Although they're at nearly opposite ends of the Western Conference standings, the Chicago Blackhawks and Columbus Blue Jackets have had three competitive matchups this season.
The results, though, have continued to be one-sided.
The well-rested Blackhawks will try to avoid dropping a third straight game since their NHL-record start by extending their recent dominance over the Blue Jackets on Thursday night.
Chicago hasn't played like the team that opened 21-0-3 in its last two games, giving up six goals each time in back-to-back defeats. The Blackhawks couldn't complete a rally from an early 4-0 deficit to Edmonton in a 6-5 defeat Sunday.
"Definitely disappointed with the way we began the game," coach Joel Quenneville said. "I like the response, though, after that.''
That was the team's seventh contest in 11 days, and Chicago has since gotten a significant break before starting a four-game road trip.
"We've got to take advantage,...