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Game Thread: Wings @ Jackets

Columbus Blue Jackets
(14-18-7, 35pts)
Game 39 Detroit Red Wings
(19-14-5, 43 pts)


vs. Redwings_medium
Arena: Nationwide Arena--Columbus, OH
Starting goalie: Steve Mason
Starting goalie: Jimmy Howard
10-13-5, 3.40 GAA
12-8-1, 2.33 GAA
SBN Blog: The Cannon Last meeting: 2-1 Detroit Win

7:00 PM EST

TV: Versus, TSN2

Detroit heads into Columbus for what should be an interesting game. The Jackets have lost their last 9 games and 12 of their last 13 while the Wings have started to turn things around a little bit. Valtteri Filppula (pictured above) will be a good player to watch tonight as he tries to get back on track following a wrist injury that put him out for longer than anyone supporting the Red & White would have wanted.

Jimmy Howard gets the start in net again tonight, following the last outing which was a 2-1 Detroit win. Howard has started 8 of the last 10 in net for Detroit, winning 5 of the 8. Will Todd Bertuzzi follow up his two goal performance with another good game? Will Pavel Datsyuk finally get something going offensively?

Puck drops at 7:00 P.M. ET and the game can be seen on Verus or TSN2. Join us for the game thread and as always, GO WINGS!

Lineup after the jump

Howard in net