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Blue Jackets aim for 2nd win, visit Blackhawks

Oct 29, 2011 - 2:17 PM (Sports Network) - A poor showing last night led to the end of a seven-game point streak for the Blackhawks.

The struggling Blue Jackets certainly aren't going to feel sorry for the Central Division leaders.

Columbus hopes to pick up just its second victory of the season and first on the road this evening versus Chicago, which has still yet to lose at home in regulation on the year.

The Blue Jackets got off to the worst start in club history by posting an 0-7-1 mark over their first eight games. They finally got their first victory at home over the Red Wings on Tuesday, but fell right back into the loss column two nights later with a 4-2 setback in Buffalo.

Columbus logged 43 shots on net in defeat, but went 0-for-6 on the power play. The Blue Jackets fell to 0-5 on the road this season.

"We're playing hard, we're doing the right things," said head coach Scott Arniel.

Defenseman James Wisniewski agreed.

"I don't think we struggled, it's just not getting the breaks," he added, referencing the club's high shot total. "That's all about maybe bearing down and working a little bit harder, but right now, just moving on."

Vinny Prospal and Fedor Tyutin scored for Columbus, while Steve Mason made 22 saves. Prospal leads the Blue Jackets with four goals and nine points.

The Blackhawks had posted a 5-0-2 mark since a season-opening loss in Dallas, but saw that run come to an end last night with a 3-0 setback at Carolina. Chicago fired 30 shots at Hurricanes netminder Cam Ward, but he stopped all of them.

"We got dominated in all areas of the game and we weren't very good tonight," said head coach Joel Quenneville, whose club is 3-0-2 at home on the year. "They were the more determined team and it was clear from the outset.

"I didn't like how we played."

Corey Crawford made 30 saves, including a stick stop of Carolina's Eric Staal on a penalty shot in the second period.

However, Ward made the stop of the game when he got a pad on Chicago captain Jonathan Toews' breakaway chance in the middle frame.

"When you've got momentum, you've got to keep it and hold on to it," said Toews. "Hopefully we can get back to the way we were playing [Saturday] night."

The Blackhawks have won eight of their last 12 over the Blue Jackets, but have lost three of the last four at home in this series.