Game Preview (Preseason #4): The Blue Jackets and Blackhawks Meet For the Second Time This Preseason

By Sam Blazer on September 23, 2017 at 1:32 am
Zach Werenski tries to avoid Blackhawk players during a preseason game
Joseph Maiorana-USA Today Sports

Blue Jackets @ Blackhawks

8:30 p.m., United Center

TV/Stream: NHL Network

The Columbus Blue Jackets head to Chicago to take on the Blackhawks and face a team that has already beat them once this preseason. Joonas Korpisalo will look to redeem himself after a shaky start to his training camp.

The defense features a good amount of players that normally contribute to the NHL club. How they react to the always high-powered Blackhawks will be a compelling storyline.


According to the club, the Blue Jackets will align accordingly:

Left wing center right wing
Matt Calvert Alex Wennberg Oliver Bjorkstrand
Alex Broadhurst Calvin Thurkauf Vitaly Abramov
Bobby MacIntyre Lukas Sedlak Nick Moutrey
Brett Gallant Jordan Maletta Miles Koules
Zach Werenski Andre Benoit
Dean Kukan Jack Johnson
Ryan Murray Jacob Graves


Joonas Korpisalo/Brad Thiessen

What to Watch For

An informal viewing guide, if you will, for Saturday's game on NHL Network:

  • Wennberg Joins The Fray: Alex Wennberg joins the Blue Jackets after a visa issue and will debut in his first preseason game. After joining training camp late will there be rust to shake off or will he come out firing like he did last season
  • Troubling Backup? Joonas Korpisalo is the backup for the Blue Jackets. There is no doubt about that. What he is able to do in these preseason games isn't an indication of the player but if he posts another sub .900 sv%, that will raise eyebrows.
  • Last Chance To Impress: Players like Vitaly Abramov and Calvin Thurkauf did a great job while in Traverse City but they haven't scored at the same level in the preseason. The transition from junior hockey and the NHL is vast. These two players shouldn't be counted out if prior play is any indicator.​

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