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[Game Thread] Wings vs. Blue Jackets

The Detroit Red Wings (31-9-6) play in their first game after the All-Star break against Central Division foe, the Columbus Blue Jackets (22-20-5).

Typically, this would not be a game that would generate much attention but the NHL has suspended captain Nicklas Lidstrom and forward Pavel Datsyuk from playing in the game. This decision has resulted in many angry columns and articles originating from GM Ken Holland's statements in support of his star players.

As if losing two stars for tonight's game isn't bad enough, the Wings will likely be without Brad Stuart and Johan Franzen due to injury. Hopefully the rested team will make up the absences of four of its top players, but we'll see. Should be a tough game.

The game starts at 7pm and will be shown on FSDetroit. Go Wings!