Konroyd's keys to Blackhawks-Blue Jackets

Konroyd's keys to Blackhawks-Blue Jackets
February 24, 2013, 3:15 pm
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Steve Konroyd

1: Don’t take these Jackets lightly:  Chicago has beaten Columbus eight consecutive times, dating back to two years ago. The last time these two teams played though, Columbus came out hard and fast and outshot the Blackhawks 8-1 at one point in the first period. In fact, a disallowed goal by the Blue Jackets for goalie interference was a turning point in the game. Don’t take your foot off the gas just because they have the worst record in the NHL.

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2: Watch the Blue Jackets' defensemen: Columbus has a defensive corps that likes to get involved in the play. In fact, they have been in on 32 percent of their teams' goals this year. Guys like Jack Johnson -- whos' out tonight with an upper-body injury -- Fedor Tyutin and James Wisniewski like to jump up on the play. Chicago’s forwards have to pay special attention when coming back into their own zone.

3: Make some more history and keep the “Mo” train rolling:  Chicago set an NHL record last game with their 17th consecutive game to start a season without a regulation loss. A lot has been going right for the Blackhawks, including some luck, and they want to keep that momentum going.