Jan 26, 2013; Columbus, OH, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw (65) skates in on Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Steve Mason (1) during the third period at Nationwide Arena. Chicago defeated Columbus 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

Trying To Avoid The Trap- Blackhawks vs Blue Jackets Preview

Game #18- Columbus Blue Jackets (5-11-2) vs Chicago Blackhawks (14-0-3) 

Game Time- 6:oopm Central Time 

TV- CSN-Ohio CSN-Chicago 

Radio- WGN Radio 

Preview- Columbus is making their last road stop on their current 6 game road trip. They are very young and showing progress which is evident in their 3-2 victory against the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night.  The Blue Jackets played the Blues tough last night but came up just short with a 2-1 loss. Columbus played the Hawks very tough at home earlier this year and a unexplainable no goal call by the ref as the only reason that the Hawks won the game 3-2 in regulation.  

This could very well be a trap game for the Hawks after setting the record for most consecutive games to start a season without a regulation loss and a game against the young Oilers Monday night.  The only thing that could counter the trap is this will be the backend of  back-to-back affairs for the Jackets.  The Hawks are playing great hockey with all the troops getting healthier.  Just look at the Hawks scorers Friday night and you will see why the Hawks have been so successful that they are getting production from every line  in getting goals from Viktor Stalberg and Brandon Saad.  The Hawks can score from any line at anytime which makes people make comparisons to the 2010 Stanley Cup team.  The only thing that got people ruffled was in the 2nd period when Coach Q decided to juggle his lines with Daniel Carcillo jumping up to the first line.  This had been the first season with Q at the helm that he hasn’t been messing with lines nightly, but it didn’t last long with Saad re-joining the first line after a couple of shifts. 

Friday night had a playoff feel it will be interesting how the United Center sounds and feels for the Blue Jackets.

Who’s Hot- Vinny Prospal has two goals in the last three games for Columbus, while Brandon Saad scored a short-handed winner Friday night and has played very well all season long and could be ready for a scoring eruption.

Prediction- The Hawks own the Blue Jackets and during any other circumstance I would say this would be an easy W for the Blackhawks. This is different circumstance the Blue Jackets could bring their A game and try to crash the Hawks history party.  They have played hard without anything to show for it but that being said the Hawks win this one  in OT 4-3. 

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