The Chicago Blackhawks have earned 15 of a possible 18 points over the last 2 1/2 weeks. A game against the Columbus Blue Jackets could help them secure two more.
The surging Blackhawks look to sweep the season series from the last-place Blue Jackets for the first time Tuesday night in Columbus.
Despite playing without captain and leading goal scorer Jonathan Toews (concussion), Chicago is 7-1-1 since Feb. 29. The Blackhawks (40-25-8), in sixth place in the Western Conference with 88 points, defeated Washington 5-2 on Sunday for their third straight victory.
"We're taking it one game at a time," defenseman Duncan Keith said. "We're trying to get better and trying to get points because nothing is set right now."
Rookie Andrew Shaw recorded his first two-goal game, while Viktor Stalberg, Patrick Kane and Bryan Bickell also scored for the Blackhawks, who have reached the four-goal mark four times in their last five games after doing it four times in their previous 21.
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