Friday, April 1, 2011
Posted: 12:15 p.m.
By Tracey Myers
COLUMBUS, Ohio The Chicago Blackhawks look to get back in the win column and put distance between themselves and their Western Conference followers when they play the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight at Nationwide Arena.
The Blackhawks enter tonight in eighth place with 90 points and will remain there regardless of whether they win or lose tonight. But with a victory they would move within one point of seventh-place Anaheim (93). They could also distance themselves from idle Dallas, which is three points back.
Meanwhile, the Columbus Blue Jackets, who were officially eliminated from playoff contention Thursday in Washington, could play spoiler. But theyll be without captain Rick Nash, whos sidelined by an undisclosed injury. Mathieu Garon will start in goal for Columbus.
Tracey Myers is CSNChicago.com's Blackhawks Insider. Follow Tracey on Twitter @TramyersCSN for up-to-the-minute Hawks information.
Pat Boyle and Steve Konroyd break down the Blackhawks' upcoming schedule in the latest edition of the Blackhawks Road Ahead, presented by Chicagoland and NW Indiana Honda dealers.
There are less than two weeks left in the NHL regular season and teams are jockeying for playoff seeding.
The Blackhawks have the best record in the Western Conference with 103 points. The Blackhawks' next two opponents, the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Columbus Blue Jackets, also have 103 points. Washington leads the league with 106 points.
Wednesday the Hawks will travel to Pittsburgh. Two days later they host the Blue Jackets.
After that, the Blackhawks take on the Boston Bruins on Sunday. Boston is in line for one of the final playoff spots in the Eastern Conference.
"There's no easy games from here on out." Konroyd said in the video. "Even teams on the outside, looking in are playing for contracts next year."
Watch the video above to see Boyle and Konroyd discuss the upcoming matchups for the Blackhawks.