Columbus hosts Chicago after Bjorkstrand’s 2-goal game
Chicago Blackhawks (12-18-5, seventh in the Central) vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (16-16-1, fifth in the Metropolitan)
Columbus, Ohio; Tuesday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: The Chicago Blackhawks visit Columbus after Oliver Bjorkstrand scored two goals in the Blue Jackets’ 4-3 victory over the Devils.
The Blue Jackets have gone 11-5-1 in home games. Columbus ranks seventh in the Eastern Conference recording 8.6 points per game, averaging 3.1 goals and 5.5 assists.
The Blackhawks are 6-11-2 on the road. Chicago is last in the Western Conference averaging just 4.0 assists per game. Patrick Kane leads them with 24 total assists.
The matchup Tuesday is the first meeting of the season between the two teams.
TOP PERFORMERS: Bjorkstrand leads the Blue Jackets with 25 points, scoring 11 goals and adding 14 assists. Max Domi has five goals and one assist over the last 10 games for Columbus.
Kane has 31 total points while scoring seven goals and totaling 24 assists for the Blackhawks. Alex DeBrincat has seven goals over the last 10 games for Chicago.
LAST 10 GAMES: Blue Jackets: 3-6-1, averaging 2.9 goals, 5.2 assists, three penalties and 6.3 penalty minutes while giving up 3.9 goals per game with an .890 save percentage.
Blackhawks: 3-4-3, averaging 2.7 goals, 4.8 assists, 3.4 penalties and 8.2 penalty minutes while giving up 3.6 goals per game with an .890 save percentage.
INJURIES: Blue Jackets: Daniil Tarasov: day to day (lower body), Alexandre Texier: day to day (illness).
Blackhawks: Kevin Lankinen: out (covid-19).