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Chicago Blackhawks vs. Columbus Blue Jackets Pick & Prediction FEB 25TH 2021

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Chicago Blackhawks vs. Columbus Blue Jackets Recap FEB 25TH 2021

Dylan Strome and Erik Gustafsson each scored in the third period as the visiting Chicago Blackhawks rallied from a two-goal deficit on Sunday to record a 3-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets, who have earned a point in 10 straight contests.

Chicago halved its deficit on a goal from Strome at 7:33 into the third period. The Blackhawks tied the game on their fourth power-play chance of the game, courtesy of Gustafsson's blast with 2:02 left in regulation.

Robin Lehner made 31 saves while captain Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane scored in the shootout as Chicago won for the fourth time in five games and its third straight on the road.

Riley Nash and Pierre-Luc Dubois scored in the first period for Columbus, which should be frustrated with the result despite being 6-0-4 in its last 10.

Perhaps more concerning for the Blue Jackets, they lost Joonas Korpisalo (28 saves). The workhourse goaltender, who was in net for all 17 over their victories, sustained an apparent injury after allowing Toews' shootout goal.

Elvis Merzlikins replaced him and permitted Kane's goal.

Columbus thought it had won in overtime, but defenseman Zach Werenski's shot that was initially credited a goal as time expired was washed out following review.

Nash got the Jackets' on the board 6:54 into the first period. His third goal came while skating across the Chicago blue line and ripping a shot that changed direction once it hit the skate of Blackhawks defenseman Slater Koekkoek and past Lehner.

The Blue Jackets made it 2-0 with 1:20 left in the period after they took advantage of a Chicago turnover. Captain Nick Foligno delivered a back-handed pass through the slot onto the stick of Dubois, who drove it past Lehner for his team-leading 13th of the season.

Dubois has three goals and nine points over the last eight games. He's also scored in three consecutive contests versus Chicago.

The Blackhawks had just 12 of their 30 shots on goal on through the first two periods before showing life in the final 20 minutes. Strome deflected Connor Murphy's shot between the pads of Korpisalo early in the period and Gustafsson stunned the Columbus crowd late by converting Chicago's first power-play goal since Dec. 19.

--Field Level Media

Malcolm Subban made 26 saves in the second shutout of his NHL career and the visiting Chicago Blackhawks beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-0 on Thursday night.

Subban came in with one shutout in 64 career starts. That came in a 5-0 win against the Winnipeg Jets on March 21, 2019, when Subban played for the Vegas Golden Knights.

Patrick Kane scored the first goal for Chicago, which improved to 9-2-1 in its past 12 games. Carl Soderberg scored an empty netter with 50 seconds left.

Joonas Korpisalo made 25 saves for Columbus, which has lost three in a row for the first time this season. The Blue Jackets have also dropped three straight against the Blackhawks, and are 1-3-2 since rallying from a two-goal third-period deficit to beat Chicago 6-5 on Feb. 11.

Kane scored at 8:45 of the third period to give the Blackhawks a 1-0 lead.

Kane took possession of the puck at the Columbus blue line and skated in on Korpisalo before scoring with a wrist shot from the right circle.

It was the 10th goal of the season for Kane and the 399th of his NHL career. He has nine points (three goals, six assists) in a four-game point streak.

Columbus came out strong and outshot the Blackhawks 8-3 in the first period.

Subban, making his fifth start of the season, made one of his best saves of the game on Seth Jones at 7:37 of the first period, sliding over to turn away his shot with the heel of his glove.

The shot attempts evened out in the second period and Korpisalo was challenged several times. He made a glove save on Brandon Hagel from in close with two seconds remaining in the period to keep the game scoreless entering the third.

Eric Robinson also hit the left post for Columbus off a rush with 4:44 left in the second period.

The Blue Jackets were shut out for the first time this season.

--Field Level Media

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GAMES

Last 10

W 67% L 33%
6 3
  • Tampa Bay L 3 - 2
  • Detroit W 2 - 7
  • Detroit L 5 - 3
  • @Columbus W 2 - 0
  • @Columbus W 6 - 5
  • @Carolina D 0 - 0
  • @Carolina L 3 - 5
  • @Detroit W 2 - 0
  • @Detroit W 3 - 2
  • Columbus W 2 - 3
W 30% L 70%
3 7
  • @Dallas W 3 - 2
  • Detroit W 1 - 4
  • @Nashville L 1 - 3
  • @Nashville L 1 - 2
  • Chicago L 2 - 0
  • Chicago L 6 - 5
  • Nashville L 4 - 2
  • Nashville W 0 - 3
  • @Carolina L 3 - 7
  • @Chicago L 2 - 3

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  • Florida(01-28-21) W 2 - 3
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Last Meetings

