BLACKHAWKS (41-27-8) at BLUE JACKETS (34-31-12)
TV: CSN-CH (HD), FS-O (HD)
Last 10: Chicago 4-4-2; Columbus 3-4-3
Season series: Sixth and final meeting of the season between these Central Division rivals. The Blackhawks hold a 3-2 lead and have recorded the only victory by a home team in the series, 4-1 on Dec. 26. Patrick Sharp, currently out with a knee injury for Chicago, leads all scorers with 7 goals. Derick Brassard has 3 goals for Columbus.
Big story: At this point last season, the Blackhawks had the Central all but wrapped up en route to their first Stanley Cup championship in 49 years. Now, it appears they’ll go right down to the wire in trying to secure a Western Conference playoff berth and the chance to defend their title. The Blue Jackets were eliminated from playoff contention with an overtime loss to the Capitals on Thursday, but this game presents a prime opportunity for Columbus to play spoiler and try to ensure Chicago is also on the outside looking in at season’s end.
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