Chicago (4-3-3) at Columbus (4-6-0) 7:00 p.m. EDT
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Ticker) — Fredrik Norrena finally managed to
earn a win for the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Norrena looks to make it two in a row on Saturday, when the Blue
Jackets host the Chicago Blackhawks.
Columbus has been without starting goaltender Pascal Leclaire,
who was placed on injured reserve Monday after suffering an
ankle injury in a 2-1 loss to Minnesota on October 25. Leclaire
also dealt with a sprained ankle during the preseason.
Norrena suffered the loss against the Wild before enduring a 3-2
setback to the Anaheim Ducks on Monday. The 34-year-old finally
ended the slide on Thursday, making 30 saves en route to his
first win of the season, a 4-2 triumph over Colorado.
Norrena will have to be at his best against the Blackhawks, who
rank eighth in the NHL with an average of 3.2 goals per game and
are coming off a 5-2 rout of the Dallas Stars on Friday.
Chicago is 3-1-2 since Joel Quenneville took over the coaching
duties from Denis Savard on October 16.
The Blue Jackets will be without Jared Boll on Saturday after
the right wing received an automatic one-game suspension for
receiving an instigator penalty in the final five minutes of
Thursday’s win. In addition, the NHL fined coach Ken Hitchcock
$10,000 as a result of Boll’s actions.