Warmups: Happy Birthday, Nick Leddy!

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The Blackhawks take on the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight at 6pm. Previews: NHL, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, SB Nation, Second City Hockey

Corey Crawford will be in net for the Blackhawks, more than likely. Steve Mason will be between the pipes for the Blue Jackets. (@smitchcd)

Nick Leddy turns 21 today. Yes, he’s just now old enough to drink legally in the United States. Remember this the next time you want to berate him, meatballs.

Speaking of Leddy, he’s been finding consistency since being paired with Johnny Oduya. (CSN Chicago)

Michael Frolik talks about being back in the lineup for consecutive games after being a healthy scratch for 13 of the last 17 games. (Chicago Sun-Times)

Patrick Sharp leads the Blackhawks with a plus-24 rating after being a minus-1 last year. (NHL)

After rumors of discontent in the front office, Rocky Wirtz comes out in support of coach Joel Quenneville. So there’s that. (ESPN Chicago)

Mark McNeill, the Blackhawks’ 2011 1st overall draft pick, is joining the Rockford IceHogs for the remainder of the season. (Prince Albert Raiders)

Seven Blackhawks prospects will be in the Canadian major junior playoffs — two in the QMJHL, two in the WHL, and three in the OHL. (NHL) The prospects are:

Finally, here’s a video of Marian Hossa discussing tonight’s game from the Chicago Tribune:

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