Game Notes For Thursday vs. Columbus

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stats inc.jpg* The Blue Jackets dropped a 4-1 decision in St. Louis on Tuesday, snapping their season-high tying 3-game winning streak in the process. Columbus had a season-high 38 penalty minutes against St. Louis Tuesday - its highest total since recording a 64-PIM game vs. Calgary last season on March 26.
* Chicago lost, 3-1, to Anaheim in its last skate on Sunday and has now dropped two straight games overall. The last time the Blackhawks had a losing streak of three games or more was during a 5-game skid March 13-20 last season.
* Including a 4-3 shootout win by the Blackhawks in these clubs' first meeting of the season, (December 1st), each of the last four contests between Columbus and Chicago has been decided either in overtime or via shootout (each team has won two of those games).
* Kris Versteeg has scored a point in three straight games vs. the Blue Jackets (2g, 1a) and with an assist vs. Anaheim on Sunday, is currently riding an 8-game point streak overall (3g, 6a during streak).
* Chicago owns the league's best home record in 2009-10 at 20-5-1 (.788). Tonight's contest will be the Blackhawks 27th home game of the season - tying them with Ottawa for most in the league.
* Rick Nash dropped the gloves for the first time this season on Tuesday (David Backes) and was assessed a fighting major for just the fourth time in his NHL career. The last time Nash received a fighting major was on 11/14/07 when he mixed it up with former Blackhawk blueliner Jim Vandermeer.

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