Colorado's one point (back). But a lot of things can change, and I'd love to move ahead, and we'd love to finish first in our division."

Chicago got goals from Ben Smith and Jonathan Toews, who has three goals and an assist in his last two games, but it was the fourth time in five games the team was held to two goals or fewer.

The Blue Jackets are 15-6-1 since the calendar turned to 2014. This is their first of two meetings with Chicago in less than a month, and they tuned up for it in positive fashion Tuesday with a 4-2 home win over Dallas.

Artem Anisimov is showing they might not need Gaborik. He scored twice against the Stars and has five goals and an assist in the last four games. He's scored the winning goal in each game on the streak and matched a career high with 18 goals in 62 games, 20 fewer than it took him in 2010-11 with the Rangers.

"Right now might be as good as we've seen him play in a Columbus uniform," coach Todd Richards told the team's official website. "Those were two huge goals for us, especially the way the game was going."

Sergei Bobrovsky made 31 saves and has been in goal for all three wins. He's 1-0-1 with a 0.96 goals-against average in his career against Chicago.

Corey Crawford will start for the Blackhawks. He's 9-0-0 with a 1.53 GAA against the Blue Jackets during Chicago's stretch of dominance in the series.

Last Updated: 6/19/2018 4:34:40 PM EST

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