  • Blackhawks @ Blue Jackets 2-0
  • Blackhawks @ Blue Jackets 6-5
  • Blue Jackets @ Blackhawks 2-3
  • Blue Jackets @ Blackhawks 6-5
  • Blue Jackets @ Blackhawks 1-3
  • Blue Jackets @ Blackhawks 2-1
  • Blackhawks @ Blue Jackets 3-2
  • Blue Jackets @ Blackhawks 2-3
  • Blue Jackets @ Blackhawks 5-2
  • Blackhawks @ Blue Jackets 4-1

Eastern Conference

AtlanticWL OTPTSHOMEAWAYGFGAST L10
Toronto Maple Leafs184238 9-0-39-0-18756L17-0-2
Tampa Bay Lightning154131 9-0-16-0-37139L27-0-3
Florida Panthers134228 7-0-36-0-16760L25-0-3
Boston Bruins125226 5-0-17-0-46052L15-0-4
Montreal Canadiens106424 4-0-56-0-17165L12-0-4
Ottawa Senators816117 5-0-63-0-106795L16-0-4
Detroit Red Wings716317 4-0-63-0-105487L33-0-6
Buffalo Sabres612214 2-0-74-0-54865L52-0-7

Western Conference

CentralWL OTPTSHOMEAWAYGFGAST L10
Winnipeg Jets157030 9-0-46-0-37862L17-0-3
St. Louis Blues138026 4-0-69-0-27573L36-0-4
Minnesota Wild127125 5-0-37-0-46254L26-0-3
Colorado Avalanche127125 5-0-37-0-46148L16-0-4
Chicago Blackhawks127226 6-0-36-0-47368L17-0-3
Nashville Predators1012020 7-0-53-0-75168L15-0-5
Dallas Stars67214 4-0-22-0-54647L31-0-6

Eastern Conference

MetropolitanWL OTPTSHOMEAWAYGFGAST L10
Carolina Hurricanes166133 7-0-19-0-58162L36-0-3
Washington Capitals135228 7-0-36-0-27570L17-0-2
New York Islanders136329 8-0-05-0-66352L17-0-2
Philadelphia Flyers125125 6-0-26-0-36762L15-0-3
Pittsburgh Penguins129125 8-0-24-0-76871L16-0-4
New York Rangers99220 5-0-64-0-35955L15-0-4
Columbus Blue Jackets910321 6-0-43-0-66678L53-0-5
New Jersey Devils710014 2-0-85-0-24760L43-0-7

Western Conference

PacificWL OTPTSHOMEAWAYGFGAST L10
Vegas Golden Knights144028 10-0-24-0-26141L27-0-3
Edmonton Oilers1411028 6-0-88-0-38078L36-0-4
Arizona Coyotes109121 6-0-64-0-35966L24-0-4
Calgary Flames1011222 4-0-46-0-75970L13-0-6
Los Angeles Kings98321 3-0-36-0-56259L36-0-2
Vancouver Canucks915220 5-0-64-0-97490L13-0-5
San Jose Sharks810117 2-0-46-0-65977L14-0-5
Anaheim Ducks612315 3-0-73-0-54869L81-0-7

Last Injuries

Columbus Blue Jackets

  • Elvis Merzlikins

    Arm
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Merzlikins has wound up on the injured reserve list with an arm injury, and it is unclear how long he will be debilitated.

  • Zach Werenski

    Lower Body
    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Werenski has missed the previous four games due to a lower-body injury, and he will not suit up against the Blackhawks on Thursday.

  • Michael Del Zotto

    Lower Body
    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Del Zotto was held out of the last game with a lower-body injury, and it is unknown if he will dress for Thursday's battle with the Blackhawks.

  • David Savard

    Illness
    Ques Tues | questionable

    Savard was absent from the lineup during the previous two games with an illness, and it is unclear if he will be available Tuesday versus the Blackhawks.

  • Pierre-Luc Dubois

    Lower Body
    Prob Sun | I-R

    Dubois has been sent to the injured reserve list with a lower-body injury, but he is expected to suit up against the Canucks on Sunday.

Chicago Blackhawks

  • Andrew Shaw

    Concussion
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Shaw has been shifted to the injured reserve list while in the concussion protocol, and there is no indication when he will be cleared.

  • Dylan Strome

    Concussion
    Out indefinitely | out

    Strome is out of the lineup while going through the concussion protocol, and a timetable for recovery has yet to be established.

  • Lucas Carlsson

    Groin
    Mid March | I-R

    Carlsson has been designated for the injured reserve list with a groin strain, and he is not expected to return to the ice until the middle of March.

  • Connor Murphy

    Hip
    Ques Tues | questionable

    Murphy has been activated from the injured reserve list after recuperating from a right hip ailment. It has yet to be determined if he will return against the Blue Jackets on Tuesday.