Saturday February 24th at The Columbus Blue Jackets
Making the five-hour drive to Columbus in February might be awful, but suck it up and find a friend with four-wheel drive. The Blue Jackets aren’t the central division punching bags they used to be and this should make for a good matchup. Plus you will get the see the return of Brandon Saad to Columbus first hand. I can only imagine his reception being positive, but who knows. You may also see former Blackhawk Artemi Panarin light the lamp against his former team. Or maybe Tyler Motte?
The Blackhawks always have issues with teams willing to outwork them. Two years ago they dominated us, and last year it was the Jets that had our number. The Blue Jackets won a ton a consecutive games in a row and had the coach and goalie of the year last season so it will certainly not be a cakewalk.
Just do yourself a favor and don’t stop in Cincinnati on your way back and eat any Skyline chili. It’s chocolate based and gross. Cinci people will tell you otherwise.