Blackhawks Vs. Blue Jackets Game Preview: Hawks Look To Improve Power Play Against Lowly Blue Jackets

ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 8: Corey Crawford #50 of the Chicago Blackhawks makes a save against the St. Louis Blues at the Scottrade Center on November 8, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Blues beat the Blackhawks 3-0. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

The Blackhawks (8-4-3) travel to Ohio for a Thursday night game against the lowly Columbus Blue Jackets (2-11-1). Chicago has a three game winning streak at Nationwide Arena.

GAME TIME: 6 p.m. CST at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

TV: CSN

On Thursday night, the Chicago Blackhawks (8-4-3) take to the road to face off against the NHL's worst team, the Columbus Blue Jackets (2-11-1). While the Hawks are trying to stop their first losing streak of the season and improve upon what has become the league's worst power play efficiency, the Blue Jackets are still stewing in the aftermath of an embarrassing 9-2 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday.

When the two teams met earlier this season in Chicago, the Blackhawks won 5-2 despite going 0-5 on power play opportunities. That was before the issue became such a glaring problem, and now players like captain Jonathan Toews  are focused on making an improvement in that area:

"The problem is we're making the number out to be a big deal. Right now who cares about the stat? We know we've got to be better, so we've got to keep working on it."    

Stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago for more information, and for in-depth analysis on the Chicago Blackhawks be sure to visit Second City Hockey. For more on the Blue Jackets, you can check out  Jackets Cannon. Visit SB Nation NHL for more news and notes around the league.

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