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Morning Skate (Part 2): Blue Jackets at Red Wings

(*Editor's note: Sorry about the confusion of the first post. We had some minor technical difficulties that have been resolved. Let's try this again)

The Blue Jackets and Wings complete their home and home series tonight as Columbus heads north to the Joe. The Wings fought back from an early 2-0 deficit last night to tie the game, but were unable to get the winner as they lost 3-2 to the Jackets in a shootout. The Wings will look to put last night's loss behind them and get back to their winning ways.

For the Wings, last night's loss was their second in a row after a three-game winning streak, while the Jackets will be looking to get on a winning streak of their own for the first time since 2010.

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This will be a quick morning skate since we just did this yesterday. Bullets and prediction form after the jump.

  • The Wings will definitely be looking to get off to a better start tonight than they did last night. In the last 3 games, the Wings have been outscored 6-2 in the first period. A lead at some point in the game before the third period would be really nice.
  • Per the Free Press, Joey MacDonald is getting the start tonight while they continue to evaluate Jimmy Howard and his knee injury. In the last 2 games that Joey has come on in relief of Jimmy, he has surrendered a grand total of 2 goals (one of which was in the shootout last night) while making 36 saves. He gets his first start of the year for the Wings, and I'm going to be watching very closely how he plays in the first period. He played really well last night and deserved a better fate.
  • Tomas Holmstrom sustained a broken right hand after getting hit with the puck, and he's out at least 4 weeks. As of this writing, it is unclear who will take his place on the top line, and we'll definitely be keeping our eye out for what the lines are going to look like. What are your thoughts on who should get a shot with Hank and Mule?
  • Steve Mason had a pretty good game for the Jackets last night, but it looked to me like he was really fighting the puck a lot. The Wings should definitely try to get more traffic in front of him to hinder his vision and disrupt his timing. One thing I noticed is that his size really helped him go post-to-post on some of the cross-ice chances the Wings had yesterday.
  • Henrik Zetterberg's points streak was stopped last night at 11 games, but it wasn't from lack of trying: he had 5 shots on goal to lead the team in that category. However, it was mentioned during the game thread last night that he looked to be moving a little slower than normal, and the question was asked of how bad his back really is.
  • Prediction: 4-1 Wings with your Player of the Game being Zetterberg.
  • Around the league: the Canucks continued to roll with a 4-2 win over the Capitals, and now sit 4 points clear of the Wings for the top spot in the West; the Devils actually won a game, beating the Lightning; and the Flyers stayed hot with a win over the Thrashers.