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Before the Break: The Jackets vs The Blackhawks

The Columbus Blue Jackets and Chicago Blackhawks will square off on Sunday for the final game before the Olympic Break, that will see teams taking two weeks off. The Blue Jackets fell on Friday night to the Vancouver Canucks, snapping their four game winning streak, while Chicago has won two straight games. The latest win for Chicago was a 4-3 victory over the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night.

Chicago leads the Central Division by 14 points over the Nashville Predators. Overall, the Blackhawks are 39-15-5, with a 17-9-3 road record. Chicago has out scored opponents 189 – 138 on the season. The Blue Jackets are 25-28-9, 14th place in the Western Conference. They trail 8th place Calgary by eight games for the final postseason berth. The Blue Jackets are 15-10-5 at home this season. On the year, they have been out scored 198 – 162.

The Blackhawks are led in scoring by Patrick Kane. Kane has scored 24 goals and dished out 40 assists on the season for 64  total points. Chicago’s leading goaltender thus far has been Antti Neimi, who is 15-4-1 with a robust 1.98 GAA.

The Blue Jackets Steve Nash ranks 22nd in the NHL in scoring with 55 total points. Nash has scored 26 goals and added 29 assists.

The Blackhawks have won all three of the games thus far during the 2009 – 2010 season. On December 1st, Chicago came away with a shoot-out win, 4-3. The two teams played back-to-back games in January, with Chicago winning both as well. On the 14th, the Blackhawks blanked the Blue Jackets,  then on January 16th, they won a very high scoring game 6-5.

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