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Saturday, April 15th (All times eastern)

Chicago Blackhawks (24-42-13) at Columbus Blue Jackets (33-42-4), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Columbus Blue Jackets hope to regain their winning touch tonight, as they welcome the Chicago Blackhawks to Nationwide Arena for the opener of a home-and-home series.

The Blue Jackets ended a three-game losing streak with Thursday's win over visiting St. Louis. Columbus had won six straight before the three-game slide.

Sergei Fedorov scored a goal and added an assist as the Blue Jackets defeated the Blues, 4-1, at Nationwide Arena.

Pascal Leclaire made 26 saves for Columbus. Mark Hartigan, Aaron Johnson and Manny Malhotra also tallied for the Blue Jackets.

Rostislav Klesla added two assists in the victory.

The Blue Jackets and Blackhawks will meet again on Sunday in Chicago. Columbus will end its season with a home tilt against Dallas on Tuesday.

Chicago has dropped four straight and six of its last seven contests. The Blackhawks were handed a 7-3 setback by Detroit on Thursday, as Brendan Shanahan recorded his 17th career hat trick to lead the Red Wings.

Radim Vrbata posted a goal and an assist for the Blackhawks, who lost their fourth straight. Kyle Calder and Patrick Sharp also scored in the loss.

Starting netminder Nikolai Khabibulin allowed five goals on 17 shots for Chicago before being replaced by Craig Anderson at 6:55 of the second. Anderson allowed two goals on 23 shots.

Chicago will host St. Louis on Tuesday to close out the season.

Columbus is 13th in the Western Conference with 70 points, while the Blackhawks are nine back in 14th place.

The Jackets are 4-2 against the Blackhawks this season.

04/15 10:30:13 ET

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